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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...
May

May

This month has been a busy month for us as the kind spring weather meant silage making began and the beginning of building up our feed stores for our cattle for next winter. The balance of rain and shine has made for great grass growing weather and with last summer’s...
April

April

This month we kicked off the year’s event’s calendar with our Spring Farm Open day. Thank you to everyone who came to the farm to see a little bit of what we get up to behind the scenes. We hope you managed to catch a glance of our new Tamworth piglets and also the...
NATURE NOTES PART ONE

NATURE NOTES PART ONE

Welcome to Hartley Farm Nature Notes My aim is to give you an idea of some of the things you might see or find around the farm.  I hope you will find it interesting and informative, and hopefully feel inspired to go out and explore the farm and its surroundings. I...
All that glitters is not gold.

All that glitters is not gold.

If you love trying new food then you’d love my job. You do however, have to be prepared to take the rough with smooth! Of the large quantities of samples suppliers thrust our way most are delicious and certainly fill the mid-morning hunger gap in the office....
Easter Opening Times

Easter Opening Times

We’re open on Easter Sunday this year! Normal bank holiday hours on Sunday & Monday though so we can go home and eat lots of chocolate eggs! We hope you all can come and say hello for a cup of tea and a hot cross bun or something involving the delicious...