Hampton celebrating our award for ‘The Best in England’ multipurpose forestry
We are going to have a mid-August beef collection day for a change and please put FRIDAY 15th AUGUST in your diary to pick up prime Hampton beef, venison, a pie or two, beef or pork sausages and a delicious cup of coffee and freshly baked slice of cake.
How about a barbeque bag with a kilo of fine steak, two packs of sausages and eight of our 100%beefburgers? Life couldn’t be simpler. Or a bespoke order of mouth-watering rib on the bone which will impress everyone and goes so well with a big salad and new potatoes (and add a couple of knobs of butter).
Huge thanks to so many of you who visited the garden here at Hampton at the end of June and beginning of July. Your wonderful generosity raised over £1000 for The Clockhouse at Milford and I know how very grateful they are. The favourite technical question which always comes up on a garden visit is ‘Who eats all the veg?’ and I’m delighted to say that with the extended family living in and around the estate we all benefit from fresh vegetables every Friday, a sort of early type of Riverford.
The second garden open day also coincided with our 4th July beef collection day. We also had ex Puttenham school families camping on the estate that evening and the Farnham and District Radio Club holding a field day just off the Hogs Back in another Hampton field. And at 3.30pm I was told that the fire brigade had just been summoned to Shoelands Farm to put out the baler which had caught fire baling the hay. A bearing had overheated, the hay was dry and very quickly we had quite a conflagaration. Two fire engines arrived and successfully put out the fire, and with rain forecast for later that evening we were delighted to see our local baling contractor arrive in the field at 6.30pm to finish the job. All hay baled, carted and stacked in the barn by 11pm that night and then the heavens opened. Jolly lucky. And I think the radio club made contact with Japan!
Last week we picked up our award for ‘The Best in England’ multipurpose forestry judged by the Royal Forestry Society which can sit with our Wigan Cup for best Fuggle Hop grown in the country at last harvest. And at this rate we won’t be able to get out of the office door.
However we do need some active, hardworking and fun student aged types for hop picking this summer. We will start in the last week of August and continue for about two and a half weeks. We need people who can commit to that period for five days per week, start time is 7.00am and finish time is 5pm. We do stop for breaks. It’s quite hard work involving a number of different jobs and requires no previous experience. Please get in touch with Kate Brown at the estate office if you would like to put a name forward.
We have grass in all directions which the cattle are loving and once the barley harvest starts on the Hogs Back we will be collecting the straw for more winter rations. Duke the bull doesn’t yet know that his days with us are numbered though I am sure his pastures new in Devon will be idyllic.
Bridget and I really look forward to seeing everyone on Friday 15th August and do put your order in as soon as possible to avoid any disappointment.
Friday 26thSeptember is the next collection day.
Happy summer cooking
Very best wishes