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Sausage Saturday 19th October 2013 – Pre-Order Now

October 2, 2013

Sausage Saturday - Oct 13In the next few days some of our pure bred Middle White gilts will be ready to go off to the Butchers, and as a result we are holding our much awaited Autumn Sausage Saturday Event on Saturday 19th October, here at Heatherhurst Grange.

We will be open between 11am and 3pm, with some sample sausages to try on the BBQ, as well as selling some of these amazing sausages, which are being professionally prepared by our butcher “Mark Turner & Daughters”, from Aldershot.

As always, our sausages will be prepared and vacuum packed in 6’s, and can be eaten fresh or frozen for use later on. Prices on the day will be £5 per pack, or 5 packs for £20. Due to demand we will accept reservations and pre-orders, and as a special promotion for pre-orders you get 6 packs for £20.

In addition to our Sausages, we will be launching our locally produced Lamb. In order to broaden the range of produce that we can supply locally, and to the highest standards we have recently bought a flock of top quality sheep which we are rearing in conjunction with Wildcroft Rare Breeds. Due to the requirement for large areas of grazing, our flock are situated on the Hogs Back, just 7 miles from Heatherhurst Grange, on the other side of Pirbright. Our Lambs will be produced and butchered to the same standards as our Pork and will be available to try on the day, with some available for sale also, in the following quantities. Leg of Lamb, Shoulder of Lamb, Lamb chops. We can also accommodate larger quantities by request. Price will be approximately £8.50 per kg.

If you can pop in on the day, please let me know by return so I can gauge numbers, and if you would like to pre-order please confirm your name, telephone number and quantity you would like to reserve. Email me at martin@heatherhurstgrange.co.uk

As ever, please remember that Heatherhurst Grange is our home so in attending you do so as an invited guest at your own risk. Also, Children must be accompanied at all times, as we have 3 deep ponds and lots of machinery on site.

We look forward to hearing from you, and hopefully seeing you on the day.

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Its been a foul week at Heatherhurst Grange

April 18, 2010

Life on a small-holding is always varied and full of challenges.

About four weeks ago we lost our flock of hens to a fox attack and our egg supply was stopped in its tracks. Thanks to kind donations of chickens from local friends and chicken keepers we have a new flock that is growing fast.

A kind neighbour donated a trio of Light Sussex and we’ve acquired seven more birds from a breeder in Hook and would you believe after a few painstaking days, we’ve caught a cockerel, a turkey, a Dutch bantam, a peacock and a peahen that had been deserted in the woods by Basingstoke canal and had gone feral.

Who would believe a turkey, cockerel,  a hen and a peacock were running wild right here in Deepcut. Even our cat Ozzie couldn’t believe his eyes!

Eventually we caught them and integrated them into our flock. Catching a wild turkey is not as easy as you might imagine, and it’s been a steep learning curve for us, not to mention a few late nights hiding in the bushes.

All in all over the last two weeks, three cockerels and eleven hens have taken up residence and this week thanks to the change in weather and some care and attention our egg production has been resumed in abundance. Omelettes are back on the menu!

Our pigs are progressing at a steady rate and the three Oxford Sandy & Blacks only have for weeks to go before they are ready for “finishing”. I’m determined to make their last few weeks as happy as possible, and the meat as tasty as it can be for our customers and our pork tasting event at the end of May. As a result the pigs have had extra treats in the form of Banana’s, Grapes, and Apples to supplement their daily diet. I’ve also been sure to give them plenty of shade and keep their muddy wallow topped up and wet so they can roll around and coat themselves in mud to avoid sunburn, as pigs are the only creature aside from humans who get burnt in the sun.

Finally we did an inspection of our bee hive this week but had to call it short as I got stung, and had to retreat nursing my wounds. An inspection at this time is essential to ensure a healthy colony and that the Queen Bee is “in lay” ready to grow the colony for the spring flow of pollen. Unavoidably, a resumed inspection will take place this week, and I’ll post some photos the next update.

Upon reflection it’s been a glorious week at Heatherhurst Grange and the long, cold, short days of the winter are a fading memory. Spring is upon us and it would appear that the mood in the animal kingdom has picked up as much as it has for us humans.

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Web blog beggining to take shape

March 26, 2010

The site is really starting to take shape now. Martin has emailed over some superb images which capture the small holding beautifully..

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The Heatherhurst Grange web blog is born

March 25, 2010

Heatherhurst Grange web blog is born. This exciting community project places sustainability right at the heart of Deepcut. More to follow shortly