There's a festive feel in the air at Alder Carr Farm.
Christmas is a time where we have to plan ahead, anticipating what our customers want but also being on the pulse when it comes to knowing what great artisan products are a must-buy for our homes and kitchens. Certainly, the months of November and December are amongst the busiest and most exciting we have and as you'll know, there's a fantastic atmosphere throughout the Farm, in the Shop, the Barn Cafe and the artisan craft shops on site.
The first date for your diary is the 'Turkey Taster' on Friday 14th and Saturday 15th November where you can get 10% off your bird if ordered on either day. Once again, we're stocking 'Great Grove' woodland turkeys, a family -run farm where, after being delivered from the hatchery in May or June, birds are free to roam around 35 acres of wood and grassland. Using an aged old method of farming, Great Grove Farm allow the birds plenty of time to grow to maturity which gives a far superior quality bird with natural gamey flavours.
This year and following popular demand, we've also brought back our Christmas shopping event, with craft stalls, Christmas goodies tastings and its rumoured Father Christmas will also be making an appearance. Do come along on Saturday 6th December if you can make it, to stock up on Christmas presents, (food, drink or craft) and 'try before you buy' biscuits, mini Christmas cakes and more.
We're also going to be running a series of festive food tastings in the Farm Shop during December. All the suppliers (including ourselves) are award-winning artisan producers. The schedule so far is:
29th November; Alder Tree Fruit ice-creams (Christmas and Top 50 UK Food, Gooseberry & Limoncello).
6th December: Farmhouse Cooking (mince-pies, mini Christmas cakes, biscuits) from Wickham Market and Cottage Delight (gourmet jams, chutneys, preserves and more) are coming all the way from Leek, Staffordshire;
12th December: Hellhound Brewery, the craft beer and cider makers from Hadleigh and Sloe Motion, Hedgerow Fruit Liqueurs including Sloe and Damson gin;
17th December: Rowcliffe's artisan cheeses (some of the best suppliers in 'world cheeses') and;
20th December: Alder Tree ice-creams
If you're wondering what to stock up with this Christmas, these are a great way of trying before you buy, as well as finding out more about their provenance.
And, from the end of November, we'll be stocking locally-grown Christmas trees, both the 'traditional' Norway Spruce, famed for its aroma and shape and the Nordman Fir (see pic above), which holds its needles for a long time and is becoming an increasingly popular tree choice. Trees on offer will be both cut and potted.
We do hope you'll be able to make at least one of our events, we do try very hard to make Christmas extra special for all our much valued customers. On behalf of us all, Happy Christmas, and thanks for your wonderful support throughout the year. We couldn't do it without you!