Halloween is nearly here!

October 27th, 2014

                      With Halloween just around the corner we have been harvesting our pumpkins from the field! We have pumpkins in all sizes, tiny ones to huge ones! Great for carving or eating. Don’t waste your pumpkin seeds, have a look at this recipe here for how to roast them.

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      Tickets for Bonfire Night in Boughton Pocket Park on sale here at Smiths Farm Shop. Tickets are only £3.00, buy them now and save £1.50 per ticket! (They are £4.50 on the gate). A truly amazing professional firework display in a family friendly atmosphere. 8th of November Gates open at 5:30pm. Fireworks at 6:30pm.

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A fantastic harvest this October at Smiths!

October 27th, 2014

We have some fantastic seasonal foods we are promoting at the moment, with our onions, potatoes, apples, bramleys, pickling onions, pumpkins and squashes – we’ve been really busy!

Everyone has been working very hard on the exciting new extension which will hopefully be finished in the next couple of weeks, we’ve been harvesting pumpkins, and moving our new residents Ouessant sheep in to their new paddock, the smallest sheep in the world! They have been settling in very well, and would love for you to go and say hello to them!

We’ve got super sacks of onions in right now – locally grown and harvested in Bedford! Great for storing, they will keep for months! 4kg for only £3.20.

 Lesley modelling the onions

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Three varieties of local potatoes – 7.5kg sack only £2.25.

We also have shallots, pickling onions, vinegar and jars. Everything you need to make your own pickled onions, they make brilliant Christmas presents!

Come in and take advantage of a fantastic local harvest!


Don’t miss out on our fantastic Bramley apple offer!

October 2nd, 2014
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 After a bumper harvest we have a great deal on at the moment with our Bramleys – so there is no excuse not to get cooking! Plump up your apple pies, cram your crumbles and topple your tarts!  They are ideal for storing, if stored properly they will keep for at least two months. Just keep them in a cool, dry place, out of the sun. Using newspaper layered between the apples also helps store them for a long period. So get baking and take advantage of  the great British bramley!

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     Locally grown and hand picked – Coxs Orange Pippin. First grown in England in 1830! One of the best in quality of English dessert apples.

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Spartan –  Freshly hand picked local apples – take advantage of this great bumper crop of local apples!

English apples

We have Red Pippin, Festival, Early Windsor, Red Windsor apples with more to follow. They are all the same price, you can pick n mix to try them all! All english, locally grown and hand picked.


Our Gluten Free Range is Growing!

October 1st, 2014

 

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Our Gluten Free Range Display

Our gluten free range is growing by the week! We now have a great range of gluten free foods from pasta to cereal, biscuits, sweets and snacks. We’ve also been expanding our gluten free baking range, with gluten free flours, baking powder, xantham gum (used in recipes to improve crumb structure), and baking mixes – so now you can bake gluten free at home!  We have just started selling gluten free bread, bread sticks and brownies from the Incredible Bakery – let us know if there is anything else gluten free you would like us to stock!


Summer is here at Smiths!

July 17th, 2014

This weekend is going to be a scorcher – we’ve got everything you need to make the most of this glorious weather!

Fill your barbecues up with something different this weekend:

-Local Sausages, local pork and apple burgers, Aberdeen Angus burgers

-Swordfish steaks, Tuna steaks,  Sardines and Black Tiger Shrimp (great for barbecuing!)

Locally made Gallones Ice Cream new flavours – Bubblegum, Salted Caramel, and Honey & Ginger!

English runner beans, carrots, beetroot, broad beans, peas, gooseberries, blackberries and strawberries.

Our Deli is stocked full of great picnic snacks – slices of locally made quiche, pork pies, scotch eggs, slices of cake, Italian pastries,  as well as a great selection of antipasti!

Have a great weekend!


Asparagus season is nearly over!

June 16th, 2014
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Our homegrown asparagus – fresh from the field to the shop!

Its been a busy few weeks cutting the asparagus, but the season is coming to an end. Traditionally we stop cutting it on the 21st of June, we then leave it so that the asparagus can grow big tall ferns so it stores up growth for next years crop.

A sad farewell to asparagus and hello! to shiny new potatoes that we will be digging up at the end of this week.


Hugh’s Seville Orange Marmalade Recipe

January 8th, 2014

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 Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall’s Seville orange marmalade: Breakfast toast just wouldn’t be the same without it. Photograph: Colin Campbell for the Guardian

This is my friend Pam Corbin’s recipe for classic marmalade from River Cottage Handbook No 2: Preserves. If you want to add whisky, brandy or Cointreau, stir in about 50ml just before putting the marmalade into jars. Makes five to six 450g jars.

1kg Seville oranges
75ml lemon juice
2kg demerara sugar

Scrub the oranges, remove the buttons at the top of the fruit, then cut them in half. Squeeze out the juice and reserve. With a sharp knife, slice the peel, pith and all, into thin, medium or chunky strips, depending on your preference. Gather up the seeds and tie them in a square of muslin. Put the peel and pip bag into a bowl with the orange juice, cover with 2.5 litres of water and leave to soak overnight, or for up to 24 hours.

Transfer the lot to a preserving pan or large saucepan, bring to a boil, then simmer slowly, partially covered, until the peel is tender – this should take about two hours, by which time the contents of the pan will have reduced by about a third. Remove and discard the bag of pips.

If you don’t have a sugar thermometer, put a saucer in the freezer to chill. Add the lemon juice and sugar to the pan, and stir over a low heat until the sugar has dissolved. Raise the heat and bring to a rolling boil. Boil rapidly until the setting point is reached, after about 25 minutes – a sugar thermometer should read 104C or a dollop of marmalade dropped on to the chilled saucer should wrinkle when pushed with your finger. Remove from the heat, leave to cool for eight to 10 minutes (a little longer if the peel is very chunky), then stir gently to disperse any scum. Pour into warm, sterilised jars and seal immediately.

 

 


Attention Marmalade Makers!

January 8th, 2014

Seville OrangesSeville Oranges are here! And not for long… as their season is very short, so come in and buy them now! Priced at £1.54/kg

Have a look at this No Churn Bitter Orange Ice Cream Recipe from Nigella here.

Or these brilliant recipes from Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall here.


Christmas Trees!

December 2nd, 2013
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We’ve got a huge selection of Christmas Trees for you to choose from now in stock!

Nordmann Firs – An excellent non-needle dropping tree, with soft, wide, dark green needle.

Norway Spruce – A traditional favourite, many people enjoy its Christmassy scent once indoors during December.

Blue Spruce – A low drop tree that has a distinctive silver-blue colour, and a smell that is reminiscent of Christmas.

Fraser Fir – Dark green on top and silvery underneath, good needle retention, with branches that turn upward – perfect for hanging ornaments on.

We also have potted trees, tree stands, trees from 3ft to 15ft!

Please come in and talk to a friendly member of staff to find the perfect Tree for your house this Christmas! 

Our trees are un-netted so that you can see the shape of the tree, once you have chosen your tree we will then net it for you, and assist you with loading it into your car.


Our Christmas Opening Hours December 2013

November 27th, 2013

Fresh products delivered in everyday including Sunday!

Chapel Brampton Farm Shop Opening Hours:-

Friday 20th Dec – 9am-5:30pm

Saturday 21st Dec – 9am-5:30pm

Sunday 22nd Dec – 10am-4pm

Monday 23rd Dec – 8am-7pm Deli – 8am-6:30pm

Tuesday 24th Dec – 8am-3pm

Billing Farm Shop Opening Hours:-

Friday 20th Dec – 8am-4:30pm

Saturday 21st Dec – 8am-4:30pm

Sunday 22nd Dec – 9am-4pm

Monday 23rd Dec – 8am-4:30pm

Tuesday 24th Dec – 8am-2pm

Towcester Farm Shop Opening Hours:-

Monday 23rd Dec – 9am-4:30pm

Tuesday 24th – 9am-2pm