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Sweetcorn young cobs

Pick your own fruit finished for 2017

The pick your own summer fruit has finished for 2017. THANK YOU to all our wonderful customers and staff for making it such an enjoyable season. The PYO is over but the farm shop is open year-round. Sweetcorn starts mid-August so stay tuned. Next year will be here before you know it, so sign up to […]

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Gooseberry buds in spring

Spring on the farm

The first buds are forming on the plants, which means it’s spring on the farm already. There’s a real buzz around the farm at this time of year as all the plants spring back into life. This mixed with some nervous energy – what kind of season will we have this year? Growing summer fruit […]

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Freshly frozen fruit

Freshly frozen fruit in farm shop

The fruit season may be over but don’t despair, we’ve stocked the freezers throughout the summer so you can enjoy freshly frozen fruit at any time of year. Whizz frozen fruit together with yogurt to make smoothies, create a simple compote to add to ice cream, or use it in your favourite recipes – there are many […]

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Strawing the strawberries

Straw under the strawberry plants

We just laid a thick layer of straw under all the strawberry plants so that the developing berries have something soft and mud-free to rest on.  We use a machine to chop the straw and put it into the row; then we follow behind with a pitchfork, making sure the straw is under the plants […]

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Gooseberry bush blossom

Late spring on the farm

The farm has suddenly burst into life and the fields are lush and green. It’s a busy and exciting time of year as the crops get ready for their impending fruit season. Fruit season 2013 So far this year, everything is running about two weeks later than normal, which would mean the fruit will be […]

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Raspberry canes in the snow

Early spring: a farm in hibernation

The calendar says it’s spring, the clocks have changed, and even the nights are drawing out. But looking at the farm you’d be forgiven for thinking that winter is still firmly with us. Being a farmer in the UK has its special challenges but this decade has had a particularly bizarre collection of spring weather: […]

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Deep strawed strawberry plants

Winter on the farm

The only fruit we have at this time of year is frozen in the farm shop, but there’s still plenty to keep us busy! The to-do lists include pruning, planting and maintenance, so whenever the sun shines (or at least, when it doesn’t rain), we’re out on the field. The wet weather this winter continues […]

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Freshly frozen summer fruit

What happens in the winter?

The pick your own summer fruit has finished for 2012 but you can still have your taste of summer! The farm shop opens daily, stocked with freshly frozen fruit and local produce. The farm keeps us busy throughout the winter, with pruning, planting and maintenance tasks – read our fruit grower’s diary for more information on […]

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Sweetcorn growing in the fields

August on the farm

August is the afternoon of the summer fruit season: the earlier cropping strawberries and gooseberries are coming to an end, the later raspberries and currants are fruiting with gusto, and we’re busy preparing the farm for its winter hibernation. Fruiting crops The late raspberry variety, Octavia, fruits until late August, and the black and red […]

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Broad bean blossom

The month of May

The month of May on the farm is a busy time: the crops are growing like crazy, getting ready for their time in the sun. It’s also the month before we open for pick your own, so we’re busy dusting down the scales and mowing the pathways. The strawberries go from blossom to green fruit […]

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