Hampton Newsletter April 2014

A very happy Easter to all our wonderful customers and Bridget and I have no doubt that your lunch on Easter day will be cooked to perfection using only the finest naturally reared ingredients. It now looks as though Easter Monday might not be the best day to crack out the barbeque after all, but we have the whole summer ahead for Hampton Herbies and our 100% beefburgers.

Our beef collection day on Friday 2nd May has had to be postponed as I am sure that many will know. However we do have MINCE, STEWING STEAK, BRAISING STEAK and SHIN in the freezer for anyone who’s supplies will run dry and rather than click and collect, pop in and pick up. Do let Kate, Bridget or I know if you would like any of the above and when you would like to pop in. Tuesdays, Thursdays and Fridays would be good but we will wait to hear.

Although it seems a long way off our next 100% all singing and dancing supersonic beef collection day will be on Friday 6th June with coffee, tea, cakes, sausage tasting, red and white wine, all the usual fun stuff.

In the meantime we are 26 calves to the good, and nine more expected imminently. The cows are loving the sunshine, the grass is growing well and the fields are really drying out nicely. We are off to look at a new bull at the end of the month. Duke, our current dad, has to be replaced after doing a fine job on the fathering front for three years, and we would like another bull from the famous Leconfield Herd if possible. This will ensure we are using the best pedigree available and that we are improving our stock all the time. Fingers crossed that I can give you a good report next month.

The hop gardens are inundated with hop trainers from Poland who are doing great work.. They are hand training the hop shoots up the strings, and in these conditions the hops are growing fast and need to have that bit of guidance.

The garden here at Hampton is full of promise and under the watchful eye of Cornelia looks stunning. Do come and have a look round as we are opening the garden to everyone on three occasions this year.

The annual Ride in the Park on Sunday 18th May will see the garden open, the drives ready for bikes, trikes, rollerblades, prams and even the odd tandem, and large amounts of tea to sustain everyone at Myrtles Courtyard. Entry is £3 per head and each year this event gets bigger and bigger. More details on our website under ‘news’.

We are also opening the garden on Thursday 26th June in the afternoon from 2pm to 5pm and again on Friday 4th July (a beef day). We hope as many as possible will enjoy the walled garden, the herbaceous borders, the views from the lawns and a cup of tea. Do put these dates in your diary if gardens are your sort of thing.

Very best wishes to all and we look forward to seeing anyone popping in and picking up whenever is convenient.

Best wishes

Bill and Bridget

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