February Newsletter

 

Update from the Farm
Wet Wet Wet – that is all I can say really! However topsy turvy this Winter has been Spring is now just around the corner, crops are growing and we will soon be welcoming the first lambs. We had a really interesting meeting with local bird expert Keith Metcalfe to discuss the effect the new conservation areas have had on the local bird population and the results are very pleasing. You may have noticed the large flocks of geese on the farm they are mostly Brent Geese but Keith has also spotted several other types amongst them. They are usually with us until the end of March and they can cause quite a bit of damage grazing but the crop will usually come back once they leave.
We had the ewes pregnancy scanned a couple of weeks ago and we have over 180 lambs on their way so plenty to keep us occupied! Bearing in mind our pregnant ewes and lambs – a polite reminder – Unfortunately dogs love to chase sheep and even the most well behaved seem to lose control when they see a field of sheep particularly for the first time. So the message is clear – please keep your dogs on a lead when near any livestock.
Update from the Larder
We have some more venison coming in as it was so popular last month. We source our venison from a local estate it is a natural wild meat low in fat and its certainly seeing somewhat of a revival in popularity recently with some great recipes being featured in many of the various food. We also have lamb, beef, pork and wild boar is back in stock. All our usual cheeses, pies and a new delivery of the popular Findlaters range of pates and dips will be in store.We are very pleased to announce that our latest Spring edition of Taste of the New Forest is now available. Download now for a preview. Our next 3 months opening dates can be found on the back page.

Producer of the Month – New Forest Chocolates
With Mothering Sunday (6th March) and Easter in mind we thought we would turn our attention to Chocolate! New Forest Chocolates are a small family business based in the New Forest National Park, designing and making all their chocolates, the artisan way, by hand. They produce a delicious range of chocolates created to be a feast for all the senses.
New Forest Chocolates are made with the finest quality ingredients that are sourced as locally as possible. 100% handmade in the New Forest, using local Hampshire ingredients when they can (although cacao beans only grow near the Equator!). Just fresh chocolate and fabulous flavour combinations. Lizzie also makes some quite incredible creations which are works of art and offers a bespoke service if you need something very special.
We are next open on:
Friday 26th February 9.30am – 5.00pm
&
Saturday 27th February 9.30am – 1pm
Hope to see you all at the weekend.Kind Regards

Lisa & The Team x

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