Lauriston Farm steps into the media spotlight yet again when Ben Eagle visited the farm. Ben is a farmer, environmental and agricultural writer, as well as a podcaster and award-winning blogger. He came to interview Spencer for his podcast Meet the Farmers, which aims to highlight the realities of running a farm in the UK. You can listen to the full interview here.
Something of an exciting new venture for us, there will now be a pop-up farm shop in the barn every Friday between 11am and 2.30pm. The first is this Friday, 24th May. You'll be able to buy our seasonal vegetables along with our amazing slow-grown, pasture-fed beef and lamb and, of course, our delicious eggs. For our lovely customers, we even provide hot drinks too. The kettle's on, so what are you waiting for? We look forward to seeing you.
Following the success of our Farm Open Days, we have decided to continue them indefinitely. We will now be holding them on the last Saturday morning of each month, except December. They'll be at the usual time of between 10.30am and 12.30pm. We hope to have some mid-week ones too, details will be posted on our website when their dates are confirmed.
For those that haven't visited the farm already, this is a great opportunity to learn about what we do, biodynamic farming and meet our animals. You'll get a chance to feed the sheep too. Much of our farm is wheelchair accessible, we have a drop off point by our main barn, with parking nearby, and have specially adapted toilets as well.
Booking in advance is essential as spaces are limited. You can find out more or book your place here.
We go market crazy in 2019! After joining the Colchester and Bell Inn Farmers' Market earlier this year, we now venture into the Dengie. Biodynamics meets Burnham-on-Crouch, as we started trading at the Burnham-on-Crouch Farmers' Market in March.
With high winds forecast, we opted to be inside in the relative safety of the Hall. Again, sales went well and we were cleaned out of our Purple Sprouting. Word had obviously spread that we were coming to town.
The market is on the third Sunday of each month in the Village Hall between 9am and 12.30pm. For those coming by car, there is plenty of free on-street parking nearby. We're looking forward to the next market this coming Easter Sunday. If you live locally or happen to be in the area, then do drop by.
Following a report of a rare sighting of mud sharks in this week's Maldon and Burnham Standard, we can confirm a second sighting. Spencer was out checking the sheep this morning when he managed to take this photo.
It's believed that a combination of rising sea temperatures and perfect mud conditions in this area makes the Blackwater Estuary an ideal breeding ground for them. We have reported the sighting and submitted a full statement to Professor D Orsil, a Finnish expert of this elusive shark, who will be investigating it further.
If you love biodynamics, you'll love this. Ralf Roessner has chosen our farm as the UK venue for his talk and workshop over the early May Bank Holiday weekend.
We couldn't be more honoured, because Ralf is a big name in biodynamics on mainland Europe. He is a passionate bee-keeper and biodynamic farmer who produces light root (Chinese yam), which is prized for its medicinal properties. In addition, he has worked in the field of water research for over 20 years. Ralf specialises in natural medicine, nutrition, healing water technologies and education in the “subtle energy fields”. He is the author of The Light Root and The Genius of Bees and the Elemental Beings.
On Friday 3rd May at 8pm he will be giving a talk on 'The Initiate Consciousness and the Mission of the Folk Spirit'. This is followed by a workshop the next day on Saturday 4th 10am - 5pm , 'How can I develop a consciousness of the planet in order to gain access to the authentic beings of the animal, plant and mineral kingdoms?' A talk with practical development exercises.
For more details and to book, visit our dedicated Event webpage.
We had a touch of stardom, when BBC Essex popped by at the farm as part of their Sunday morning radio programme the Quest. It's a programme where listeners have to work out from the clues locations in Essex. The presenters then visit the location, where they then get the clue for the next destination. It's hugely popular with listeners.
Spencer was giving the cows breakfast when they arrived. But it was Bright Eyes that stole the show, with his cameo role as the dancing cow. You can listen to the programme here, we're 55 mins in and after the news too.
There's no stopping Team Lauriston. Just a month after joining the Colchester Market, we've now started trading at The Bell Inn Farmers' Market, Tolleshunt Major too. Our first visit couldn't have been more auspicious. The weather was stunning, giving us the first taste of spring, and there was lots of interest in our eagerly awaited stall. We are pleased to say, our meat sales did particularly well for a first market and we anticipate lots of repeat customers.
The market is extremely popular with the villagers and the clay pigeon shooting behind the pub is a great draw. The Bell Inn is less than ten minutes drive from the farm, so it's not only extremely easy to get to but will be great for increasing local interest in the farm and our produce. We look forward to the next market on Sunday 31st March 9am - 1pm. If you're nearby, then do drop by.
We are very excited to announce that we will be at the Colchester Farmers' Market this coming Friday from 9.30am - 12.30pm. It's in the Colchester Arts Centre in the middle of town. This is our second market, following on from the success of the one in Wivenhoe. We will be there with all our biodynamic vegetables and meat, along with our organic wool and wool craft items made from our Ronaldsay flock. It's a great opportunity to stock up on some top quality grub. They'll be lots of other stalls with local produce and crafts. We hope to see you there.