OUR BUTCHERY IS HIRING 🔪

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The HEFS butchery team is our pride and joy and regularly wins awards for its skill, creativity and service-with-a-smile. We are incredibly proud to have trained five butchers from apprentice all the way through to fully fledged butcher since we the Farm Shop opened.

We are excited to be expanding our team, creating new roles within our butchery department, working within our day to day team and on our butchery workshops and events. We are looking to take on experienced butchers, all levels will be considered.

If you would like to be part of our successful team of butchers, please send cv and covering letter to clare@hawardenestate.co.uk.

Experience essential, salary negotiable. We look forward to hearing from you! 

Photo by Ginger Pixie Photography.

PICK-YOUR-OWN AT THE FARM SHOP THIS YEAR

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At the beginning of every Summer we field many, many questions about our Pick-Your-Own growing calendar, so we thought it would be useful to let you know what we've got growing this year.

For five months or so during summer and early autumn (May to October), if the weather has been good to North Wales, the Hawarden Estate Farm Shop orchards and fields are abundant with beautiful fruit. This is when you are invited to come in and pick-your-own: a lovely family activity, and a great value way of buying nutritious fresh fruit.

First up, there are have rows of gooseberries -75 bushes to be precise- which are ready to be picked in May, followed up by the redcurrants and blackcurrants, which are in plentiful supply by June. August brings the Victoria plums, which are always a favourite. Next you will find a variety of English apples, including Russets, Katys and Discoveries, and by the time September arrives, the 125 trees are groaning under the weight of all the apples. Those that are taken down the road to the local press to be turned into the award-winning Hawarden Estate Apple Juice. Autumn also means Conference pears, Bramley cooking apples and Autumn raspberries in abundance. This year for the first time the team will be planting up 1000 corn on the cob plants, perfect for roasting over the campfire at The Good Life Experience festival. And last of all come the pumpkins, in all shapes and sizes, and a rainbow of colours. This year we’re planting up a bumper 5000 seedlings to make sure nobody is without when Halloween comes round.

Pick up a pot or punnet at the Farm Shop, and then come back for weighing. Over the summer at our Smoke Shack we have our barbecue fired up with delicious wood-fired street food; we also serve delicious Plas Farm ice cream.

Take a look at our Instagram hashtag #pyohawarden to see our pick-your-own in the wild!

BYO CONTAINERS TO THE BUTCHERY + DELI COUNTERS

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The next step in our quest to reduce our single use plastic here at the Farm Shop is to encourage you, our customers, to bring your own reusable containers to our butchery and deli counters to help minimise packaging consumption. This is by no means obligatory, but was suggested to us by a customer and is something we wholeheartedly support! 

Photo by our friend Rachel Kay.

NEW RAINBOW OF REUSABLE STRING BAGS AT THE FARM SHOP 🌈

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We're really excited with the arrival of this rainbow of reusable Filt string shopping bags that has arrived at the Farm Shop. Normandy-based company Filt have been making netting bags since 1860. Originally used by fishermen, these lightweight, expandable bags are the perfect carry-all and fit almost as much as Mary Poppins' famous carpet bag.

As well as being incredibly practical, here are six great reasons to invest in a reusable string bag:

1. A plastic bag can take from 15 to 1,000 years to break down, depending on environment. 
2. Plastic bags don’t biodegrade, but they can break down through photo degradation (exposure to light), breking into small, toxic particles.
3. An estimated one million birds, 100,000 turtles, and countless other sea animals die each year from ingesting plastic. 
4. The cost to recycle plastic bags outweighs their value, so most recycling facilities will not take them. Thanks to their light weight, plastic bags in landfills don’t always stay there. They are likely to fly away and can settle in trees, block storm drains, and clutter beaches.
5. The average reusable bag has a lifespan equal to that of more than 700 disposable plastic bags.
6. One person using reusable bags over their lifetime would remove more than 22,000 plastic bags from the environment. Now that's an incentive.

EASTER SAUSAGE SCHOOL 🍴

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Our butchery team is also preparing itself for our Easter Sausage School, where our expert butchers will share their sausage-making skills in a fun series of children's workshops. Here are the dates and how to book.

Mon 2 April - 2pm - FULLY BOOKED
Fri 6 April - 12pm / 2.30pm - FULLY BOOKED
Tue 10 April - 12pm / 2.30pm
Thu 12 April - 12pm / 2.30pm

Age: 4 years +
£6.50 per child (sessions are paid for on booking)

Please call 01244 533 442 to book spaces

FAMILY EASTER FUN AT THE FARM SHOP!

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We've lined up a series of exciting events to make the most of the upcoming Easter Holidays. As well as our permanent adventure play area and outdoor ping pong table, the Farm Shop will be putting on children’s scotch egg making workshops, leading Easter egg painting sessions, hosting slack lining and circus skills workshops, hosting an Easter-themed natural play session and -for the most adventurous- tree climbing sessions with The Great Big Tree Climbing Co. Join us!

FRI 30TH MARCH – EASTER EGG PAINTING

FRI 30TH MARCH – SLACK LINING SESSIONS

SAT 31ST MARCH – SPLAT’S CIRCUS WORKSHOPS

SAT 31ST – MARKETPLACE FULL OF LOCAL TRADERS + PRODUCERS

MON 2ND APRIL - EASTER SAUSAGE-MAKING WORKSHOP - FULLY BOOKED

MON 2ND APRIL – SPECIAL EASTER NATURAL PLAY SESSION

WED 4TH APRIL – TREE CLIMBING SESSIONS         

FRI 6TH APRIL - EASTER SAUSAGE-MAKING WORKSHOP - FULLY BOOKED

TUE 10TH APRIL - EASTER SAUSAGE-MAKING WORKSHOP

THU 12TH APRIL - EASTER SAUSAGE-MAKING WORKSHOP

10% DISCOUNT FOR REUSABLE CUPS

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As part of our ongoing quest to reduce the amount of single-use plastic we get through here at the Farm Shop, we are now offering a 10% discount off all our takeaway hot drinks for customers who bring their own reusable cups. Don't have a reusable cup? Hang tight, we have some really good ones arriving any day now at the Farm Shop.

And don't forget to collect your stamps on our coffee reward card to earn your free cup of coffee or tea! 
 

OUR CIDER RANGE IS CURATED BY THE FINE CIDER COMPANY

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We are excited to now be collaborating with The Fine Cider Company, who are now fully curating our range of cider here at the Farm Shop. Felix Nash and his team source and supply the finest cider they can find, hoping to show the wider world these undiscovered things. The role of the ‘cider merchant’ was once an accustomed thing, particularly through the heyday of cider and perry in the 17th & 18th centuries. Today The Fine Cider Company supplies some of the best restaurants in London, from the emerging to the iconic, such as Lyle’s, The Clove Club, The Marksman & Fera at Claridges. And now add to that list the Hawarden Estate Farm Shop. Head to the food hall and try some of they ciders The Fine Cider Company has selected.

Photo: Jonathan Cherry