I have finished on the farm this week for the Winter apart from the odd day here and there when needed to help out.

We have completed all the Winter drilling we wanted to get done which is some good news. This time last year we were still struggling to get our Winter drilling done as it was so wet. Fingers crossed for a better Autumn and Winter to get the crops off to a good start.

We have had also had some of our sugar beet lifted which has been transported to Whissington factory where it’ll go through the processes to be made into sugar. The rest of our beet will be lifted after Christmas.

All of our cattle have been bought into their Winter housing. They have bedding, silage and some food all grown from our own farm. They shall remain in the sheds until the weather picks up in around April where they shall go back out onto the grass. Having them in over Winter also allows the grass to rest so it is better quality for when they go back out.

So overall, the last few weeks have been busy on the farm and they shall remain fairly busy but with workshop and maintenance jobs. Now all the field work is done for now I am returning back to the shop.

My second day back and I was making pigs in blankets...it can only mean one thing! Christmas is on its way despite the lockdown so we still have to prepare!

Dont forget to get your orders in. We can’t wait to see you all to create a bit of “normal” festive spirit.

We would like to thank you all for your continued support and we understand it may not be the Christmas your hoping for but we are still here and have the order books open ready to meet your needs! Feel free to pop in or give us a call! You never know you might even get to speak to me now😃

I apologise for not writing for so long. The last few weeks have been busy and a blur.

We finished harvest on 12th September which was later for us compared to some years. We managed a safe and fairly break down free harvest which is always helpful at such a busy time. It’s a shame the positivity can’t be said about the yields and standards of the crops but at least we have something in the shed.

No sooner the fields have been cleared of the crops with the combine we have been cultivating and prepping them ready for next years crops. Therefore, this means the long days aren‘t quite over yet as sowing begins.

The dry spell in the weather allowed us to finish harvest and make a good start on cultivations. Depending on what crop is going to be sown next determines what cultivations are completed on each field.

The fields started to become worryingly dry during September. We like to cultivate and plant the fields with a bit of moisture already there in the soil so they have a good start in growth.

Therefore, the recent rain has really helped the conditions and allowed us to sow rye, oats, some barley and some wheat. Ideally we’d like the rain to stop now for us to get the rest of the fields sown as we need it to be a happy medium in moisture to do so.

My time on the farm will soon be coming to an end and I will be venturing back into the shop to prepare for Christmas. It’s going to be a tough one this year with having to do everything so differently but fingers crossed we can all work together and pull through.

We thank you all for your support and patience throughout the difficult times and hope we can meet your Christmas needs for another year!

Well...I will sound like a typical farmer in this post talking about the weather but I can‘t quite believe it. It feels like we had our Summer back in March/April and now we have Winter.

We have managed to get some more crops cut since I last posted at difficulty in between rainy days. The fields we have left standing are now starting to go flat from the force of the rain and because they are becoming heavier. This means they are going to be hard to harvest and we will lose some of the crop.

The land is becoming too wet to even do any cultivations. If the weather carries on this way it can put all the processes behind and crops won’t be sown on time for next year. This means a knock on affect will occur from now through to this time next year.

On a positive note, I’ve had more time to ride my horses and spend time with them. They may not be able to speak but they listen and their actions show more love than any words could. They definitely provide a break for me and make my time with them enjoyable.

Farming is a very isolated job with the long hours and many jobs completed on your own. Even all the challenges that have to be faced such as the weather. It’s the most dangerous industry in the UK and I also believe it’s one of the most dangerous in terms of mental health. So having something to ease your mind and for a break like I have my horses is a massive help.

Fingers crossed the weather picks up for a few more days so we can get harvest in the bag.

I hope your all staying safe and enjoying being able to be out again safely. Don’t forget the farm shop and cafe are open 7 days a week. Pay us a visit, we‘d love to see you.