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We have been beavering away, one way and another, since the close of the PYO season on September 8th.

Carolyn had a minor trip into hospital and so had a few weeks of being off games (very handy!), while Andrew and Derek cracked on with farm planting and clearing, hedgecutting and so on.

The band of boys who did the pruning of raspberries and other outside work during the PYO season had got everything so well up together that by the time we closed there was very little left to finish off.

Our wonderful helpers in the shop did sterling work too through the summer and Sarah and Rachel helped me with the first of the Christmas deliveries immediately afterwards, which was wonderful. They also managed to get me organised in the store with everything in its place so that I could see what else was needed for Christmas.

Sam has now set off for her year in New Zealand, as part of her degree in Environmental Studies, and Sarah and Rachel have begun their final years of university. With luck Sam will be back next summer, but I suspect the other two will be snapped up into the world of 'proper' work swiftly and so won't be back to work with us, sadly. Dolly is busy with things floristry and, of course, her family but will hopefully join us occasionally again.

As to my faithful friends who have stepped in to the breach over the last two summers as I disappeared to be with our daughter who has needed surgery we can only express our undying thanks!

Of the boys, Sam has started his Matster's and Josh his first year at university and Ted, while back at university, is off with family to visit Sam in New Zealand over Christmas.Michael is in his final year of university but will be in the Christmas Barn at some point, we hope.

All the signs from the summer were cleaned and re-oiled and put away in ONE place. A first for us! Equally, all the Christmas signs were similarly organised, which is making the current prepping for next week's opening so much easier. Its a joy to walk up to a bank of shelving units and being able to actually see everything without moving boxes piled up on each other.

We have also planted the main bed of new strawbnerries and have another smaller area of our later variety to plant in the Spring. We have some autumn type raspberries to plant - somehow in between the Christmas Barn work and we are going to grow new raspberries in pots that should satisfy the late summer section better for us, and particularly you. It always good to have a new project, and this one is no different. Much learning to be done!

However, the weather has been generally so mild that the raspberry spawn has continued to grow, which now needs to be removed again, and so has the grass, which we have kept cutting to reduce disease threat. On top of that the raspberry stems are still too soft to be tied up and so that is a job waiting, possibly until the New Year.

Thus, we are preparing to open the Christmas Barn on the 25th and as I type Andrew and Derek are beavering away out there getting organised for the arrival of trees and enlarging the car park area. We unwrapped many of the baubles yesterday and the beautiful Danish ones are due in at the beginning of the week.

We go up to New Covent Garden Flower Market for wreaths etc the day before we open, and so there will  be a flurry of activity decorating some ready for the following morning. Dave Gorton of GB Foliage, speacialises in supplying goods that are of British origin as far as possible, which is a premise dear to our hearts here.

And so, in conclusion, if you visit us in the next month we will hopefully be able to wish you a Merry Christmas and Happy New Year in person, but if not we wish you the same and hope that we see you next summer.

With Best wishes,
Andrew, Carolyn and all who help us

 

CHARITIES

We rotate the charities who benefit from a share of our summer sin bins each year and these charities are:

THE MATTHEW ELVIDGE TRUST:

www.thematthewelvidgetrust.com

NAOMI HOUSE & JACK'S PLACE:

www.naomihouse.org.uk and  www.naomihouse.org.uk/pages/jacksplace

ST MICHAELS HOSPICE:

www.stmichaelshospice.org.uk

ODIHAM COTTAGE HOSPITAL:

odihamcottagehospital.org.uk 

OTHER ORGANISATIONS:

JELLA'S ARTISAN GELATO & SORBET:

Jella is going to use our fruit for her ice-cream and sorbets and can be contacted on 07805 432176 or via www.jellas.co.uk or e mail This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. Jella's is a small business based at Four Marks and will be selling locally and we will also sell the ice-cream from our booth in 500ml pots to take home

 

DIPLEY MILL:  

Located close to West Green Fruits the gardens are opened a few days each year to the public, and are truly beautiful and unique and more than worth the visit. The garden is advertised as part of the National Gardens Scheme (NGS). Turn left on to the road as you leave us and follow the lane for approximately 1 mile, towards Mattingley. Dipley Mill is on the right hand side, with well signed parking when open and you can have a delicious tea during your visit. For further details do visit www.ngs.org.uk 

 

HOOK HOUSE HOTEL:

A warm welcome awaits you at this family run small hotel. 
They cater for private parties and functions too.
www.hookhousehotel.com or call 01256 760232

Visits

We enjoy visits from a variety of groups, of all age groups, each year during the fruit season or at other times.

We can cater for activity visits for organisations such as nursery schools and beavers, brownies etc as well as informative visits for clubs and organisations wishing to learn a little about what we do, both with the Pick Your Own and also the farm in general.

Please contact me either by email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or phone: 01252 845772 to discuss what you need.

We do not generally make a charge but any fruit picked will be charged for.
Additionally, depending upon the nature of your visit we will ask for a donation for our chosen charities for the year.

 

Sponsorship and Donations

Every year we are asked to donate fruit or sponsor different events.

We are delighted to be able to support local organisations and charities but we have to limit the level of annual donations we are able to make, and as a general rule we do not promote other businesses.

Please feel free to contact us regarding sponsorship and donations but with the understanding that we may not be able to help you at that particular time.

One form of 'sponsorship' that we are very keen to encourage is that asked for by our younger customers who make jams etc to sell to raise funds for their schools and charities, and even one year youngsters taking part in a schools' cookery competition.

 

LINKS

The people and organisations we 'LINK' with are local and personally known to us.
Unfortunately we are unable to list any corporate organisation. We hope you understand.

2017 CHRISTMAS SEASON

from SATURDAY NOVEMBER 25th
Daily 9.00am to 4.30pm

Please check our opening hours / facebook / 01252 845772 for latest information

We stock Nordmann Fir Trees ('non drop') when we open and traditional Norway Spruce (arriving for first weekend of December).
we have wreaths decorated and undecorated and a whole host of other lovelies.

Do please check this site, our landline message service (01252 845772) or follow us on Facebook for the latest availability information and we are look forward to seeing you.

Our Summer Sin Bin collections for 2017 totalled £650.00 for Naomi House Chilrden's Hospice with Jack's Place and The Matthew Elvidge Trust. 
THANKYOU SO much.

Pick-Your-Own information: 2017 season is now finished. We re-open early June for PYO. Please check for actual dates etc

For picking your own we do supply baskets but ask that you avoid wasting them and just take what you need for the quantity you wish to pick,
We cannot re-use dirty baskets that are discarded.

Also, while it may seem obvious, 'Pick Your Own' means 'Pick and Pay' and so everything that you pick must be paid for before it is eaten.

Additionally, whilst it is stated elsewhere on our website we are not able to let you bring your dogs on site other than in a vehicle.
Our only exception is for assistance dogs such as a guide dog or hearing dog.
This is an insurance requirement.
We are dog lovers ourselves and have 5, but they are not walked in the the fruit fields all summer, even outside of working hours.

Orders:

We have ready picked produce available at our shop but if you need something specifically we are very happy to take orders. If you want a larger quantity pre-ordering will avoid disappointment.

Other Summer Produce:

We sell Jella's Artisan Gelato & Sorbets and a wonderful selection of Jams and Chutneys, local Honey and Free Range Eggs.
New for 2017 is our very own jam.
We are having it made locally using all our own fruit (other than for marmalades and the like!) and we will be selling chutneys made locally, some of which include beers from our local brewery - Andwell's.

Christmas Barn:

We open again for our 2017 CHRISTMAS BARN on November 25th until December 22nd (while stocks last), and we hope you will visit us then too.
Please visit our Christmas page for information - we open on November 25th 2016 @ 9.00am

 

Current PYO Seasonal Availability: DO CALL 07954 730143 for upto date info before travelling

  • RHUBARB -
  • STRAWBERRIES -  
  • GOOSEBERRIES -
  • RASPBERRIES -
  • TAYBERRIES, TUMMELBERRIES, BOYSENBERRIES & LOGANBERRIES -
  • BLACK CURRANTS -
  • REDCURRANTS -
  • BLUEBERRIES -
  • BLACKBERRIES -
  • CHERRIES -
  • NEW POTATOES -
  • SUMMER VEGETABLES -
  • ASPARAGUS -
  • RUNNER BEANS -
  • HOMEMADE JAM -
  • LOCAL FREE RANGE EGGS -
  • LOCAL HONEY -
  • HOMEMADE ICE-CREAM -

 We now 'charge' 5p/bag to charity for each carrier bag you use and donate it to our charities

Opening Hours

CHRISTMAS BARN 2017:

Our Christmas Barn opens November 25th 2017
DAILY 9.00am to 4.30pm.

A mobile is available during WORKING HOURS only - 
07954 730143.

2017 - FRUIT SEASON

Our season has now ended.
We re-open early June 2018
Please check for actual dtails

Please call 01252 845772 for information from May 1st

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