Monday, 11 December 2017

Christmas and New Year Opening Hours

Hello! This is a quick post to let you know about our opening hours over the festive period and for the rest of the winter season.

Our opening hours up to Friday 22 December 2017 are:

Monday - Saturday 9 am - 4pm
Sunday - 10 am - 3pm

We will be open Saturday 23 December from 8 am - 4 pm. We will be closed on Christmas Eve so please make sure you pick up all your lovely veg for Christmas dinner before that! We will then be taking a much needed break over the Christmas and New Year period, re-opening on Wednesday 10 January. 

** From January and February 2018 we will be closed every Sunday and Monday. **

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year from all at Whiteley's Farm.

Wednesday, 27 September 2017

What to eat - September/October

It is most definitely feeling Autumnal on the farm. We've got a shop full of lovely fruits and vegetables that are reflecting the changing of the season - plums, apples, greengages sit happily alongside kale, cauliflowers, squashes and brassicas. In the kitchen it's the perfect time to start thinking about  heartier meals - foods that warm and nourish for those colder days. Here are a few of our own home grown vegetables that we are currently harvesting to get you in the mood for some Autumnal cooking.


A leafy green vegetable related to the sugar beet, has large tough leaves that taste like spinach. The stalk has an earthier flavour, more of a 'beetroot' taste. Chard is rich in iron. You can use it much the way that you would cook spinach or try some of these ideas below:

Cheesy Chard Gratin  from BBC Good Food.

Chard and Feta Tart or Chicken Salad with green beans and chard - both recipes by Nigel Slater

Chard and Bacon Pasta Sauce or Tomato, chard and sunflower seed pasta - recipes from Riverford

Chard and New Potato Curry - recipe from River Cottage

Sweetcorn and white maize 

How to use it - Boil for four to ten minutes depending on ripeness in unsalted water. Eat with melted butter. Use in fritters or soups too. Keep it in the fridge with the leaves still on but try to eat it as soon as it is picked as it is at its sweetest.  Here are some other recipe suggestions for corn or white maize:

Mexican sweetcorn pancakes, poached egg and salsa from BBC Food.

Sweetcorn dhansak from Riverford.

Thai sweetcorn fritters from Riverford.

Chicken and sweetcorn soup from Good Food.


One of the real highlights of Autumn, we grow many different varieties on the farm and they all are delicious. But they can be difficult to peel! They are best roasted - leave the skin on, quarter and deseed and lightly coat with olive oil. Roast in the oven for around 30 - 40 minutes before peeling back the skins and then chopping into chunks. Lovely in soups, stews, pasta dishes and risottos. Here are some other ideas to try with our beautiful squashes:

Squash, orange and barley salad from BBC Good Food.

Squash and lentil soup with chilli from Riverford

Squash and turkey bake from Nigel Slater

Squash and sausage risotto from BBC Good Food

Kohl Rabi (left image) 

We get asked a lot in the farm shop what is this and how do I cook it? Kohl rabi is a brassica and its name translates as 'cabbage turnip'. It has a light flavour and is slightly sweeter and milder than a cabbage or a turnip. It is great steamed, stir-fried or added to soups and stews. Below are some other ways to try these strange looking veg!

Kohl rabi and potato gratin from Riverford

Kohl rabi and peanut stir fry from Riverford

Kohl rabi, savoy cabbage and lamb bake from Delicious Magazine

Kohl rabi and carrot slaw from Delicious Magazine

Veg Box (right image)

Don't forget that we can provide you with our own veg boxes delivered to your door. Further details can be found on our Veg Box Delivery page here. Pictured above is one of our most recent £10 boxes.

Thanks for reading and we'll be back soon, once we've harvested all the pumpkins!

Thursday, 25 May 2017

May in the Nursery

May has brought us rainy days followed by sunny days and together they are making the plants in our nursery very happy indeed! With the bank holiday weekend approaching, do pop in and see our large selection of evergreen shrubs, perennials and bedding plants. The rhododendrons are looking particularly stunning at the moment, showing off their beautiful blooms against the blue sky. We have large specimens for sale alongside smaller dwarf varieties as well as some glorious red azaleas - all are great at brightening up those borders. If you are looking for perennials, then the lupins and foxgloves are starting to flower and are great for pollinators too!

In the poly tunnel we have a wide range of bedding packs to fill borders, containers and hanging baskets. From bright red geraniums, begonias in stunning shades of salmon pink to trailing lobelia, there are plenty of options to bring a bit of summer colour to your garden.

We have lots of vegetable packs for you to grow your own including kale, cauliflowers, lettuce and sweetcorn as well as offering single pots of cucumbers, chillies and tomatoes. If you are looking for something specific then please give us a call or send us a message on Facebook, details are at the top of this page.

Happy planting and we look forward to seeing you soon!

Bank Holiday Monday opening hours are 9am - 4pm.