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Farm shop – keeping it local…….

They say we are a nation of shopkeepers and here at Lower Campscott we certainly enjoy keeping the farm shop well stocked with all sorts of essential groceries, as well as our succulent meat and some delicious treats as well. 

Posted in Beach, chickens, Cows, Member Farms, Recipes, Retail, Shopping

Visit the countryside………it’s idyllic!

The telephone rings. “Good morning, Yellingham Farm” “Oh, hello, do you take single women?” Oh no not another one! ‘Yes of course”. I replied. What ensued was the life history of a single lady called Christine. “Well you see Mrs.

Posted in chickens, Farm Dogs, gardens, Member Farms, Sheep, Shepherd

West Middlewick goes unpasteurised!

West Middlewick Farm has been granted a licence by the Food Standards Agency to sell milk straight from the cow!  Guests staying at the farm, near Witheridge, already enjoy their fresh beef, pork and eggs from the farm shop and

Posted in Calves, Cows, Member Farms, Retail

Do you fancy giving a hen a home?

If you stay at Knowle Farm you can meet some of the hens who are now enjoying a new lease of life and freedom to roam where they like.  These six had to get used to their surroundings before being

Posted in chickens, insects, Member Farms, pets

A novel place to eat!

  Devon is famous for its fresh local food and I love finding a new restaurant to try.  My daughter recently organised a trip to a restaurant for our wedding anniversary and it proved truly memorable.  We drove down to

Posted in Beach, Boats, Ferry, Member Farms, Restaurants, Sailing

Visit RHS Rosemoor in all its glory!

Take a trip to RHS Rosemoor near Torrington at any time of the year and you are guaranteed a great day out.  Whilst it is a true plantsman’s garden there’s always plenty to keep everyone amused with workshops, children’s activities

Posted in gardens, Member Farms

A thief in my lambing yard!

Here at Yellingham Farm we always lamb indoors, which makes it easier for me.  It also means any problems, particularly in the night, can be spotted early and dealt with.  Yes, it costs more money because of bedding etc. and

Posted in Lambs, Member Farms, Sheep, Shepherd

The dramatic history of Hallsands…….

A century ago one of our local fishing villages was struck by disaster.  South Hallsands was one of several small communities dotted along the coast that relied on the sea for its living and supported 128 inhabitants, 39 houses and

Posted in Beach, Boats, Member Farms

Spotlight on Ilfracombe………

Damien Hirst’s Verity definitely has the Marmite factor – whether you love her or can’t stand her she’s extremely popular and draws people to Ilfracombe.   However Verity, as statuesque and commanding as she is in the harbour, is not the

Posted in Beach, Boats, Member Farms, Restaurants, walks

Chocolate cake recipe, courtesy of Mincombe Barn:

Luke’s chocolate cake with chocolate ganache.  Can be decorated according to the season! Ingredients: 225g Butter or baking margarine 225g Caster sugar 225g Self-raising flour 50g Cocoa powder 1 teaspoon baking powder 2 large duck eggs or 4 chicken eggs

Posted in Member Farms, Recipes