Here you will find the latest news about our produce and day to day activities on our farm.
Manor Organic Farm Newsletter
Manor Farm News
Welcome to our latest newsletter.
The Granary tearoom is now open and we have had lots of positive feedback, so if you have not been up there do pay Sam a visit as she sometimes misses the shop company and atmosphere. We have made a few recent changes to the menu to include more choice and more speciality cakes and pastries. We are lucky to have James joining us next week, his previous role was as a chef at the Three Horseshoes in Breedon so we could all be in for a few memorable meals. He will be helping both Sam and Karl in the bakery. Give him a week or two to settle in and then there will be more pies and things back in the shop.
While on the subject of new recruits, Ashley joined us at the end of last month to assist Viv in the shop. He has settled in well and is in the process of streamlining some of what we do as well as getting to know customers in the shop. We are sure they will be great addition to the team and will soon be making there mark. Recruiting people is never easy but we think that both Ashley and James will fit in well and understand what we are trying to achieve.
We would like to thank you all for putting up with the odd shortage of product or staff during the last few weeks while we made sure we were doing the right thing.
The swallows have at last returned but in reduced numbers. Last year was a real challenge for them but they are enjoying the mud on the side of the pond in the paddock and the new muck heaps will provide a lot of insects for them. It never ceases to amaze me that they year on year find their way back to their nest sites. The one on the stairs near our kitchen door is about 6 stories high and they will soon struggle to get in the top of it.
At last the grass is growing, the downside is I have had to mow the lawn twice, all bar two cows are out enjoying the spring and all the ewes have now lambed. The exciting news on the farm front is we are now farming all of the Home Farm on the estate. It is an all grass farm so we will increase our stock numbers which will mean we become 100% self sufficient for beef and lamb in the shop.
There is much sorting out to do there and Marie (who some of you will have met either in the shop, tearoom or on the farm) and her partner Chris are going to move into the house and help look after it. It is in Nanpantan and I have arranged a farm walk there on the 25th at 2. It is a beautiful and quiet farm despite being only a stones throw from Loughborough. The walk involves some fairly steep slopes but the views are fantastic as are the bluebells. Meet at Home Farm Woodhouse Lane Loughborough LE11 3YG at 2 on the 25th.
Other events coming up are
18th May at 11. Small scale poultry keeping . Come and spend a few hours finding out about the ins and outs of keeping poultry on a small scale. Why not have lunch in the tearoom afterwards?
25th May at 11 Join Karl for a couple of hours exploring pizza making. Booking is essential and places are limited. There is a small charge of £8 and you will go home with some pizzas and the knowledge and confidence to have ago at home.
Also on the 25th at 2 is the farm walk at Home Farm , Woodhouse Lane Nanpantan LE11 3YG as mentioned above. There will be basic refreshments afterwards.
9th June from 11 until 4. Open Farm Sunday. We have a number of demonstrations and activities plaaned for the day, including sheep shearing, spinning, vintage tractors, horse and carriage rides butchery and bakery demonstrations. ( have a go at sausage making and bread kneading). The goats and the donkey will be on hand and the tearoom and shop will be open along with a courtyard BBQ. I am told the weather will be sunny!
We hope you like the new look website which is designed to be easier to use and for us to update so we are aiming for frequent updates including the newsletter. Do please send us any feedback, the easiest way would be through the contact page - Graeme.
Leonardo da Vinci
I roamed the countryside searching for answers to things I did not understand.