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Sunday, 21 April 2013

Is this Spring?

Well, the weather has been a little warmer this week, which encouraged us to do a little more planting outside. The broad beans have now left the shelter of buildings to the full exposure of the field weather. We planted parsnip seeds, and this week, weather permitting we will continue with more.
The birds are still ravenous on the bird table and feeders which I guess is a sign that food is still very scarce out there.
The ducks and chicken are laying profusely now, they must know something that we don't, this is the first week I have picked up lots of eggs. We acquired a new drake this week as the original didn't seem to be doing the business, we want some baby ducklings!
On Tuesday we went to a trade show at Westpoint to source some new stock, hopefully you will see some on the shelves soon. Finding new, quality, local stock that the supermarkets don't have is increasingly difficult.
The shop was quite quiet this week, no catering events. Oxtail stew was on the menu for Friday lunch this week, followed with chocolate and banana pudding, chocolate sauce and clotted cream.
I've attached a picture along with a few others of our newly re-furbished church, venue of Oasis on a Monday morning. Stuffed lamb breast is on the menu in there this Monday, the 22nd.
The customers like to get involved, one of them feeding the tame lambs, in the elusive sunshine.

Sunday, 14 April 2013

Another week.

Another week has come and gone.
The weather has been a little kinder to us this week.
We planted all our maincrop potatoes before the rain set in this week, let's hope for a better crop than last years.
The cucumbers and courgettes that lived with us in the house for several weeks are now happily re-homed in the heated tunnel, along with the tomatoes.
Unfortunately the veggie boxes are becoming  a little difficult to fill, the winter veg is coming to an end, and the spring/summer veg is reluctant to grow in difficult weather conditions, so we are having to tell customers that we will be unable to continue until we have sufficient veg again.
For those of you that follow us on twitter you will have read that our lambs were attacked by a dog last weekend, unfortunately, Abraham died late on Sunday afternoon, even more sad was the fact that it was Sophies ex tame lamb, not nice news to come home from your holiday to receive, there were tears.
We had 2 baby calves during the week, one needed assistance, everything was fine. It's a good job we have a nice new shed to be able to partition off a maternity ward.
Sally went off to visit her boyfriend, leaving her sausages on legs as I call them, behind.
We had another catering job this week in the shop, but life was a little easier with a full workforce on board .Friday lunch was black pudding stuffed pork tenderloin, saute potatoes, kale, peas and swede followed with a dessert of apple, cinnamon and lemon torte, vanilla ice cream and clotted cream.
Tomorrow we do it all again. Monday we supply Oasis at our chapel in the village with lunch, Beef Cobbler and off we go again.....

Friday, 5 April 2013

A busy week.

We've had a busy week here on the farm with much of the workforce away on holiday. It's been bitterly cold which didn't help the outdoor work, but the boys coped admirably.
The sheep are fed up with not having any spring grass and become terribly discontent. The hogs escaped from their indoor quarters and found themselves able to associate with the ewes, giving us another job to do of sorting them all out, one we could have done without.
Unfortunately we can't do anything about the weather ( or probably a good thing ) but it is making life increasingly more difficult. Thankfully we have plenty of hay and silage still, but the animals become restless and prefer some juicy grass at this time of the year.
The chicken got into the tunnel during the week and devastated the lettuces, mutilated 50% of the spring cabbages, I was not a happy bunny, everything is already very scarce so I could have well done without that happening.
The shop has remained busy, some holiday makers around, and all my faithful regulars. A full house today for lunch, which was chicken and broccoli in a creamy delicious sauce, garlic potatoes, baked carrots and leeks, savoy and peas cooked in butter, followed by Banoffie pie with clotted cream.
We also had a large catering event on this week, so, just another normal week at Fionas Farm Fayre, and an unexpected baby calf just to finish the week off, the weekend is still to come!!

Tuesday, 2 April 2013

April Fool

Well, even though we do think we are the Best Farm Shop in Devon, it was all done in the spirit of April Fools Day.
Several of our customers thought it was a genuine accolade and well deserved, which was extremely
nice of them.

Monday, 1 April 2013


Received this, this morning.
Best Farm Shop in Devon.