News from the farm this October!

Oct 05, 2017

Autumn is well and truly here, the nights are getting colder and the days are drawing in making it that little bit harder to get out of bed to do the milking on a Sunday morning. The view from the top of the farm as we cycle down the track makes it all worthwhile. Looking down from Lower Withercombe, towards Chagford the valleys are swathed in mist and the autumn sun shines above the hills, the air is crisp and everything is quiet. We wouldn’t want to be anywhere else in the world. 

The goats are also that little bit slower to get going in the morning and as the weather gets colder and the days shorter their yield decreases. We will continue to milk our 13 nannies and supply you with nutritious raw milk until the time comes to give them a few months break before the new kidding season begins in early spring.

Every week we put aside some of the milk for cheese making and experimenting in the dairy. Katherine has perfected the halloumi and this month we will be trying out a new soft cheese and longing for the cheese cave to be finished so that we can move onto mould ripened cheeses. We are really excited to have just made our first batch of goats milk kefir, a delicious probiotic drink, which we hope to be trying out on you all soon. 

Cassandra and her piglets are doing well, happily foraging in the woodland above the farm and after a recent visit from Boris the boar, we expect Sally to farrow in December. Interestingly the gestation period for pigs is 3 months, 3 weeks and 3 days. 

We are very excited that October’s chickens are plump and ready to eat, just in time for your monthly order!

Seb and Sylvan are busy renovating the goat barn and hope to have the roof on in time for the Harvest Festival on 21st October. Please come along and join us at the farm from 2pm for apple pressing, storytelling, pumpkin carving, cider drinking, ceilidh dancing and singing by the fireside. We will cook up a delicious soup and invite you to bring bread and cheese to share. Please also bring along any apples you would like to press and bottles for taking home the juice.

Amidst the festivities, we will be holding an informal AGM in the Threshing Barn at 4pm. Please come along and join us for a glass of cider and a taste of some of our produce. We look forward to sharing the last year’s progress with you all and welcome your feedback, questions and ideas. 

We are always looking for ways to improve our ordering system and share options to make them less confusing for members and us alike. We have come up with some ideas to replace the current system and would really appreciate your feedback. Please could you all fill in the questionnaire here and return it to your collection point, the farm or any of us before Thursday the 19th of October. Everyone who returns a completed form will be entered into a prize draw with a chance to win a fabulous Chagfarm Christmas hamper!

With many thanks and wishes for a bountiful autumn from us all at Chagfarm.