Monday, 22 December 2014

Christmas Time at the Farm

Hello there!

Due to being a bit under the weather this week our blog post is a little late. But we wanted to remind you all that we are open on Tuesday 22 December (8am - 4pm) and on Christmas Eve (8am - 12.30pm) and then we will be closed until Wednesday 7 January 2015. So make sure you get in and stock up with lots of our lovely veggies asap!

If you are looking to try something different for your Christmas dinner, then why not give sprout tops a go? Tom Kerridge has been cooking them over on his BBC Christmas television programme alongside chestnuts as a cracking side dish. You can check out the recipe here. We have lots of lovely sprout tops available in the farm shop alongside sprout stalks and loose sprouts. If you are needing some more inspiration for cooking these little green gems, then please do check out our previous post here.

We also have freshly harvested potatoes for your roasting pan. If you haven't tried our Edzell Blues then you are in for a real treat. They have a violet-blue skin, white flesh and a floury texture. Best cooked in duck or goose fat, they don't need to be parboiled. Just pour boiling water over them, let them sit for about a minute, drain, then tip into your roasting pan. They make the perfect roast potato and you'll be giving your guests the best Christms dinner they will ever have!

And of course we have all your other favourite winter vegetables and fruits in the shop too as well as sacks of well seasoned, dry logs.

Thank you for all your support this past year. We wish you a very Merry Christmas!

All pictures via our Instagram feed.

Thursday, 11 December 2014

This week on the farm

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Hello there!

Thank you so much to everyone for supporting us on Small Business Saturday. We had so many happy customers visiting us to pick out their Christmas tree.  We still have lots of lovely trees available, so don't worry if you haven't already been to pick one out.

This week has also been busy on the farm. It's that time of year where we bring in the rhubarb roots, ready to begin the forcing process. It's a hard job but worth the pain in the back and legs when we get those first stalks of Timperley Early. We'll do a further post all about the forced rhubarb soon.

One of our nearby primary schools came for a tour of the farm as they are studying the history of rhubarb in the local area. The Year 4 kids had lots of great questions about vegetables and the bees, and left well informed about how and what we grow. They were also glad they wore their wellingtons!

Don't forget we have lots of lovely handmade wreaths and bunched holly for some extra festive cheer. Our Christmas order forms are available in the farm shop ready for us to put together a vegetable box for you.  And we have some great chutneys, pickles, jam, honey and balsamic vinegars for hampers.

Thanks for reading and we look forward to seeing you soon.

Friday, 5 December 2014

Small Business Saturday

Good Morning! Did you know that it is Small Business Saturday today? A day to celebrate and support your local community - to encourage us all to buy from local sellers, independents and makers. We try to do this all year round as being a small business we know how important it is to have loyal customers.

So while you are in choosing your Christmas tree, why not stock up on some lovely jams and marmalades, all handmade by Vicky's Mum. There is the ever popular Raspberry, Peach and Amaretto (otherwise known as Heaven in a Jar!), Rhubarb and Ginger and the newest creation, Fig and Cherry Brandy. Plus many more. We also have a fresh supply of Vicky's own honey, Chilli Jam Man products and Wildon Grange balsamic vinegars. These will all make a wonderful addition to a hamper for Christmas. We also have a beautiful range of handmade and all natural wreaths available in the farm shop.

If you are planning on some extra Christmas shopping this weekend, why not have a look at Twitter for a list of other Leeds small businesses who are intent on bringing you something different - just check out the hashtag #SmallBizSatUK #leeds.

Have a happy weekend. Thanks for reading and your continued support.