...and the turkey is getting fat.
Yes, I know you don’t want to read about Christmas, but it is nearly upon us. In just seven weekends we will all be excitedly opening our Christmas presents, carefully taken from under our Christmas tree, and looking forward to a delicious Christmas lunch, complete with roast turkey and all the trimmings. Some of you may feel like it is far too early to be thinking about Christmas but, for us, Christmas has been at the forefront of our minds for almost as long as tinsel has been in the local supermarket.
For the last few years we have had the good fortune of working with the award-winning Catsfield Christmas Tree Farm, in Catsfield, near Battle in East Sussex. This Christmas tree farm and its festive shop will serve you nearly an entire Christmas experience under one roof - you can: pick your own tree, while it is still growing; choose from a selection of different types of pre-cut tree; get a hand-made bespoke Christmas wreath; and you can stock up on Christmas lights, decorations and the odd stocking filler.
You may think Christmas comes around rather quickly but Clive and Phil, at Catsfield, have been thinking about Christmas for far longer. Each of Clive’s Christmas trees takes roughly seven years to mature, and Phil starts thinking about the festive shop almost as soon as last year’s closes. When you get that lovely fresh-smelling tree into your home, however, decorated with Christmas lights and shiny baubles, you will be able to tell the difference and you will know you made the right choice.
Catsfield will also be running competitions during the next couple of months. They have just announced a Jumper competition – wear your best Christmas jumper to the farm, take your picture, send it to Catsfield and the best jumper will win a free tree in 2017. They have also teamed up with the Battle Wool Shop to launch a competition for their younger visitors – a Beanie competition. Open to entrants aged between four to seven, the child who designs the best beanie hat will get their beanie professionally knitted in time for Christmas, as well as £10 worth of tree decorations from the Catsfield festive shop.
Clive and Phil also offer expert advice on how to get the best out of your tree. They share a lot of this advice on Facebook, Google+, Twitter, and Pinterest, so make sure you follow them - it’s also the ideal place to find out about other competitions and events going on at Catsfield.
Catsfield Christmas Tree Farm will reopen on Saturday 19th November and will be open every day, between 9.00am to 6.00pm, until Christmas Eve.
I said Catsfield can nearly serve you a whole Christmas experience – what’s missing? The Turkey. This year we are delighted to introduce a new customer – Badgers Mead Farm, in Mayfield, East Sussex. Nev Champion and his family have been running Badgers Mead Farm for over 30 years and they were the first KellyBronze turkey franchise in the country. Nev is described by Paul Kelly, founder of KellyBronze, as a one of his ‘Hero Farmers’.
If you’ve never had a KellyBronze turkey, then you really don’t know what you are missing. They are more than just a breed, they are a philosophy. All KellyBronze turkeys are grown slowly and mature over several months. Their feed is based on cereals and vegetable protein and are bred without additives, drugs or growth promoters and, of course, they are GM free. They use traditional processing methods and come to you individually wrapped and boxed to maintain their quality. They come with detailed cooking instructions and even a thermometer. If you don’t want a whole turkey, you can choose from a range of products including a delicious stuffed breast roast, a turkey crown with giblets, turkey sausages and even their sensational hot cranberry jelly.
Believe me, once you’ve tried a KellyBronze turkey from Badgers Mead Farm, you will never go back – they are the Rolls-Royce of turkeys.
In addition to turkeys, Badgers Mead Farm also sells eggs, so look on their brand-new website, learn more about their delicious products and order your Christmas Turkey today.
As with Catsfield Christmas Tree Farm, you can also follow Badgers Mead Farm on social media – Facebook, Twitter and Google+, so make sure you are following them for information and advice.
So, Christmas is coming and, while it maybe a little early, we are full of Christmas spirit at Blueberry.
But, I won’t wish you a Merry Christmas yet, I’ll leave that until next month.