We’ve launched Reliquum London Dry Gin which uses an eau de vie made from apples grown in the farm’s orchards which would otherwise go to waste. Botanicals include Calamondin an unusual citrus fruit which is also grown on the farm. As well as two other spirits Reliquum Plum and Reliquum Apricot which are made with tree-ripened fruit that would otherwise go to waste.
Our Topaz and Evelina Apple Juice has won three stars in the renowned Great Taste Awards 2018 announced on 1 August. Two other Cotchel juices won one star. This is the third consecutive year that we have achieved Great Taste Awards for our apple juice.
Pete reflects on the impact of the summer drought, dryer than 1976 on the farm, fruit, vegetables and wildlife.
Today was a perfect day for pruning, although our team have been out every day for the past two months, in bitter cold, wind, rain, and sleet and there's still much more to do. Pete Thompson reflects on their modern orchard pruning techniques.
Cotchel, our brand of apple juice made with apples from our farm that are too big, too small or too ugly to sell, launches in Chelmsford Star Cooperatives on Friday 1 December. Read more >
Pete Thompson discovers a new family of otters, as well as barn owls, little owls and badgers on a successful afternoon's exploration of the farm with his young sons.
Pete Thompson tells the story of how his grandfather, George Thompson's advice to daydream, led him to start growing figs at the farm in Essex.