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More New Arrivals

June 28, 2010

Since our last blog nearly a month ago, we have had some more new arrivals. In addition to our Oxford Sandy & Black piglets who arrived at the end of May, our menagerie has been grown by the arrival of three French white geese, who have taken up residence in the bottom paddock, and both our Light Sussex hens have successfully hatched eggs, so there are four very cute chicks to add to our flock.

Egg production is now at its highest level of the year so far, and after this weeks hive inspections, our bee colonies are bursting with honey due to be extracted in the next few weeks.

We’ve also just pulled our first potato crop and for the first time since we started out we have home produced supplies in abundance. I’m starting to realise what all of the hard work through the winter is all about and with a large bucket full of elderflower sparkling wine fermenting in the utility room, waiting to be bottled we should soon be able to sit down and enjoy our first complete meal produced entirely on site; honey roast ham, egg, potatoes and salad washed down with our home made sparkling wine… Not the most elaborate of culinary delights you might think, but every ingredient produced and supplied by the amazing creatures we look after here, or grown in our own soil, it will taste magical.

Next week heralds the departure of our Middle White pigs, and as ever whilst we’ll be sad to see them go, as they are renowned for being the supreme porker I can’t wait to taste the pork they produce.

We still have a couple of quarters left due to regular customers being on holiday, and the good news is, due to our expanding herd and the reduction in feed by buying in bulk we have reduced the cost of a quarter box of pork to just £85. That works out to around £3.40 per lb, which is comparable to most supermarket prices, but for a product that is entirely superior, not to mention the minimal food miles and happy and healthy lives these animals have led.  If you interested let us know, as delivery will be week commencing the 5th July. You can find details of the contents of a quarter box on our ordering page.

Next week we’ll start planning honey extraction and offering jars for sale locally, so if you like honey, or are a hay fever sufferer living in the area watch this space as eating honey from bees foraging pollen collected locally is reputed to increase immunity.

May the sun continue to shine for the coming few weeks and the pollen continue to flow…

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3 comments

  1. Waiting to try this marvelous produce. The work Michelle and Martin have put into this venture is so admired.


    • Let us know when the cider is ready and we will be over like gasere lightening!


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