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Sunday, 26 January 2014

Wet, wet, wet.

This weather is a little tiresome, is that a polite way of putting it. Everywhere is saturated and takes very little to make a mess easily. Andrew and I did a little hedging during the week, it very quickly became a mud pit where we were trudging about, but the hedge looks better. Unfortunately because it has not had any attention for many, many years there was not much for Andrew to lay, so he had to make the best of not a lot. It's a job that I really enjoy.

We ordered our seed potatoes this week, I planted some broad beans in trays, away from mice and transplanted some broccoli in the tunnel, so we must be thinking about spring, one has to stay positive, it didn't feel like that this morning though, when it was hammering it down doing the farm work, but the sun is shining now, how quickly it alters.

Although I am complaining about this dreadful weather, and it really is, because it has been such a mild winter I don't think plants went into a complete shut down in growth.  In the tunnel things have grown all winter, weeds, but nevertheless, growth has continued so the plants have as well.  I have a lovely selection of lettuce and salad leaves from autumn planting.

This week saw the permission of the erection of a wind turbine on a neighbouring farm go through.  Sadly as always there are winners and losers in all these situations and they will always be contentious just as the solar panels looking hideous and using up valuable food producing land are.  I personally have no strong objections to turbines, although when this latest one is erected, we will be able to see 3 from our farm, my concerns are however, that they are tearing our communities apart like nothing else that I can remember. 

Our loyal customers continue to support us here in the shop so we will continue to try and serve them with good quality and value food and some banter which is enjoyed by all, well they keep coming back! 

Sunday, 12 January 2014

New Year.

We've now been open for a week since our break at Christmas, there is something to be said for normality, at least we know what day it is now.

It was good to have so many favourable reports on the turkeys that people had at Christmas, if I say so myself they were goooood!

The shop has been steady with lots of regulars coming in for coffees, teas and lunches and of course chat. I am trying to have a gluten free choice of cake now in the shop as we get more and more people wanting wheat free. Vegetarian savouries are usually available, as long as the meat eaters haven't had them first. We will continue to close at 4.30pm for the month of January but will return to 5.00pm closing in February.  The evenings are already drawing out, giving us a little more daylight.

The Oasis coffee shop returns tomorrow after our Christmas break with turkey stew on the menu,11.00am - 2.00pm.

We have a lovely assortment of winter veg, carrots, parsnips, beetroot, leeks, turnips, several varieties of kale, savoys, brussells, radishes, salad leaves, rocket, potatoes and the purple sprouting is just beginning to sprout, plenty of everything as well.  Our lunches use all our own produce as much as possible.

Pork will be the next fresh meat available, then hopefully lamb, then beef. If you think you may like some, call the shop.