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Winners of the Taste of the West 2010 Gold award for Online retail outlets in Cornwall and the Taste of the West Silver award for Local Retail Outlet.

We are a 850 acre traditional mixed and non-intensive family run farm based in the heart of rural Cornwall and we produce, supply and deliver the finest quality meats and produce from our licensed premises. The beef and lamb born and raised on our farms is sold in the farm shop butchery.
Seasonal Selection from Lobbs Farm Shop ... August 2014

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Rump Steak beef - [227g/8oz approx] : Meat > Cornish Beef
St Endellion Brie : Cheese > Cornish Cheese
French Trim Best End of lamb : Meat > Cornish Lamb
Rump Steak beef - [350g/12oz approx] : Meat > Cornish Beef
Cornish Unsmoked Collar Joint : Meat > Cornish sausages & bacon
TRENANCE 6 luxury hand-made chocolates : Sweets & Snacks > Chocolate & fudge
Cornish Camembert : Cheese > Cornish Cheese
SHARPS Chalky's Bite 330ml : Jars & Bottles > Alcohol
HEALEYS Cornish Cyder Farm gift box : Jars & Bottles > Alcohol
TRACKLEMENTS onion marmalade 365g : Jars & Bottles > Chutneys, dressings & pickles
CHERRY TREE Spicy tomato & caramelised onions : Jars & Bottles > Chutneys, dressings & pickles
SMP Pickled onions 450g : Jars & Bottles > Chutneys, dressings & pickles
Lobbs home-reared beef selection box : Meat > Cornish Beef
Cornish Pickled eggs : Jars & Bottles > Chutneys, dressings & pickles
LOBBS Chicken, leek, spring onion & smoked bacon pies - twin pack : Lobbs homemade > Savoury pies
LOBBS Ham & egg pie - 10" round : Lobbs homemade > Savoury pies
Godminster organic cheddar 250g : Cheese > Cornish Cheese
Gift hamper 1 : Cornish Hampers > Gift Hampers
Lamb - BBQ minted lamb steaks : Meat > BBQ
Chicken - Lemon pepper coated chicken breast : Meat > BBQ
RODDAS clotted cream 227g/8oz : Deli > dairy
Spring on our farm
Spring 2014

I saw the first swallow in my farmyard on the 13th of April; always to me that is the sign that spring has arrived. My first job of each day is to walk out to see the cows that may be calving followed by the cows that are suckling their calves in our pastures. It is a lovely job to walk through the fields and see the hedgerow flowers, hear the birds singing and to see healthy animals living life the way it should be; naturally. Spring is such a lovely time of year with all the promise of the crops growing away quickly as the ground warms up. It is a joy to be a farmer on such days.

The cattle look so much better outside lying on the grass rather than in the sheds; they are certainly happier. I have turned out all of the cattle except 6 small stirks which are calves older than 6 months. These will go out when the nights are a bit warmer as these adolescent cattle could still get a chill from the cold night air.

“Lucky the bull” has been kept in for a bit longer than the cows and has been roaring his disapproval to me when I pass his pen. I have explained to him that he has to stay in for a couple of weeks more. This is because a cow is pregnant for 9 months and we do not want to have any cows calving until the end of January 2015. His big day will be April the 24th. He is named Lucky because I selected a calf which I wanted to keep for a bull using the animal’s genetic historic information and the individual appearance of a healthy well formed calf. I then looked at the calf’s ear tag number and realised it was number 0013 so it may be unlucky for some but not for this bull.

I have just met a new customer to the shop who was enquiring about our beef which gave me the opportunity to explain how our animals are cared for on our farms. Firstly we have our own beef cows that produce calves in the spring and these have the pleasure of suckling the calves during the summer on our permanent pastures and meadows. It is in these fields that you will also find many wild flowers which support a diversity of life including bumble bees, honey bees and butterflies. Not all beef is produced in this manner; much production now is becoming more intensive with animals treated more like factory farmed pigs and chickens.

There is often an outcry about how animals are kept and the degradation of the countryside by modern farming methods but this is happening because people are content to be part of the agribusiness system, or are unaware of where and how their food is produced. You, the customer, can have a direct influence on how we as farmers manage the countryside. My brothers Terry, Richard and myself, Ian Lobb, are trying to farm in an environmentally sustainable way that will allow a future generation of farmers to produce food in a similar way.

We also believe that care for our animals is vitally important and to us that is paramount as a healthy animal is one that is more likely to produce a profit for our business.

We have just this morning planted the first of this year's cabbage, cauliflower and broccoli plants. We cover these delicate seedlings with a mesh fleece which keeps pigeons and insects away from the young leaves. This also reduces the need for a pesticide spray to keep away insect pests which has to be good. We buy the young plants rather than seeds which allows the crop to grow away quicker, reducing the period when pest susceptibility is a high risk.

In the shop at the moment we have new Cornish potatoes, Cornish asparagus and have just received the first of the season's Cornish strawberries. The lamb that we are now selling in the butchery is new season lamb rather than the older hog lambs which can have a stronger taste. The new season lambs would have been born in November and suckled the ewes right through the winter.

In the farm shop we have a couple of new products from the new distillery at St Ervan. There is a Cornish dry gin tasting of delicious bright juniper with a hint of orange blossom infused with violets and made with Cornish spring water. There is also a Cornish Pastis which has a sweet yet dry herbal aniseed and light citrus flavour infused with wild gorse flowers and also made with Cornish spring water. Another new product is Qcumber, a refreshing blend of sparkling spring water and cucumber.

We also have the range of soft drinks from Cornish Orchards who are famous for their ciders. These are the orange and lemon sparkle which they describe as sunshine in a bottle and the cranberry and raspberry sparkle which is both fruity and refreshing. My favourite is the classic lemonade which is a blend of pressed lemon juice, apple juice and sparkling water; a summer drink to enjoy at any time of year. Cornish Orchards also has an extensive range of apple juices and ciders available which are well worth trying. All are made locally at Duloe near Liskeard and sold at Lobbs Farm Shop.

I enjoy eating too many sweet things which probably are not good for me, one of which is Cornish fudge. Lobbs stock a large choice of fudges with Roskillys supplying us with the rich clotted cream and the stem ginger flavours, very creamy and delicious. Buttermilk from Padstow send us their handmade fudge with the following flavours: chocolate, clotted cream, rum and raisin and even a coconut flavour. The Isles of Scilly Fudge Company supplies us with: chocolate orange, vanilla velvet, lemon meringue, peanut butter and Cornish sea salt, bakewell, maple and walnut.

These are all locally produced and make an ideal gift for a friend or a treat for yourself - a real taste of Cornwall.

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