Going stag!

Going stag!

It's stag beetle season on the farm.  These mighty little critters are fascinating and many hours can easily be spent watching and shepherding them to safety.  The pic below is of a female stag beetle who came out for a wander last night.  Keep your eyes peeled! If you want to spot some stag beetles, I recommend heading to Wiston Church just before dusk.  You stand a good chance of seeing them on the footpath - tread carefully! 

Pips Away for Essex Apples!

Really excited to have added 10 new varieties to our orchard this year. Especially this super-local Grey Pippin Apple which originates from just up the river at Bures and has been planted next to our Polstead Cherries.

Also the fabulous Popes Scarlet Costard, Codlins, Lemon Pippin and I have achieved my dream of owning a Pitmaston Pine-Apple ( - the real pineapples arrive soon too).  We’ve worked really hard this winter to increase the resilience of our planting and create even more edible spaces on the farm. These new orchard trees will provide shade for our animals, fantastic blossom and lovely fruit for us and the Farm Shop.