The March madness has begun and it`s a crazy time for us here on the farm as we begin to recover from the winter and it`s storms, but also it’s a great time of year to start getting on with the much awaited ‘to do list’! Our Ewes have finally started to lamb and they’re very cute and cuddly but they are still in need of extra care and attention at this time of year. Some are already running about in the fields embracing the early spring weather. Making our cows comfortable play a key part in the process of birth this year with many new born healthy calves, it`s certainly a great start to the season.
Our farm park opens its gates to visitors from 1st April and will be open from 11am to 3pm on weekends and during the school holidays. Meet the small animals in the animal barn or explore the farm with views overlooking the lakes, paddocks, orchard and kitchen garden. Or why not book one of our lamb feeding sessions everyday throughout the Easter school holidays (see our website for event times).
Our Farm shop is fully stocked ready for Mother`s day with artisan champagnes and chocolates, or if your cooking mum a feast we certainly recommend our new season spring lamb or our own home reared Aberdeen Angus grass fed beef. Our butchers will be happy to cut your meat to your requirements. Granny Smith’s will be serving Prosecco and afternoon tea, although nearly fully booked we do have a lovely outside seating area.
Make the most of cauliflowers, sprouting broccoli and leeks whilst they are in season to make fabulous side dishes or simply great on their own. We have some great British cheeses available from the deli counter. This month’s favourites are Shropshire Blue, a soft cheese with a strong sharp flavour and Cornish Brie, a smooth textured cheese with a mild flavour, great for grilling.
And finally, big smiles on the farm as we were voted (from 7500 entries) regional ‘Winners’ and overall Runner up (second place) and ‘Highly Commended’ for best ‘Local Food’ by the Countryside Alliance Awards. Winning one of the most prestigious awards a “Rural Oscar” has been a great achievement for us and our farming heritage. The ceremony took place at the House of Lords on the 22nd March, placing our family run Hertfordshire farm firmly on the map.