Tuesday, 26 July 2016

Crop Availability Summer 2016

The weather plays funny tricks this year!

Every year is different and this year has been more difficult than most. After a very mild winter the spring was very cold and wet which caused damage to some crops and delayed planting of others. Then suddenly we had a few hot days and ripening accelerated causing some crops to come to a premature end.

Here is a summary of where we are with some of our main crops.


The outdoor crops has finished. We will have a late crop in the poly tunnels in mid/late August.


They have been very hard picked recently but we still have a few.


Very plentiful!


Still plenty


 A few just turning blue - should be plenty soon.


The April frost took a lot of the blossom so it will be a light crop this year. The first ones are turning colour now.

Saturday, 23 July 2016

strawberry update

Few Strawberries this week!

The recent hot weather has hastened the end of the outdoor crop and we have only a few left now but don't despair, we have our new polytunnel crop just flowering which will be ready to pick by about mid August.

Meanwhile we still have lots of raspberries, black currants, gooseberries and rhubarb.  The blueberries will be starting soon.

Saturday, 9 April 2016

Pork Quiz: The Answers!

We had a full house for our festival of pork evening.  We are not sure when our next event will be as it depends on progress with the building works.  Look out for news next month!

Meanwhile the answers to the quiz are as follows:

1   Suffolk is a breed of sheep.  The others are all pigs.

2  This little piggie went to market.

3  A pig's gestation period.

4  Captain Pugwash had a ship called The Black Pig.

Lots of you got 3 out of 4 but only one table got them all right, the Chatham/Brookes party who win a meal for two at the next event!

Tuesday, 23 February 2016

Extension update and forthcoming events

Work on our exciting, new project is now well underway and foundations and earthmoving are proceeding.  It will soon begin to look more like a construction as above-ground work commences.  Meanwhile we are begining our recruitment for staff at all levels in all departments.  If you would like to join our team in the butchery, deli, catering or shop departments please send your cv to recruitment@essingtonfarm.co.uk

Forthcoming events
We are holding our ever-popular pie night on Thursday 3rd of March from 6.30.  Come and sample our range of homemade pies and a selection of homemade puddings:  Great value at £12.95 for 2 courses.

Don't  get caught out my Mothers' Day this year as it is very early on the 6th of March.  Book your Sunday lunch now as we are always full by the day itself.  Alternatively, why not treat Mum to a special breakfast on Saturday 5th March from 9-11am. Enjoy a full Essington or smoked salmon and scrambled egg with tea, coffee, croissant, toast and buck's fizz for only £12.50!

Pudding Night: The answers!

Well done all of you! We had a lot of all-correct quizes for our pudding night.  The answers were as follows:

1  Yorkshire Pudding

2  Eve's Pudding

3  Queen's Pudding

4  Manchester Tart

The winner is Sue Gobsill who wins a meal for two at the Pie |Night on the 3rd of March.  Well done Sue!

Friday, 22 January 2016

Burns Quiz: The answers!

Another great evening for our Black Country Burns last night!

The answers to the quiz are as follows:

1  Tam O' Shanter

2   My Love is like a Red, Red Rose

3   Wee sleekit, cow'rin, tim'rous  beastie

4   Should auld acquaintance be forgot and never brought to mind

Two tables tied for first place so a draw took place and the winner was Dorothy Alsopp who wins a meal for two.

Now for an update on the extension and refurbishment.

You will have noticed that work has already started on this exciting project.  There will be a short, temporary closure of the tearoom while we do the internal work but we are not sure yet when this will be.  As soon as we have firm dates we will let everyone know.  Meanwhile we will continue as normal.  Look out for information on the blog, facebook, twitter and our enewsletters.

Thursday, 7 January 2016

New Year News!

Happy 2016 to everybody!

We are starting the year with the commencement of our long-awaited extension and refurbishment.
Builders are getting prepared for this exciting project which is scheduled to take about 6-7 months to complete.

 We will remain open for trade as much as possible and will do our best to minimize disruption.

So, yes, we will be able to offer our traditional, unique...

Black Country Burns Night

on Thursday 21 January.

Enjoy a fabulous meal and the Address to the Haggis in Black Country dialect: an experience not to be missed! 
This is one of our most popular events so book now!

Don't forget, we will be recruiting staff for the extended shop and tearoom in all departments and at all levels of responsibility.  If you are interested in joining us for this exciting new project let us know now!