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August 20, 2015 / Apley Estate - Hamiltons

Another busy day at Apley Farm Shop

2015-08-20, Homegrown peaches & apricots

Homegrown peaches & apricots

2015-08-20, Apley Plant Centre - bunting

Apley Plant Centre

2015-08-20, Corn Loft Conference Room

Corn Loft Conference Room, ready for a leaving party tomorrow

2015-08-20, Welly boot displayIt’s been a lovely summery day at Apley Farm Shop today, full of activity & busi-ness. Tina got the Conference Room ready (looks gorgeous) for a leaving party tomorrow. On the butchery, I spotted Hayley, who went abroad for a long trip with Willow. I’m delighted they’ve both come back to work at Apley Farm Shop. I chatted with most of concessionaires, as the end of the school holidays approaches & I’m preparing for Autumn. I spent an hour with our new shop supervisor, who has created lovely displays including this one in Francis’s old wellies ! Our quails eggs supplier called during our meeting to confirm that he’s delivering more on Wednesday – so not long to wait. I love them in salads or just with celery salt before supper, when feeling peckish. Phil (head gardener) popped in to discuss a 2016 tomato festival, our latest crop report & production figures for the last quarter.

I bumped into a friend shopping in the Farm Shop & showed her round. She asked for a take away coffee, which of course we offer, along with almost any food or drink we produce. Our delicatessen range is perfect very pret-a-porter, ready to take-away. More on that soon.

The Apley Plant Centre is prettier than anyone had ever imagined – Melanie’s bike & bunting display is fabulous. I’ve been choosing new London window box flowers. Each time I went to chat with her today about marketing issues, she was called away to serve customers – so there are plenty of people who are clearly enjoying what she’s created.

When I got home, Gavin was picking fruit in our garden, including these peaches & apricots. Some are also growing in Apley Farm Shop’s courtyard, but aren’t quite ready (the same goes for our figs & grapes).

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