In 2008 my father-in-law, Dave, had a roadside shed selling horse feed carrots right next to my garden of fruit & vegetables. Customers left notes in the honesty box asking when they could buy our peas, potatoes, raspberries etc. We listened and What’s For Tea Tonight? farm shop was born.
We took pride in continually responding to our customer requests through growing as wide a range of fruit and vegetables throughout the year, sourcing Farm Direct Meats, local Farm & Garden produce and Dietary Specific (gluten & lactose free) produce. We were able to sustain growing our own seasonal fruit and vegetables by rotating our crops and rest beds and with the help of our pet Kune Kune Pigs who are our biological waste vegetable management. Our passion for farming and passing on our skills occurs through teaching Nurseries, Schools, Home Education Group, Rainbows, Brownies, Guides, Cubs, Beavers, Scouts, Pension Groups and Care homes.
Our ambition is to share our knowledge of farming and enable all ages, abilities and walks of life to gain a skill that they can transfer to their own lifestyle through our, ‘Farming In The Field Education,’ hands on tailored education classes, workshops, work experience placements or learning to grow your own fruit and vegetables.
The Farm Fields
One acre field is sheltered by our farm buildings from the prevailing west winds where we can grow your winter and spring vegetables and house two 6×30 meter polytunnels, with overhead irrigation. One polytunnel has permanent early and late varieties of various berries and the other had annual rotational tender vegetables. The second acre field is surrounded by hedging, providing shelter from the west and east winds, this is where we can grow your summer and autumn vegetables. Our two pet Kune Kune pigs rotate around both acre fields eating your vegetables that have failed for you to be able to take home and act as our biological waste vegetable management and soil improvers.
Throughout each season we continually work with nature using as much natural farming skills as we can to produce fresh wholesome fruit and vegetables for you to taste and take home. Your produce can include;
- Pak Choi
- Purple Sprouting Broccoli
- Wild Garlic
- Salad leaves
- Pak Choi
- Cabbage – Various
- Charlotte Potatoes
- Maris Piper Potatoes
- Brussel Sprouts
- Brussel Sprouts
What’s For Tea Tonight?
Now closed, for 13 years our shop, Our Own and local Family Farms & Gardens seasonal farm produce was on sale alongside Farm Direct Meats, dairy and other eating essentials, providing ‘What’s For Tea Tonight?’ as well as most of your weekly meals.
We harvested our fruit & vegetables almost daily (weather and season dependable) ensuring that on the shelf or your pre-order was the freshest and tastiest possible for you to enjoy.
Farming In The Field Education
Farming in the field education began in response to watching how our family and friends’ children liked to help Marie in our fields and thoroughly enjoyed being with Pinky and Dotty, helping to feed and water them as well as picking peas and tasting them! Hence the idea formed for the opportunity for all ages, abilities and walks of life to come and learn whilst having fun with their family and friends as ‘Farming in the Field Hands On Education’, being tailored to their abilities and needs.
Having grown up on a farm that relied on the local community to come and harvest raspberries, potatoes and other vegetables Marie wanted to contribute this opportunity to our community. Twenty years as a physiotherapist Marie is committed to offering this unique educational experience to all ages, abilities and walks of life. Marie is currently studying autism via NESCOL online learning.
Keiran and Johnny, our pet donkeys came as three years old in May 2021 having been rescued. Teaching Carronhill additional needs School , Marie recognised they were at the correct eye level to engage wheelchair users to participate in their care. Most visits of all ages, abilities and walks of life have also trained them to feed from a bucket, stand to be groomed and have hoof care, lead from a halter and now progressing to long reins for potential to drive a cart or to be ridden.