Everyone here is excited about the delicious discoveries ripening through the next week. They are turning ruby red on the trees. Here are some sun-bathing.
Flowers are blooming through out the crazy hot summer holiday. Some have died because of the warm weather but lots are still carrying on in the heat. They look absolutely gorgeous when the petals glow in the beaming hot sun shining through the poly tunnel plastic. Can you spot my flip flop?
A few weeks ago, we got 45 new chickens (29 white, 15 brown and 1 cockerel ) . We now have 77 chickens all together. They like to find shady spots under the droopy branches and they bathe in mud holes and rest. Can you spot the cockerel? Read on for a competition!
We cannot decide on a name for the cockerel. Mummy thinks it should be Aurelius. Miriam and Gwen think Tom and I just don't know! Please can you help us by commenting below with your suggestions. The person who gives us the name we choose will get a dozen free eggs! (You can pick these up at the Grow Comm market on a Saturday or come to our farm in North Essex - did you know you can camp here?). Please comment and share with your friends. Thank you for your help.
The Pippin Pod is ready for visitors! Nestled between trees in sight of the green house, orchards and chickens outdoor area, it is the perfect location for a peaceful farm getaway. Shower, toilet and washing and cooking facilities are provided and there are always fresh eggs in the morning to buy!
Peach and Pippin is very close to Dedham, Mistley, Manningtree, the River Stour Estuary and Harwich (with ferries to Felixstowe and Holland).
Please email us to enquire and book. Prices start at around £40 depending on date and group size.
We are delighted to be welcoming forager extraordinaire Matthew Rooney to the farm on Sunday 17th June for a foraging and wildlife walk. If you have ever wondered which weeds you can eat, feed to your chickens, use for tea, improve soil health... this is for you! Also expect some flower tasting and tree identification.
Time: 1.30pm (until about 2.45pm - it will overlap into our Open Farm afternoon)
Parking: yes although cycle or car share is even better!
Disabled access: yes - we have an accessible toilet. The orchards are also reasonably accessible but ask if you have mobility issues and we'll try and advise (and help if we can)
Cost: £7 per person
Booking: Please email firstname.lastname@example.org - space is limited so make sure you do this
Children: We think this would be appropriate for around 13 years and upwards.
Tell your friends: Yes please! There will be delicious cakes and ice cream for sale to finish off the day.
NB: Our Open Farm event is happening from 2-4pm. If you are lucky you can combine this with den building, coffee, cake and painting!
We are now holding our 'Open Farm Sunday' event on Sunday 17th May
Sunday 10th June - Open Farm Day
Cakes and coffees, farm tours, woodland walks and den building, egg collecting, tree climbing. 2-4pm
Sunday 22nd July - Teddy Bears Family Farm Picnic
Bring a picnic, teddy bear treasure hunt, produce and flower sale, coffee and cake. 12-3pm
Sunday 19th August - Orchard Fest
Sunday 23rd September - Apple Day
Sunday 21st October - Autumn Farm Trail
Details to be confirmed
We welcome private groups as well. For a lovely, low-key (and very low cost) taste of organic and permaculture farming, please get in touch with your requirements.. School visits, book groups, retreat days, volunteer days, watercolour challenge - we are open to suggestions!
Whilst we haven't really had many rainy days, we did the ultimate rainy day activity - we completed our jigsaw of our beautiful design work that our friend Vanessa Stone has created for us. Lots of people have asked about her when they pick up our fliers. Do have a look at her website here.
Finally, don't miss an opportunity to have your own fun on our farm next Wednesday. We have our first Open Farm Event - details here. Expect farm tours, trampolining, apple pressing, pop-up farm shop with ethical clothing on the side, the Colchester and Ipswich sling library in residence, and much more!
It was the first pressing of season. Discovery and Scrumptious doing their very delicious thing. We have invested in a hydraulic press which is incredibly efficient and a wonder of physics, if physics gets your wonderment going.....
We will be helping the RSBP run an apple day at Flatford Mill RSPB garden on Sunday 24th September. We will have this machine working hard for us all day. Save the date!
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We have so much news but such terrible internet (who'd like to guess the company? - apparently the next slot for an engineer is 4th September.....). Rebecca is currently writing this in a Costa in Colchester with very wet feet and 100 emails to answer.
So for now three things:
1. Please sign up for our mailing list as we will be sharing our lovely new logo with you with a free prize giveaway and everything. We promise it will be completely worth it.
2. If you are London way come and stop by the Growing Communities Organic Market in Stoke Newington on Saturday - we'll be there with plums galore, discovery apples, courgette relish (#spicy), greengage jam, gooseberry cake (thanks Marina for freezing some gooseberries for us) and much more besides.
3. Here's a film of how much fun we're having. It's a John Deere come true.
My name is Romily and I have taken over the farm diary. I am 9 years old, I have two little sisters and I like swimming and dancing. My favourite food is cheesecake, especially with berries.