30th October Well, there are just a few quinces left on the trees – the high up ones we can’t reach, they really have been amazing this year and we have over 200kg of the little darlings sitting in the cold store awaiting their various fates. They will, for sure, end up as delicious fare […]
I regret not having planted out a small vineyard years ago – never had the time or money ….just the dream. The only bit of ground suitable though, with lots of sunshine hours, would have been a fair trek up the hill – which is a bit of a put-off. However, we did plant one […]
LIKE most of the other tree crops on the farm this year, our walnuts are in great abundance; however, we have a formidable foe ….that of the squirrels (grey, of course), who just love them and are busily decimating the crop. Trying to get the ripe nuts down from trees 30-40ft high is no easy […]
4th October 2013: The warm weather of the last few days has swelled and started to ripen the quince fruit – and some have started to drop off the trees – just as well as the weight of the crop is beginning to damage their overburdened branches. We will be using most of the crop […]
2013 has been a spectacular year for sunflowers. We planted 4 varieties – both tiny and giant varieties and from rather slow, weedy beginnings which didn’t show much promise – they really have done us proud. The smallest blooms are no more than an inch in diameter, the largest over a foot. The tallest is […]
Damsons ready to go. Picked the first 30lbs last night – off one branch on one small tree and took them down to Parry’s Greengrocers in Leominster this morning where you can buy them in town. BUT, if you want larger quantities for making jam / chutney / gin, then contact us!
Damsons Galore, September 2013 Unlike last year, we have an abundance of soft fruit – which inevitably all comes at once. We have about 30 mature trees at Coldwell Farm, mainly the wonderfully titled ‘Shropshire Prune’, which are presently all straining under the weight of their fruit. If you haven’t tried damson jam, damson gin […]
The quince trees are festooned with a bumper crop of fruit this year – possibly over 100kg per tree. It rained heavily over the weekend and softened the soil; one tree has leaned alarmingly and storms are due. So nothing for it but to prop up the branches to stop the trees collapsing. Already the […]
This is our first ever blog. Today our online shop goes live and we hope to inform and amuse visitors with events here on Coldwell Farm. Yesterday, we delivered 5 cases of prize-winning cider and perry to our good friends at the Rock of Gibraltar pub at Endslow, near Kiddlington. Oxfordshire.