Wednesday, 14 December 2016

Christmas and New Year Opening Hours


Hello there! We have been super busy down on the farm for the past few weeks. Thanks to everyone for coming down and choosing your Christmas tree! We are loving seeing them all decorated and twinkling in their new homes so keep sharing them on the Whiteley's Farm Facebook Page. We still have plenty to choose from so if you haven't been in for your tree yet, pop down and see us soon. 

If you haven't already, please drop off your Christmas Order Form by Friday 16 December for us to be able to begin planning for next week. It has been in the press recently that there is going to be a sprout shortage in the UK but we won't be running short of sprouts! We are also proud to say that we cut and sell the sprout tops too, just ask in the farm shop if we don't have any on display. Check out our currently harvesting list on the right-hand side of this page to see what else we have fresh from our field. 

Our opening hours are listed below for the Christmas and New Year period:

Christmas Eve:  9.30am - 12.30pm
Then we will be taking a short break and will re-open:
Friday 30 December 2016:  9.30am - 4pm. 
Saturday 31 December 2016: 9.30am - 4pm. 
Sunday 1 January 2017: Closed.
Monday 2 January 2017: Closed. 
From Tuesday 3 January 2017 we will be open Monday - Saturday 9am - 4pm. 

** Please note: WE WILL BE CLOSED ON ALL SUNDAYS THROUGHOUT JANUARY. **


Thank you all for your custom this year and we wish you all a very Merry Christmas! 




Monday, 14 November 2016

November on the farm











Hello there. November has brought us sunny days, rainy days and now snowy days! Winter is fast approaching. But we have lots of tasty and nutritious produce to get you through the cold period. From our always popular kale, chard and cabbages to our own personal favourite, sprouts! Our homegrown produce is always freshly picked no matter what the weather.





Check out the right hand sidebar to see what we are currently harvesting or alternatively if you follow us on social media you can see all our farm news as it happens! Links at the bottom of this post. 


We now also offer our lovely produce delivered straight to your door! Find out more about our veg box delivery service here. And our shelves are stuffed full of goodies ideal for Christmas hampers - from cordials made by The Seasonal Larder using our own homegrown produce, chutneys, vinegars to our brand new special edition Granny's Christmas Jam! 



This coming Saturday we will be at Oakwood Farmers Market, so do pop along and see us there. Alternatively visit us at the farm shop, click here for opening hours. And please do go give us a like over on FacebookInstagram or Twitter where we post regular updates. We hope to see you soon!




Thursday, 3 November 2016

Autumnal Days on the Farm




Well we have had a warm dry Autumn on the farm so far this year. However, there has been a definite chill in the air over the last few days so jumpers and hats have been donned. In fact as I write I am watching the tendrils of flames flickering around the newly placed logs on my wood burning stove and thinking that this is one of  the benefits of the clocks going back and the cold dark nights drawing in.

If you are lucky enough to have a real fire/stove you can call in to get your logs from the farm, they are dry, seasoned, ready to burn and are only £3.75 per bag. We have a bulk buy offer of ten bags for only £35 if you are collecting them. We can also deliver logs directly to your door along with our lovely fresh fruit and veg boxes and sacks of potatoes. Our minimum delivery is only £10 to the local area and you might notice us out and about a bit more as our van has been in for a bit of a revamp.

Christmas is only just around the corner and we have already had customers wanting to know when they can come in for a tree! We have been busy clearing the weeds from the Christmas tree patch and will be opening up the fields from the last weekend in November.

In the nursery we have been busy tidying up and potting up plants to be ready for the spring however you really don't need to wait til then to get planting. Now is an ideal time to plant out fruit trees and bushes as well as new shrubs so that they will be established and ready to get growing when the ground warms up in the spring. We also have lots of  well rotted manure to give the garden a good feed.

So come on in to see us or call us for a delivery on 07981211016 we'd love to hear from you soon.

Thursday, 14 July 2016

July on the farm



Sowing, planting, picking and watering all make for busy days down on the farm. July sees us harvesting our luscious homegrown fruit - strawberries, rhubarb, redcurrants, gooseberries and raspberries, packed with the flavours of summer. Always freshly picked and available in our farm shop. We have lots of other homegrown produce on offer too, check out the sidebar for what we are currently harvesting. We also now offer vegetable box schemes too which are perfect for gym drop-offs and slimming groups. Please get in touch via our contacts page for further details.




On Saturday you will find us at Oakwood Farmers Market where we will have plenty of delicious homegrown produce and plants for sale on our stall including all the summer fruits! And as usual, the nursery and farm shop will be open all weekend. See you then!



Wednesday, 25 May 2016

Where Did Spring Go?













Well I'm not sure how it happened but April disappeared in the blink of an eye or so it seems and already May is almost at an end so once again I find myself apologising for not keeping the blog up to date!

We have been exceptionally busy on the farm as you can imagine it is the main sowing and growing period. Lots of seeds and cuttings, frantically potting up plants to get out for sale along with harvesting the first crops of the season.

We are in the midst of asparagus season which is always a delight here on the farm. We only ever eat it in the English season as quiet honestly when you have pulled the 'grass' in the morning and eat it for dinner that day all the other stuff is completely inferior and is not worth bothering with. Maybe we are asparagus snobs but hey, somethings are worth a bit of snobbery!

Along with the grass we are harvesting radishes, lettuces, spring greens, rhubarb, mixed spicy leaf, strawberries, spinach, chard, herbs and only today we have the first of the early (tunnel) courgettes. It won't be long until we are delivering to all our lovely shops and restaurants although the cold spring has meant that we are a little behind.

We are currently open 7 days a week Monday to Fridays just after 9 til 4pm Saturdays 9.30 til 4 and Sundays 10 til 4 so hopefully you can manage to get in on one of these days to see us.




Saturday, 26 March 2016

What a difference a day makes!

Photo from whiteleysfarm







Spring is proving to be an up and down affair this year and it is definitely a case of what a difference a day makes. We can be basking in sunshine and working in tshirts one day then the following day we will be back into our winter attire complete with hats and gloves.

The sun always brings more people to the farm usually with a smile on their faces and a desperation to get out into the garden and inject some colour after the gloomy winter months. We have plenty of options available from the pretty faces of the violas and pansies to something a little more unusual like the little Andromeda (bottom photo).

Now is the perfect time to put in fruit trees and bushes before they begin to blossom and we have just put out our strawberry plants 3 varieties this year an early, mid and late season to extend the cropping period.

Demand is high for compost, manure and topsoil so much so that we are running out of bags to fill up with manure and topsoil. If you are tidying out the shed and you come across a stash of empty compost bags (they don't have to be ours!) then we would love for you to bring them in on your next visit to us. We will then re-use them.

Finally our veg packs and Tomato plants are not quite ready for sale yet but should be in the next week or two, it is still very early in the season for veggies to be going out so please remember that as a gardener the mantra is 'all in good time'.

Friday, 12 February 2016

Rhubarb with just a little bit of History






We are currently in the midst of the Yorkshire Forced Rhubarb season and we are picking our way through the sheds at the moment (as you can see from the top photo there is quite a lot of it to get through!). It's backbreaking work (quite literally as Bryn is having to see the Chiropractor) and there is a definite skill to picking it as it's very delicate and can snap very easily if not handled carefully. It comes out of the dark and is packed as quickly as possible to stop the leaves from turning green. Rhubarb is much more tender and sweeter when it is forced although it still retains a super tang.

As well as making super crumbles and fools it makes a lovely cordial as seen above. The wonderful Alison from The Seasonal Larder takes our rhubarb and hand makes some fantastic creations from cordials to chutneys and of course there is our very own home made Granny's Jam as well.

This year the weather has been so mild that the rhubarb has not really had a period of dormancy. The bottom picture shows one patch of rhubarb in the middle of January and it certainly should not look like this at that time of year. This has had an effect on the production of the forced rhubarb although we still have plenty in stock.

Finally a trip down memory lane click on the link to see what our farm looked like at the height of Rhubarb Green Top Season back in the summer of 1961!


                     
This film proves that Bryn's dad Brian Whiteley once had hair! Others on the film are Old Bert, Young Bert, Dennis Watson, Glenn Marshall, Raymond Barker, Terry Crowe, Mrs (Lily) Foster, Brenda Foster, Daphne Tidswell, Mrs Yates, Malcombe Yates and 3 Friends (if anyone knows who the 3 friends are please let us know)

Wednesday, 27 January 2016

January on the Farm









Well we are almost at the end on January and we are not sure how that has gone by so quickly and suppose it is a little too late to wish you Happy New Year but hey, why not, Happy New Year!

No matter what the weather is doing we are still open, our opening times are Wednesday - Friday   10am-4pm Saturdays 9.30am-4pm and Sundays 10am-4pm we would love to see you even when it is wet, windy and snowy.

With January being the month of resolutions maybe to lose a bit of weight or eat healthier we have introduced a £10 veg box (image 2). These can be ordered and picked up from the shop call 07981211016 to order. We are also happy to deliver locally (minimum 5 boxes) to either your workplace, gym, or even slimming club so ask your friends, colleagues or gym partners if they are interested in taking up this offer with you. Fruit boxes are also available as are our delicious free range eggs.

Everyone needs to have a little luxury every now and then and mum has been busy making some new jams, if you have never tried them then you are seriously missing out. New in this week is Strawberry with Apple Jelly, Lemon Curd and hot out of the pan Heaven in A Jar which is our most popular Peach Raspberry & Amaretto.

Finally when you come in you may need to give us a shout as we will be in the tunnel as we are currently on our early spring cleaning mission, sorting out labels, sowing the first batch of seeds and potting on. It might be winter but we are definitely thinking of spring.