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Farm shop opening times:
Monday - closed
Tuesday - closed
Wednesday - 8am till 5:30pm
Thursday - 8am till 5:30pm
Friday - 8am till 5:30pm
Saturday - 9:30am till 3pm
Sunday - 10am till 11.30am
The breakfast room is open (booking essential)
8am to 10am Wednesday to Sunday,
Sausage making - 19th October
Pie making - 9th November
Christmas Gammon - 23rd November
Three Bird Roast - 14th December
Sausage making - 25th January
Pie making - 8th February
Lambing in full swing!
April was a tough month; because of the foul weather our ewes were lambing indoors, space was tight and by mid April we were using our last bale of bedding straw. With not a spare bale to buy in the area our fittest ewes and lambs had to go out into the wet fields. By the end of April all but 7 ewes had lambed and the majority were outdoors. Despite the fields turning greener the cold weather has stunted the grass growth. Even at the end of April there wasn’t enough grass for our cattle to graze and we were supplementing their diet with the silage made last summer.
By May we had applied the first dressing of fertilizer to our grassland, as soon as the weather improves our grass should grow well. This spring we are planning to reseed some of our land with a clover / grass seed mix. Clover is brilliant at fixing nitrogen from the air into the soil, by growing this low input mix we should use less fertilizer in the future. The fields have been sprayed with weedkiller in preparation to sow the clover and grass seeds. As soon as the seed is sown we shall apply lime to optimise our soil pH.
On top of the land work the heavy snow has pulled down dry stone walls and damaged fences which will also need repairing this spring – busy times ahead.
At the end of April a couple renewed their wedding vows at the farm, their friends and family took over the bed and breakfast for the weekend and our local vicar conducted the ceremony at the farm. It was a lovely service and congratulations to Kim and David.