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The Perks of a Local Christmas

The Perks of a Local Christmas

As a farmer and a food lover, I’m a firm believer that when it comes to meat, in particular, eat local where you can, but always eat British. We are a nation built on the solid and rich heritage of great British food and farming. There is very little reason to...
Christmas Orders Now Open!

Christmas Orders Now Open!

‘Tis the Season Christmas will be a little different this year but rest assured our intentions remain the same, to bring people together over the best local and seasonal food. We are so proud and grateful to work with so many wonderful local farmers and food...
October

October

The Barn is now open! The Barn is now home for our farm kitchen. If we’ve learned one thing this year it is to stay nimble and not plan too far ahead! However, we knew that returning to the previous cafe space wasn’t an option as it just isn’t suitable to keep...
Harissa Roast Tomato and Chick Pea Soup with Crispy Kale

Harissa Roast Tomato and Chick Pea Soup with Crispy Kale

A perfect recipe to bridge the gap between autumn and winter. As tomatoes come to the end of the season you’re always left with a few knobbly, gnarly ones, not pretty enough for a salad, but with all the flavour needed for this robust, warming dish. The harissa...
September

September

With beautiful misty mornings and woodsmoke hanging in the evening air, we’ve well and truly landed in autumn. Despite a mini-heatwave for a couple of weeks in this month, the nights are certainly getting chilly and winter preparations have begun. Considering what we...
Wild Blackberry Gin & Tonic

Wild Blackberry Gin & Tonic

As we move into harvest season, the biggest excitement on country walks is monitoring the progress of the hedgerows as the red dots mature into plump and juicy blackberries. This is the one time of the year where the overstock of Tupperware of all shapes and sizes...
August

August

August has brought with it searing, stifling heat to top off what has been an excellent summer, and we certainly needed it. Not just to put a spring in our step with all the doom and gloom of the world but we’ve had some much-needed rain dotted throughout which has...
Tomato & Peach Panzanella

Tomato & Peach Panzanella

This salad has been going down a storm in our pop-up coffee cabin this summer. It’s a classic salad, born within Italian households of old as a way to use up stale bread. It’s best when tomatoes are in season as they really are the stars of the show....
Chorizo, Omelette & Tomato Bread Brunch

Chorizo, Omelette & Tomato Bread Brunch

This delicious recipe is inspired by a classic Spanish brunch. Serves 1 A slice of sourdough bread A couple of ripe Isle of White tomatoes (delicious at this time of year) Sliced cooking chorizo 1 egg A few basil leaves a drizzle of rapeseed oil (for a British touch,...
May

May

If you’ve been up to the farm shop over the last few weeks, you’ll see the calves at Hartley Farm have been the main focus of attention for us on the farm. Our calving season has now finished on the farm and the next big job is silage making. We’ve had near-perfect...
The New Normal

The New Normal

We’re almost at the stage where we’ve begun to find some rhythm and dare I say it, routine in our day’s work. Which in recent times, means it is time for another government announcement to shake it all up again. It’s hard work planning a business at the moment. On the...
Cobb Salad

Cobb Salad

This is a bit of an American classic and we thought it would be a great dish to kick off the spring with, all the health benefits of fresh salads and vegetables with a comfortingly rich homemade dressing with blue cheese for when the sun is looking a bit shy in the...
March

March

March comes in like a lion and out like a lamb as they say. I can’t help thinking about this as I write this month’s blog just off the back of two bracing storms in Ciara and Dennis. The latter part of the old saying sheds a little hope at least after an extremely...
Cock-a-Leekie Pie

Cock-a-Leekie Pie

This recipe is a bit of a play on the traditional Scottish Cock-a-leekie soup. Leeks are right in season in February and this recipe matches them beautifully with the smoked bacon and prunes. If you had some leftover roast chicken from the weekend’s roast then...
Roast Squash, Lentil & Blue Cheese Salad

Roast Squash, Lentil & Blue Cheese Salad

As the snowdrops start to appear the early signs of spring are here. It’s best not to put all your eggs in one basket though and start dreaming of warmer weather yet, for February usually has a sting! This recipe is a perfect compromise for the time of year, a...
Delicious Homemade Chutneys for Boxing Day

Delicious Homemade Chutneys for Boxing Day

Christmas Day is all about gifts, spending time with your loved ones, and great food. And, quite often, so is Boxing Day! While we don’t often eat quite as much, everyone’s still picking, and that’s when snacks, leftovers and condiments come into their own. A jar or...
October

October

Well, here we are heading towards the end of another year already. This is certainly the business end of the year for us in the farm shop and all of the efforts in planning and preparation over the last few months culminate in a mad rush towards another Christmas at...
September

September

September at Hartley Farm Darkness has started to set in earlier in the evenings but the trade-off has been some picture-perfect autumn scenes at the beginning and end of the day. The sloes and damsons are steeping in the gin and the smell of woodsmoke fills the damp...
August

August

Last month we bought a new (old) member of the family back to the farm in the shape of our 1953 Fordson Major Tractor. As a special feature, I thought I’d ask my father Richard to write this month’s blog and share his memories of the great machine when he was growing...
July

July

July has certainly had more of a Summer’s feel to it compared to a very wet June. With the kids breaking up later in the month all hands have been on deck to bring a new feel to our outdoor areas to make use of the sunshine and the long lazy (for kids that is) days....
June

June

I always challenge myself not to start our monthly blog with any reference to the weather, but alas once again I will fail. My interest in what the weather is doing and how the grass is growing has been developing at an unhealthy rate over the last few years and those...