This month, in celebration of the 6 Nations Rugby Tournament we'll be serving up Welsh Dragon sausages, and other delicious flavoured home-made sausages from the other 5 competing nations. So keep your eye on the fixtures from 3rd Feburary - 17th March, and head to our butchery to try all the different flavours.
We pride ourselves on the quality of our coffee across our businesses, and for that reason we like to shout about it whenever possible. At the Farm Shop and our Cafe + General Store in Broughton we serve Allpress Coffee.
Allpress is a small company that was founded in New Zealand in 1986 and is widely regarded as one of the finest small batch producers anywhere in the world. Our baristas have been highly trained by Allpress’s London team to make the perfect coffee, and our Cafe + General Store is fast earning a reputation for the best coffee around in Broughton.
At The Glynne Arms we are excited to now serve the excellent Devon Roast coffee, and similarly, our bar staff are trained to serve you the best cappuccinos and lattes - in fact whichever coffee you like.
If you haven't already done so, pick up one of our coffee reward cards; buy any nine cups of coffee (or tea) and we'll give you a stamp on your card each time, and you'll get the tenth cup for free. And the best bit is that you can use this card across all our businesses.
Temperatures are dropping, and as we start to light our fires, we want to let you know that we supply Hawarden Estate grown logs -hard wood, soft wood and kindling- which you can pick up from the Farm Shop, or can be delivered to your door by the van load. Please as a member of our team for details.
What's the difference between hard and soft wood? Hardwood fundamentally comes from trees that lose their leaves in the winter, so trees such as Oak, Ash, Beech etc. They are slow growing (80-100 years to maturity) and therefore provide a dense timber, which burns more slowly than softwood. Hardwood also has lower sap levels, so less resin gets deposited up the chimney. In contrast softwood comes from evergreen trees and grows much faster maturing in 25-30 years and the timber is therefore less dense. Trees include Pine, Larch, Spruce and Douglas Fir etc. It burns much more quickly than hardwood, you might need twice as much by volume as hardwood, however, it dries twice as quickly and is perfect for wood burning stoves as it heats them up very quickly, increases ‘draw’ and reduces smoke.
How much firewood do you need?
Always a difficult one, and depends on so many factors such as size of room, house insulation, stove efficiency and the way you use it, but as a rule of thumb I would work on about 3 - 4 m3 per annum. That's based on using it most evenings and weekends from October to April.
How to store
We cut the logs for you into short lengths - and most importantly split them to increase the surface area and speed up drying. Now it's over to you, and we recommend that you store the logs stacked neatly under cover and in a store which allows maximum airflow from all sides and ideally with the logs off the ground. Putting a sheet over your stack of logs is not ideal as it does not allow sufficient airflow across the top of the logs.
Where to store your logs
This is often not thought through. It is vital you consider both aspects of operations - i.e. where is the most convenient point for delivery, nice and handy to the store and where is the best place for taking logs into the house.
Step into the New Year with a good, sharp set of kitchen knives! Our butchers have an excellent sharpening machine, and we're offering sharpening services free of charge for all those cooks in need. Just drop your knives in and order your coffee whilst we get them back into shape for you.
Our Farm Shop Hampers make fantastic Christmas presents, and can be tailored to the recipient so that they include all their favourites. Here's how they work:
- Pick anything from the shop.
- Pick your hamper from small (£3), medium (£4) or large (£5).
- Pay for your items.
- We'll pack it for you BEAUTIFULLY!
Instagram is a year-round source of inspiration for us at the Farm Shop, and Autumn might be our favourite season with all the photos of pumpkins, pies, preserving and of course the changing leaves. Here are 12 of our favourite accounts to follow at this time of year. Find us on IG @hawardenestatefarmshop and let us know who your favourites are.
Co-author of the DO Preserve book, food writer Anja's feed is full of Autumnal food inspiration and a excellent collection of earthenware.
Chef Anna Jones has just published her latest book A Modern Cook's Year, and it's helpfully divided into six seasaons. She also writes for The Guardian food column.
Alice Saunders lives in Boston, MA and makes bags. Her IG feed is also full of dogs, cabins and trees. It will make you want to book a holiday.
Mabli knits are designed in Wales and were in the Market Place at this year's Good Life Experience. 100% Merino wool, they are just what your children need for Autumn.
This account is curated by a pair of sisters, Lex and Tee, who love Autumn. There is some solid pumpkin representation.
Keiley McKean combines all things pumpkin and halloween with her seriously cute children. And all their names begin with K. We're wondering if she's any relation to the Kardashians.
Edinburgh based writer and photographer Rosie describes herself as a seasonal, homemade and vintage lover. We love her IG flat lays.
Photographer Ali Dover's feed is full amazing Autumnal light and wonderful photos.
We love this account which showcases the best photographers from all over Wales, especially at this time of year as the leaves are turning.
Because outdoor swimming is for all year round.
Photographer and writer Sara Tasker spoke brilliantly on iphonography at The Good Life Experience this year. There is something a bit magical about her feed and we love seasonal changing of colours on her grid.
This is where we want to be right now; hunkered down in a cabin in the woods, with the wood burning stove going. It's good to have goals.
Photo by Anja Dunk @cocoinmykitchen
We're now stocking a great range of pans by Shropshire based Netherton Foundr at the Farm Shop. Netherton Foundry work with experienced local craftsmen to make both cast iron and spun iron cookware here in Britain. Their large casserole bowls, tagines and garden hobs are made of cast iron, while their frying pans and saucepans are spun iron.
Netherton's spun Iron is around 35% lighter than a similar sized cast iron pan but with similar cooking characteristics. So the major advantage over cast iron is weight, making their pans handy for outdoor use. Spun iron also copes with induction hobs better, with no risk of cracking, and both are great on flames.
All of Netherton Foundry's cookware is pre-seasoned before dispatch. They season with British grown flax oil (edible linseed), which gives a hard black non stick finish and only gets better with use. These pans are a brilliant Christmas present for keen cooks, so stop by and have a look.