May Farm News

Time for a little update! First of all, welcome to the new look Whiteley's Farm blog. We'll be updating this more regularly so you can see what we've been growing and harvesting throughout the seasons.We'll include some recipe ideas, what our favourite plants are as well as plenty of behind the scenes action!

May has been gloriously sunny and we have been toiling away sowing, planting and of course, watering! Tomatoes are happily growing the tunnel and we have lots available for you to grow at home including varieties suitable for containers and hanging baskets. There are plenty of veg packs to get you started too and don't forget we sell compost, topsoil and well rotted manure to help your plants and veg get the extra nutrients they need.

We've welcomed two new members of staff to the team, Chris and Sarah. Both are working in the nursery and farm shop and are busy learning the ropes as well as developing their plant knowledge.

Sadly we had to say goodbye to the hardest working dog of them all, Meg. After thirteen years of digging holes, we lost our old girl very suddenly and we are all missing her tremendously. Never happier than when she was in the field following the tractor or pawing the back of your leg for attention, she often liked to accessorize her look with weeds and sticky buds. Mother to Orion and Domino (as well as several others), she was a top dog who was most definitely the boss of us all.

May of course is the month that we look forward to every year as it's asparagus season. We can't wait for the eight short weeks it is with us and we're always excited to try out new recipe ideas. We're currently harvesting our own and it's best to pop in early if you can as we pick it fresh every morning. Here are some of the ways we plan to use it this season:

Gnocci with asparagus, sage and lemon butter
Thai chicken and asparagus curry 
Asparagus, watercress and pan roasted cherry tomato risotto
Asparagus, pancetta and lemon linguine 

Check out our previous post about our asparagus and some facts about the green stuff here including some other recipe suggestions.

Another Spring favourite that we grow and you can currently find in our farm shop are radishes. We have four different varieties on the farm and they are all equally delicious. Pop them into salads and sandwiches to add a little crunch and give a peppery kick or how about giving some of these recipe ideas a go?

Sticky pork and radish noodles 
Chicken salad with apples and radishes 
Roasted radishes 

Alternatively make them last a little longer by pickling them:

Pickled radishes and carrots 

We're also picking early rhubarb, spinach, lettuces and herbs. There will of course be lots more to come! If you are interested in getting a box delivery, then click here.