It's that time of year again - the farm is winding down for Christmas, so we are closing for orders until next season. We'd like to thank everyone who's bought our veg, eggs, or honey this year, and we look forward to seeing you all again in 2023. Merry Christmas!
Pumpkin season is here. Considering they had very little water over the summer they have done really well. We think the biggest one is well over 50kg!! It was all we could do to roll it to the edge of the pumpkin field and pick it up on the tractor. The display on the front of the farm is certainly proving a talking point.
We have started the next project on Holly Farm. We have begun to landscape the area cleared by the pigs to make a woodland garden. Its a very shady area surrounded on three sides by Devon banks. Martin has levelled the ground and taken out the few remaining plants left by the pigs. (They obviously don't like teasles). We've put in a winding path and bought some white bark birch trees. We're hoping to fill the area with native woodland plants. Hopefully will look amazing in the spring.
Wow what a busy summer. We have extended our growing area and despite the lack of rain over the summer we have managed to get a reasonable crop especially squashes and courgettes. Some things suffered really badly in the heatwave and next year will have to look closely at how we can grow without resorting to irrigation. We have been increasing our veg box customers; started supplying The Tytherleigh Arms and veg shops in Axminster and Honiton.
So here it is. The first batch of unpastuerised Holly Farm honey. Thanks to Morgan Shore, our Beekeeper, for setting up the hives, dealing with the swarm and collecting the honey.
Had a wander round the pumpkin field this morning and found these whoppers!!
So it turns out we can grow Pradon peppers - loads of them!
We are really pleased with our greenhouse produce this year. We have 3 varieties of cherry tomatoes which look and taste great and some huge beefmaster tomatoes. We were not sure if we would be able to grow Padron peppers but they definitely like the hot weather we have had recently. Oh and the cucumbers are climbing over the roof!
Well these little beauties were a bit of a surprise. Hope they keep this amazing colour as they grow and ripen.
The tomatoes are looking good. They are beginning to show some fruit so it's looking promising for a good crop.