Vital Veg, Goldcrest photo credit Gail Hampshire

Newsletter 2nd December 2019

Photo credit Gail Hampshire

On the Farm
Hurrah! We had a few rays of sunshine at the weekend, to lift the spirits. The soil is still very soggy however, and so harvesting is slow this week. Still, it is surprising what a boost even a few rays can be.

On the subject of boosting spirits, we took a moment to walk around the farm looking for birds at the weekend, and here are the species that we saw:
Blue tit, Great tit, Coal tit, Long-tailed tit, Dunnock, Goldfinch, Chaffinch, Bullfinch, Wren, Robin, Yellowhammer, Tree sparrow, Goldcrest, Wood pigeon, Starling, Blackbird, Crow, Buzzard, Red kite and Tree creeper. Quite a list, given that there were almost no birds when we arrived here 20 years ago. There were just a handful of trees on the farm, no hedges, and monoculture barley in the fields. We now have a patchwork of trees, hedges, vegetables, pasture and cereals (some of which we grow just for the birds). Much better all round!

Christmas holiday dates
How can it be that time of year, already?! Well, the end of the year will soon be upon us. We are looking forward to our annual break, after the rush!

Our deadline for last orders before Christmas will be 11pm Sunday 15th December. I know this seems frightfully early, but we will be closed over the festive period, so no deliveries on the week beginning 23rd December or week beginning 30th December.

First deliveries of the new year will be week beginning 6th January.

If you are a fortnightly customer getting an order this week, you will have a delivery on week beginning 16th December and then start again week beginning 13th January. Let us know if you want to change fortnight to start again on week beginning 6th January instead.

Gift vouchers
If you are looking for gift ideas we sell vouchers for our produce. As long as your friends or family live in our delivery area we can deliver to them on your behalf. Add a gift voucher to your own order and we will contact you to get all the details of where and when you would like the gift to go.