Friday, 28 November 2014

This week on the farm

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Hello. This hasn't been the best week for us. As many of you already know we have had a large number of our Christmas trees cut down and stolen. So there has been a lot of wine and chocolate consumed this week to cope with the stress (not during work hours of course!). Thank you for all your support on Twitter, Facebook and in person, we do appreciate it very much.

This week we wanted to introduce you to three members of staff that you may not be familiar with. Toby, Sean and Harry form our highly skilled landscape and maintenance team.You can find out more about each of them and the work they do by clicking on our Landscaping page. Although they are not often on the farm working, occasionally they are brought in to carry out some important jobs that Vicky and Jeni couldn't possibly do! This week they were carrying out some vital tree work down in the field and we had to take some photographs of them in action. It's impressive stuff and not a job for anyone who is afraid of heights! They are also available to carry out other gardening work and further details can be found on our Landscaping page.

We have no Farmers Market this Saturday so Vicky will be based in the shop this weekend. She looks forward to seeing you soon. Thanks for reading. 

Friday, 21 November 2014

Christmas Tree Time!

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Hello! It's that time of the year again. It comes around way too fast!

Our Christmas tree field is now open and ready for you to come select the perfect tree for the festive season. We've got several different varieties and can advise on needle drop, scent and how to look after your tree to keep it looking it's best throughout the holiday.

Unfortunately this year we are unable to take reservations and we are advising you to come choose a tree on the day you want to take it home. We sadly have had a large number of trees stolen and we don't want to disappoint anyone with the loss of their chosen tree. So this season we are operating on a first come, first served basis.

Please do bear in mind if you are coming to choose a tree that it's a good idea to wear sensible shoes - ideally walking boots or wellies as it's a bit muddy in the field! It's also a good idea to think carefully about the size of tree you want for your home - how much space have you got and what height restrictions do you have?

In addition we will have an excellent selection of pre-cut trees available to takeaway and lots of lovely potted trees. Large or small, we'll find you the right tree for your space.

Don't forget to check our opening hours before you set off! You can find them here.  During the winter months on Sundays we are closing at 3pm.

We look forward to welcoming you down at the farm to pick your tree. You'll also get a warm reception from our three spaniels!

PS - we have a lot of small trees growing in the field that need more time to grow. Because of this we are unable to cut any tree under 5ft. We do have alternatives if you are looking for a smaller tree, again just ask one of our team for advice.

Saturday, 8 November 2014

A week of two halves....

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Well it's been a hard old week down on the farm! It started off with lots of lovely days of sunshine and we were all out harvesting our potato crop wearing t-shirts. We were still at it Thursday afternoon when the weather took a turn for the worst and the heavens opened. So we were head to toe covered in mud! Friday it didn't stop raining at all,  but we had to keep working through the awful conditions and prepare for the farmers market at Headingley.  We were all absolutely soaked wet through and shattered by the end of the day.

So the blog post is a bit short this week. For now we've gathered together a collection of our recent Instagram images including a shot of our potato harvest. We've sacked up the fabulous Cara (great mash, chips and fantastic for jackets) and Desiree (red skinned, perfect for boiling, chips and makes the best dauphinoise) in a variety of sizes all available in the farm shop.

We'll be back next week hopefully a bit more refreshed!