November 2015 - Newsletter


Fri 23rd    SHOP: 08.30am-5.30pm   CAFE:  08.30-4.30pm 
Sat 24th   SHOP: 08.00 - 1pm  CAFE:  08.30-11.40am
Sun 25th & Mon 26th CLOSED 
Tues 27th - Sat 31st SHOP: 10am-4pm CAFE:  10am-3.30pm
Sun 1st Jan CLOSED 
Mon 2nd Jan SHOP:10am-4pm  CAFE:  10am-3.30pm

Please note
The evening delivery round will not operate throughout the school holiday and will resume mid January.

In the pipeline: Dates to be confirmed
February - Valentine's Day - Food on Film
March - Celebration of seasonal food with a modern twist

Although its well into November our boys and girls have only just gone into our spacious, airy barns and they'll stay there until the grass has recovered and is more nourishing.

This morning our wonderful vet arrived armed with a briefcase full of pregnancy testing kits to check out the girls to see if the boys have been performing! Mooving on! Oh, BTW our wonderful sow has just produced seven adorable piglets - you must come and see them!

For many, Christmas is about celebrating, giving and receiving gifts, and preparing nourishing special festive meals. With this in mind, we have painstakingly sourced high quality, local produce that has been fairly traded, displays true provenance and comes with full traceability.

Our turkeys for example, have been reared by local dry-plucking specialists, Woolley Park Poultry, who breed traditional free range birds, corn-fed chicken, duck and guinea fowl. Only the best will do! To ease the stress of Christmas, we have, once again, prepared a small range of ready-to-go Hampers and meat boxes which may be ordered online, from our catalogue or call into the shop. In addition, we have an eclectic range of special, but affordable gifts that are not normally found on the High Street - we hope you'll like them!

Join us between 12 noon - 3pm, Sunday 11th December for a wonderful Christmas celebration. Mince pies and mulled cider will be the order of the day. There will also be a range of crafts, food and drink stalls to get you into the Christmas spirit.

At 2pm, local vicar, Daile Wilshere will be on cue to kick off our traditional candlelit carol service, and a small brass band will be there to keep us in tune! As in previous years, Chuffy the train will be revving up his engine for rides around the village. Free to all and everyone's welcome.

Join us Wednesday 14th December for a fabulous Christmas wreath making workshop led by local florist Sarah Wilson of Compton Garden Flowers. The workshop will start at 10am with a welcoming cup of speciality coffee, tea or hot chocolate and a delicious mince pie.

After a brief introduction, Sarah will show you how to create a beautiful Christmas wreath, decorated to your personal style and taste. Sarah will also be sharing some 'tricks of the trade' to ensure your wreath will stay fresh and look stunning throughout the festive season. A light lunch will be served after the workshop. Price £39.50 to include refreshments on arrival, light lunch, fresh foliage, festive decorations, all equipment and tuition. Pre-booking and pre-payment is necessary. To reserve a place please call us on 01225 873707 or email


Fill your gills with fresh fish this Christmas! Steve Harvey, will be here on Wednesday 14th December between 11am - 3pm with his beautifully stocked fresh fish stall. The fish is so fresh its almost wriggling! Whale you can't get batter than that!

We're thrilled to say that Simon Maughan of Frenchay Christmas Farm.will once again be supplying us with a range of large, small, potted or cut, needle-fast Christmas trees.

All being well they will be here at the end of November, along with a wonderful display of wreaths and decorations, We also have a large range of logs, kindling and Bracketts (as seen on Countryfile 30th Oct) to keep the home fires burning this Christmas.

Food is a huge part of making the festive season special. Here's six helpful tips to help keep you safe and well.

  • Cold temperatures slow the growth of food poisoning bugs. All chilled goods must be stored in a fridge at temperatures < 5 degrees, no potting sheds, garages or window sills!
  • When shopping for perishable goods, take a cool bag to ensure your products remain chilled. Harmful germs multiply rapidly in temperatures between 8 and 63 degrees C.
  • Move the beers, wines, mixers and soft drinks to the garage or shed and leave the fridge for food.
  • Prevent cross-contamination by storing raw food well away from cooked and ready-to-eat food. Cover and store them on the bottom shelf of the fridge.
  • Wash everything that has been in contact with raw food, but do not wash the bird!, (hands, utensils, work surfaces etc) with hot soapy water to prevent germs spreading.

*Be mindful of ‘use by’ dates. This is the date after which the food should not be consumed. The taste, texture and quality can be negatively affected, potentially making the food unsafe to eat.

Six reasons why eating turkey is good for you:

  • Rich source of protein, which is needed to build and maintain muscle and bone growth.
  • Low in (unhealthy) saturated fat, less than 1% in a breast
  • High in good cholesterol (HDL).
  • Good source of B vitamins - essential to release energy from food.
  • Low in calories - approx 150 calories /100g cooked turkey breast.
  • Tasty meat that contains essential nutrients.

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