|Autumn sunshine in Kestle
I am writing this on a very damp dismal autumn day.
Fortunately it has not been cold as well which has to be
good for our new born lambs. We have been busy with the sheep this past week; as each ewe gives birth we need to pen the ewe and lambs into an individual pen to allow the natural bonding to develop. The ewes are extremely sensitive and recognise their own lamb as much by smell as their bleat.
The following day the ewe and lambs are moved to a larger pen where there may be 4 to 6 ewes with their lambs. Eventually after a few days, and if the weather allows, these are then turned out to grass where we have groups of 15 to 20 ewes in each field. We keep a close eye on these vulnerable lambs and we feed the ewes a mix of rolled barley and molasses to keep their energy levels up and to encourage the ewes' milk production which is so essential for the young lambs.
We have managed to drill most of our crops of barley and wheat which has been difficult as October has been a wet month. These crops are now emerging from the soil and will require a spray to control aphids which carry a disease called barley yellow dwarf virus. When the aphid settles on a seedling plant it will attach itself to the leaf and suck nutrients from the plant. In the process the disease is transferred to the plant from the aphid; the effect on the crop can be devastating, potentially reducing the yield by well over 50%.
Vouchers We are really pleased that many of you are
bringing back your calendar vouchers to claim the 10%
discount in November. If you have not got a voucher then please do make a Christmas order from the butchery or delicatessen which will then entitle you to a fabulous Lobbs 2015 calendar which includes discount vouchers for next February and November. The calendar has local scenes taken by local photographers and it is a good way of raising money for local charities as we give £50 for every photograph that we use. This also means that we have a calendar that celebrates the beauty of our local area which we all are so lucky to enjoy.
Lobbs' delicatessen is now stocking up for Christmas; one new arrival is the Bowland cheese - perfect for the
Christmas cheese board as it is a traditional Lancashire
cheese with raisins, apple and cinnamon. Look out for
exciting new cheeses and produce that will arrive as the
merry season draws closer.
Remember you can place your Christmas order at the deli from now on. Choose from cooked meats, pies, pates, salads, cheeses and olives; all prepared, weighed or cut to your requirements. Cheese hampers can also be ordered and they are a lovely gift for Christmas. We have set hampers to choose from which can be seen on our own website or you can make your own hamper to add a more personal touch. Don’t forget to get your favourite crackers and chutneys to accompany your cheese selection. Please speak to a member of staff on the deli for more information.
New to the deli this month is the Trewithen Dairy spreadable butter which has just won the best new product award by the grocer magazine. This is a blend of Cornish butter and sunflower oil; why not give this a try if you like to buy the Trewithen block butters. Check out our new roulades for cheese, priced at £2.45 each: fig & walnut or apricot & almond. Both are a delicious combination of dried fruit and nuts and are perfect with soft or hard cheeses or enjoyed as a tasty snack. We have ‘fruit for cheese’ purees in English and new exotic flavours: papaya, guava and lime & chilli. Serve these
flavours with different types of cheese available in the counter.
The shop is slowly becoming more festive in the run up to Christmas, introducing some great new products; there is a large selection of gift ideas, tins of biscuits in all shapes and sizes, cakes, chutneys, jams and pickles to name a few. Try our own homemade Lobbs' Christmas puddings or from other Cornish companies. We stock gluten free Christmas puddings too. Jars of fruit in alcohol would be a jolly addition to a Christmas meal; these include peaches in brandy, cherries in kirsch and apricots in Amaretto. Christmas would not be complete without a tipple for this party season; check out our Christmas ales available in 500ml bottles or a whopping 3 litre bottle!
We have prepared a selection of readymade hampers to buy and take away. If you wish to make your own then staff will happily assist and make one to your desires; you pick and we wrap! Hampers are available in small, medium or large baskets, either cardboard or wicker. Christmas napkins can be purchased in a variety of designs to add the finishing touch to the table.
Lobbs Farm Shop is now stocking ‘The Cornish Ketchup Company’ range of sauces produced very locally to us at Portholland. These bottles are priced at £4.35 and are available in four flavours: chilli, smokey, original and red pepper.
The butchery team are taking orders for Christmas with the full range of poultry and meat available to order. Once ordered your meat will be prepared and kept ready for you to collect on your selected day. This is an extremely busy time for the butchers and we would like to keep all of our customers happy with their Christmas requirements so please do make the order to avoid disappointment.
When you collect your Christmas orders we will also include next year's calendar with its discount vouchers for next February and November 2015.
Christmas late night shopping nights at The Lost Gardens of Heligan are the 1st, the 8th and the 15th of December. But please remember Lobbs Farm Shop will only be open on the one evening which is the 8th of December.
All of our team work very hard in the last few weeks before Christmas and we felt the extra evenings were taking away from their quality time with their own families. So we are only open for the evening of the eighth of December. Of course we will be delighted to see our customers during our normal hours right up to Christmas Eve 2pm.