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April 20, 2019 / Apley Estate - Hamiltons

Chainsaw sculptor at Apley Farm Shop, Sunday & Monday

Dave Bytheway, Chainsaw sculptor: 07855 193 609

Come & watch Dave Bytheway carve beautiful sculptures from the Apley Estate woodlands. He’s working on the Skylark Nature Trail’s entrance archway at Apley Farm Shop, on Sunday 21 & Monday 22 April 10-4pm. His sculptures are for sale & there’s plenty to choose from. They make great garden ornaments.

Walk the nature trail to discover which ones our Apley Estate men have installed.

Click HERE to watch a time lapse.

PLUS, we have lots of Easter Funday activities in Pigg’s Playbarn; It’s fine just to turn up, but if you prefer to book, just click HERE.

Enjoy delicious meals in the Creamery Cafe, barbecue meats on the butchery counter, cheeses on the delicatessen counter, wines & beers in the Food Hall, shopping in the courtyard including the stunning Moongate Plant Centre.

 

April 10, 2019 / Apley Estate - Hamiltons

Watch chainsaw sculptor at Apley Farm Shop, 11 & 12 April

The air is full of the smell of cedar wood at Apley Farm Shop this week as Dave Bytheway sculpts beautiful birds & animals from Apley Estate wood. We’ll be positioning them around the Skylark Nature Trail, which starts & finishes in our car park.

Free nature trail guides will be available next week to take on your walks.

Watch Dave Bytheway, a very talented chainsaw sculptor working at Apley Farm Shop Thursday & Friday (11 & 12 April), creating sculptures for our Skylark Nature Trail. Get a sneaky preview by watching this FILM of him working today.

There is now a small charge. Turn up, pay in shop & walk or book online before you leave home.

We also have a super cafe, Food Hall, Playbarn, shopping, parking & masses to do for all ages. The Apley Maze will reopen mid July.

To contact Dave Bytheway call 07855 193 609 or find him on Facebook

 

To contact Steve who made this film & photos, visit A Decent Exposure Photography

April 8, 2019 / Apley Estate - Hamiltons

Ever wondered how to spatchcock a chicken

Have you ever wondered how to spatchcock a chicken? Here is one of Apley Farm Shop’s butchers showing you how it’s done. This is the first in a series of ‘How to’ films we are compiling to help our customers know how to make the most of the meats they buy from us. If you can’t make it to our farm shop in Shropshire TF11 9EF, just visit www.ApleyOnline.com

And the new thing you may now be wondering is the origin of this funny word. It goes back to 1775–85 & is apparently an alteration of spitchcock, which is itself perhaps a plausible but incorrect shortening of dispatch cock. Spatchcock chicken would make a delicious alternative to lamb on Easter Sunday & is very easy to cook on a barbecue, when the sun’s out!

April 8, 2019 / Apley Estate - Hamiltons

Tractor rally raises £1300 for Midlands Air Ambulance

Deep snow for 2018 tractor rally

Yesterday, 88 members of The Bridgnorth Vintage Machinery Club (BVMC) arrived at Apley Farm Shop on their vintage tractors for their annual tractor rally. Only one breakdown & no snow this year- remember last year?!

Every year they fundraise for Midlands Air Ambulance & this year raised a fabulous £1300. We are already looking forward to next year’s rally on Sunday 29 March 2020. 

Please call David Spruce on 07986 17 07 15 with any enquiries.

Steve Watts of A Decent Exposure Photography took these super photos. 07446 140 448

March 25, 2019 / Apley Estate - Hamiltons

Celebrate Mothers’ Day at Apley Farm Shop

Flowers from Big Little Things in our shopping courtyard or plants from the Moongate Plant Centre

Celebrate Mothers’ Day on Sunday 31 March at Apley Farm Shop with BreakfastLunch or Afternoon Tea in our Creamery Cafe.
Book online by clicking HERE. Our menu, times & prices are all just here too. To summarise:

Times

  • Breakfast 9:30-11:00am
  • Lunch 12noon, 1pm, 2pm or 3pm
  • Afternoon Teas in our Conference Room 12 noon, 2pm or 4pm
  • Afternoon Teas in our Cafe 4pm

Prices

Breakfast is £8.50 per adult or £5 per child.
Lunch for children is £10
Lunch for adults is £20 for 2 courses or £25 for 3 courses
Afternoon Teas are £20 per adult & £8 per child

Treats

Here’s our quick checklist of ways to treat your Mother !:

  • Apley Experiences make great Mothers’ Day presents
  • Our Food Hall has a selection of cards & presents (edible & non-edible) which can be bought online
  • Order her flowers from Big Little Things in the Apley Courtyard
  • Cook & eat at home – just pick up a Meal Deal from the Apley Butchery counter
  • Add a bottle of Prosecco & chocolates – just mention to our cafe staff
  • Not together this Sunday ? Buy her an Apley Gift Voucher
  • Fill you own hamper or order one online
March 6, 2019 / Apley Estate - Hamiltons

Fine Food Show of the North

Have you ever wondered how small producers of fine food & drink get their products spotted & ultimately sold in our food shops around the UK? Some brands were once ‘brand’ new to us, but are now familiar. One of the ways is The Speciality Fine Food Show in London in September & the Fine Food Show North (FFSN) in Harrogate in March. Both are organised by the wonderful Guild of Fine Food (GFF) who are largely responsible (with others) for facilitating the arrival of delicious food & drink into our homes. Think how much you like reeeeeally good food, how important it is in our lives, in making us happy & healthy.

I’ll be taking Lord Hamilton’s Apley Estate Smoked Pheasant to the Fine Food Show of the North 10-11 March for the first time, hopefully to successfully share with others my passion for it & the health benefits it can bring us all.

It’s smoked by multi award-winning MacNeil’s Smokehouse in Worcestershire, currently only sold in Apley Farm Shop in Shropshire but also available to anyone anywhere via ApleyOnline. Most importantly, it’s available in unlimited supply & all year round!

I’ll be on stand F12, a great corner & central location. It’s a trade fair for foodies & because it’s food, it’s fun too! Watch HERE what it’s all about.

March 1, 2019 / Apley Estate - Hamiltons

Hear local author at Pigg’s Playbarn, Sat 9 March

We’re welcoming local author Sarah Baker into Pigg’s Playbarn at Apley Farm Shop on Saturday 9 March 1pm. She will read from her first book, the Catalpult Kid, written for 3-6 yr olds. No need to book. Please be seated in our Conference Room by 12:45pm, above the Food Hall.

Any queries to 01952 581 002 or enquiries@ApleyFarmShop.co.uk

 

February 21, 2019 / Apley Estate - Hamiltons

Apley Farming update

Food & farming are core to Apley Farm Shop, which is set in the heart of the Apley Estate (in Shropshire, UK) where our farming operations develop & progress every year. I will endeavour to continue to share notes on a range of food & farming issues such as vaccinations, fertilising, free range, alternative crops, food miles, Brexit, sustainability, soils, climate, fads & veganism.

Our farm manager Adrian Joynt, has just sent me this update which I thought may be of interest to our farm shop customers but also to other farms & estates.

Livestock

Vaccinations are used to prevent disease & reduce antibiotic use. The need to vaccinate is confirmed by blood tests & veterinary advice. Cattle graze extensively on permanent pasture which is an environmentally friendly method of farming, as it contains a mix of grass species, herbs & wild flowers. The grass also acts as carbon sink. Herbicides are only used where necessary to control invasive weeds (docks, nettles & thistles) & poisonous weeds (ragwort). All the livestock manure is applied to the arable soils (ie spread in fields where wheat, oats or barley are growing) to return nutrients & organic matter to the soil.

Fertilisers

These are applied to crops based on the soil type, previous use of organic manures & the crop requirements. All the arable fields have been mapped into one hectare blocks for the soil reserves of potash, phosphate, magnesium & lime. The fertiliser or lime is applied using precision farming techniques at variable rates to only the areas of the field that require it. The reasons for this are to avoid waste of nutrients by over-application, to maintain or increase crop yields by ensuring that there is adequate nutrition & to improve water quality.

Cultivation

Our cultivation strategy is mainly “min till” (ie. minimum cultivating before planting) or non inversion, by cultivating shallower & not inverting (turning it over) the soil. The result is that the soil structure improves, drainage improves & soil organic matter is maintained (soil organic matter is lost by oxidation when air is incorporated into the soil). The plough is used when there is a need to control grass weeds (grass seeds do not usually emerge from depth & degrade in the soil relatively quickly). Min till cultivation requires less power & fuel.

We  apply chicken muck & sewage sludge to improve the soils on the farms. This helps to maintain soil structure & moisture retention by raising the organic matter content, as well as providing valuable nutrients & trace elements.

Cover crops

Cover crops are grown on much of the land for spring cropping (ie. planting in the spring). These use nutrients (nitrogen, sulphur & phosphate) that would otherwise be leached out of the soil over the winter period & into the water courses & groundwater. The roots of these crops are useful in maintaining & improving soil structure. Firstly they penetrate the soil & then as they decompose they provide organic matter & channels for water to drain through.

A range of crops are grown in rotation to prevent the build up of disease, particularly soil borne diseases such as Club Root & Take All. Varietal selection (eg we can choose a different variety of wheat) of each crop is based on yield & disease resistance.

If you’ve found this interesting, look out for new posts on this blog & in our enewsletter. If you don’t get the latter, but would like to, just click HERE.

You can watch the farming year from our Skylark Nature Trail which is a free 45 min walk starting from & finishing in the car park at Apley Farm Shop (TF11 9EF).

December 17, 2018 / Apley Estate - Hamiltons

Charity Present Wrapping Service at Apley Farm Shop

Have you done your Christmas shopping, found your presents, but now have no time to wrap them ?! Try out the Charity Present Wrapping Service at Apley Farm Shop. Full details are right here:

What: We will wrap your presents bought in Apley Farm Shop or from elsewhere

Paper: Bring your own or we will use plain brown wrapping paper with ribbons

When: Wed 19, Thu 20, Fri 21, Sat 22, Sun 23 & Mon 24 Dec

What time: 12-2pm daily on the above dates or by appt

Where: Apley Farm Shop, TF11 9EF

Who: By sixth former, fundraising to build school in Malawi in July 2019

How much: Choose how long you want us to wrap for you, then select the time & day you’d like to come.

We will wrap as many of your presents as possible in your time slot:

  • £2 for 5 mins
  • £4 for 10 mins
  • £6 for 15 mins
  • £8 for 20 mins
  • £10 for 25 mins
  • £12 for 30 mins

Extras: £1 extra for real fabric ribbon

Booking needed? No need to book but if helps if you do. Just click HERE. See also form below. Just turning up is fine but we may be busy!

How to pay:

  1. Cash on arrival
  2. Card at cash till in Food Hall
  3. Pay when you book online in advance
  4. Pay with our PayPal button

How it works:

  1. We photo your presents
  2. We both sign a brief inventory
  3. We give you an estimated completion time
  4. You enjoy a coffee in the Creamery Café
  5. We text you when ready

The Charity: Joshua in Malawi, https://joshuainmalawi.org.uk, Reg charity number: 111 47 27

Queries:

Call: 01952 581 002 ext 6
Text: 07714 74 33 69
Email: enquiries@ApleyFarmShop.co.uk

December 16, 2018 / Apley Estate - Hamiltons

Apley Experiences make great presents

One week to go & you still can’t find the right present ?! Apley Experiences make great presents for those who seem to have everything or for those who just prefer to do rather than to have.

Wrap up our lovely voucher in a gift box & give a present which will create lasting memories & give a new skill.

Our courses work around you. You register your interest, then we email you with a choice of dates. We then select the date which is most mutually convenient for all those wishing to attend.

Choose from Butchery, Bakery (bread or cakes), Cheese, Wine, Floristry or Pottery. In 2019, Apley Walled Garden tours will only be available on 1 & 15 May, 5 & 19 June. Please tell us if you’d like a gardening courses, so as soon as we can offer these, we can let you know.

£30 for 2hrs, led by local experts &/or our Apley Managers.

They’re available all year round & are perfect for individuals, friends or Local Interest Groups.

We suggest adding an Apley Afternoon Tea to make your day truly complete. £15.50 pp. Vouchers are available for these too.

Click HERE for the full list of Experiences (courses)

Click HERE to buy an Experience online

Click HERE to Register your Interest

Click HERE for full details in our Experiences brochure

To wrap it beautifully, we offer 2 optional extras:

  • Small gift box £2.50 with our Apley ribbon
  • Large gift box £3 with our Apley ribbon

Pick up our lovely brochure when next at Apley Farm Shop.

Any queries, please call or text 07714 74 33 69 or email enquiries@apleyfarmshop.co.uk