March 2015 NEWSLETTER
Just look at the Spring sun on her face! She's not the only one who's enjoying the brighter, longer, warmer days. The ground has dried out and warmed up beautifully over the last few days which heralds the arrival of the seed drill. Our team has been flat out ploughing, cultivating, harrowing and rolling in readiness for this years crops of spring barley, linseed and quinoa. Quinoa is something new in Britain and we are very excited to be the first UK farmers to be growing it organically. With increasing numbers of people opting for gluten free diets this is one of the grains which fills the gap.
Our cows are looking good too having wintered well on good silage and hay and with lovely thick beds of straw. They'll look even better once there is grass under their feet and they've got their Spring bloom. Rather appropriately our first 2015 calf was born on Mother's day and now the maternity field is beginning to fill up quickly.
Easter is fast approaching and although we're not offering any traditional organic lamb this year we do have some fabulous beef available. Please let us know if you'd like some.
With very best wishes for Easter and the year ahead.
Sam and Claire
Spring is in the air
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On the move
It's always fun and a little bit nerve racking when we move some of the herd down the main Shrewsbury to Baschurch road, especially when we have one or two youngsters in the group. Making sure we have some of the older, wiser matriarchs who the routine helps to ease the journey.
Meanwhile the motorists, who's day was slowed up a bit whilst they waited for the procession to pass by, seemed to enjoy the spectacle!
Our recipe book shelf
Spot the theme? Whilst there is nothing better than a pure steak or classic roast beef, we're always looking for new and inspirational beef recipes. Our new website (yes, watch this space for further news on this) will feature some of our tried and tested favourites for you to try. If you have any recipes you'd like to share with us do please drop us a line.
Houghton Hall Joseph
We were pleased to have had our Vet's confirmation that this young man, who joined us from Houghton Hall, Norfolk in the autumn, and our other two bulls have been performing well over the last few months. For ease of management the herd is now split into two with one group calving in the Autumn and the other in the Spring.
Dates for your 2015 Diaries
27 & 28 June: Shrewsbury Food Festival
11, 12 & 13 September: Ludlow Food Festival
12 & 13 December: Shrewsbury Christmas Fair
First Friday of the month: Shrewsbury Farmers Market