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gooseberries on bush

Gooseberries 13/6/2018

The first gooseberries are ripe. I have summer pruned all the bushes in front of the shop to make picking easier, but it is still a prickly business.

asparagus growing

Asparagus 11/5/2018

The rate of growth of asparagus is directly proportional to the temperature. It is not surprising it has started late this year! It is here now, and the season does not last very long, so make the best of it.

Merguez Sausages 7/5/18

Merguez are a spicy sausage, originally from North Africa but common now in France. We make both a beef and a lamb version. Spicy may make you think chilli: they do have chilli in them but, as you can see, a whole range of spices. When I was making a batch yesterday I thought it looked so pretty I had to take a photo.

Wild Garlic Sausages 29/3/18

Slightly delayed by the snow, wild garlic is now ready to pick. We will be making our favourite wild garlic sausage for as long as the season lasts.

Cheese 19/2/18

Take a tour round the West Country in cheese! With the exception of a bit of Stilton at Christmas, all our cheeses come from the West Country. Our definition of West Country does take in Hampshire and Berkshire, but they are not very far away and it would be a shame to miss out on some excellent cheese.

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Game Season Nick 24/1/18

The game season is nearly over, so catch some before it is gone!

Merry Christmas & a Happy New YearNick 24/12/17

We will be closed from 1.00 p.m. on Christmas Eve until 9.00 a.m. Wednesday 10th January. We look forward to seeing you in the New Year.

ChristmasNick 31/10/17

We are now taking orders for Christmas. Our very free range poultry comes from Wooley Park Farm to supplement our normal quality meat range. As ever the beef cattle only have so much fillet and rib, so it is first come first serve. I would also advise ordering venison early as we never know what the stalkers will manage to shoot. If we have a spell of foul weather the deer retreat to the deepest thickets (and I suspect the stalkers stay in their warm beds).

Pick up an order form in the shop or download here.

Apple Day UpdateNick 19/10/17

Due to the predicted gale, we will not be doing tastings outside on Apple Day on Saturday 21th October. This has been a good year for top fruit. We have 15 varieties of apples.

If the weather is better on Sunday, we will offer tastings of cider, cheese and pickles.

Cottage Delight TastingNick 19/8/17

Cottage Delight will be giving tastings of their range of preserves, including their award winning passionfruit and mango curd. They will be here from 12.30 to 5.00 on Friday 25th of August.

Untreated Cream from HurdlebrookNick 1/7/17

As untreated and live culture products seem to be becoming fashionable, this is a reminder that we stock Hurdlebrook's fantastic products. There untreated cream has an amazing flavour and texture. The live yoghurt is really rich and creamy. Glossy magazines may be catching up, but our customers have been enjoying them for years.

New Supplier: Cottage DelightNick 25/5/17

We have a new range of preserves from Cottage Delight, including their award winning lemon cheese.

Dorset PimpsNick 12/5/17

If you need to light Dorset charcoal for a barbecue, get a Dorset pimp to do it for you.

No, this is not a side line of the sex trade. Dorset coppice workers have always made pimps, small bundles of birch twigs and split sticks just the right size to light a fire. These are then tied up into bigger bundles for sale. We are selling them individually and in bundles of a "baker's dozen" (13).

The birch is being cut to maintain open heathland, home of rare birds such as the Dartford Warbler and Nightjar, and all six native reptiles.

Tasting Day Saturday 22 AprilNick 15/4/17

We will have tastings of new Cottage Delight chutneys and breadsticks, local cheddars and cider.

We have made 40 Kg of wild garlic sausages in the last three days. They seem popular!

Dorset Spice Shed Nick 17/3/17

We have a new range of spice mixes from the Dorset Spice Shed, each with a recipe on the back. They are great for a new tasty meal when you are running out of ideas.

Happy New Year Nick 7/1/17

"Eat Fat and Lose Weight" is a headline in the Financial Times today. Try our belly pork recipe!

apples in basket

Apple Day, Saturday 22nd October
Nick 18/10/2016

Apple Day is here again. Over 20 varieties of English apples and pears from Charlton Orchards and Gasper Mill Garden. We will be joined by Russ from Rich's cider, Tracklements, The Bay Tree Company and Longman's cheese, offering samples of their finest wares between 10 and 4.

The Shop is open as normal from 9 to 5.30.

cows coming from milking

Dorset Dairy TastingNick 4/10/2016

Dorset Dairy will be offering tastings of their Whole Milk Dorset Strained Yoghurt and Fat Free Dorset Strained Yoghurt this Saturday 8th October. It is "Greek style" with a thick creamy texture packed with dairy goodness , which tastes delicious. They have been shortlisted for Best Dairy Producer in the 2016 Taste of Dorset Awards.

Belly PorkNick 13/6/2016

I have just cooked this again. How can something be so delicious for so little effort? See our recipe.

wild garlic

They are back!Nick 1/4/2016

It is wild garlic season again, so we are out picking as much as possible to keep up the supply of wild garlic sausages. If you have not tried them, do. The leaves give a wonderful flavour, but hurry as it is a short season.

frosty path

CoffeeNick 4/3/2016

We still have the winter weather (some snow today) and now have real coffee to take away, as well as tea and hot chocolate. It so nice that we have to ration ourselves or we develop a cafeine twitch by the end of the day!

frosty path

Hot DrinksNick 17/1/2016

To warm you up now that we finally have some real winter weather, we are serving hot drinks to take away. There is a choices of teas. Coffee is instant at the moment, while we investigate the best coffee machine for us.

breast of lamb

RecipeNick 10/12/2015

Try this fantastic recipe for breast of lamb.

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Alan Power on Radio 4's PM programme
Nick 28/10/2015

Once again Alan has given a lyrical description of the autumn colours at Stourhead on BBC Radio 4's PM programme. Alan reckons that this year is as good as 2008, when he first spoke on PM, and I have to agree. Read more on Alan's twitter thing.

apples in basket

Apple Day, Saturday 24th October
Nick 20/10/2015

Apple Day is here again. Over 20 varieties of English apples and pears from Charlton Orchards, Stourhead Walled Garden and Gasper Mill Garden. We will be joined by Russ from Rich's cider, Pilton Champagne Cider, The Bay Tree Company and Longman's cheese, offering samples of their finest wares between 10 and 4.

The Shop is open as normal from 9 to 5.30.

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WARNING - Fake Website Nick 19/10/2015

A fraudulent website has been set up purporting to be Stourhead Farm Shop. It uses a domain name we had in the past, stourhead-farm-shop.co.uk and purports to sell a range of vaguely farm shop type products. Do not try and buy from them, you will lose your money. The only contact information is the address of a grubby office building in north London. It is probably operated from abroad, as it is extremely slow (as though it is following a series of links) and they cannot spell "categories"!

We are investigating what can be done to close it down.

apples

New Season's Apples Nick 24/9/2015

The season is well under way, and we already have half a dozen varieties. It has been quite a good year for top fruit, so we hope to have dozens of varieties for our Apple Day on 24th October.

cheese

Old Winchester Nick 21/7/2015

If you have not yet tasted Old Winchester, you must. Aged for 30 months, it has masses of flavour. It is delicious to nibble with a glass of red wine, but can also be grated like Parmesan. At this time of year it is perfect scattered over a crispy green salad.

cider bottles

Rich's Cider Nick 15/5/2015

We have three new vintage, single variety ciders from Rich,s. From 2012 is Yarlington, a tawny medium bodied cider. Dunkerton's and Lambrook Pippin from 2013 are both golden, Dunkerton's being slightly drier, Lambrook Pippin more aromatic.

asparagus growing

Asparagus Nick 24/4/2015

The season does not last very long, so make the best of it.

wild garlic growing

Wild Garlic Sausages Nick 14/4/2015

These are popular: we have been selling enormous quantities. We have just received the following email:

Just to let you know that I purchased the wild garlic sausages this Friday and they are the best sausages I have ever tasted. I always buy very good quality sausages from my local butchers so I am use to being spoilt with properly made high quality sausages, and your wild garlic sausages topped them all. I will definitely be returning for more when I'm visiting around the Stourhead area.

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10 Year Party Nick 14/4/2015

The shop will be ten years old in April. We will be celebrating from Friday 17th to Sunday 19th. Over the three days we will be tastings cheess, pickles, cakes, tea, beer.... On Friday Reece will give a demonstration of the noble art of sausage making at 12 noon and 3 p.m.. Steve and Louise will be hosting a farm visit at 3 p.m on Saturday at Coldcot Farm (booking not required).

On Sunday we will be giving tastings of our full range of ciders, to celebrate our new orchard planted behind the shop.

wild garlic growing

Wild Garlic Sausages Nick 1/4/2015

It has been a late spring, but finally the wild garlic is ready to use in sausages. Wild garlic, Allium ursinum, is a wild relative of the chive and is also known as ramsons. The edible part is the broad leaves, which have a strong garlic flavour. It grows under dense deciduous tree cover, taking advantage of the spring sun before the canopy comes into leaf.

We only produce wild garlic sausages during the short season, so make the most of them. For the rest of the year you can still get the taste of it wrapped around the Wild Garlic Yarg in the cheese counter.

10 Years! Nick 11/2/2015

The shop will be ten years old in April. We will be celebrating from Friday 17th to Sunday 19th. Over the three days we will be welcoming those of our dedicated suppliers who have been with us from the beginning, and who will be giving tastings. On Friday Reece will give a demonstration of the noble art of sausage making. Steve and Louise will be hosting a farm visit on Saturday. I will confirm times nearer the event.

As well as remembering the last ten years, we are looking forward: we have just signed a new ten year lease with the National Trust. With the long term in mind, we have planted a new orchard behind the shop. On Sunday we will launch that in some way. I am not exactly sure how you celebrate a new orchard. Drink cider perhaps?

Haggis, neeps and tatties

Burns' Night 25th JanuaryNick 15/1/2015

We have McSween's famous haggis in for Burns' Night. Buy now, because when it is gone, it is gone.

Christmas / New Year Opening Nick 12/12/2014

We wish you all verY happy eating over Christmas. We will close at 1 p.m. on Christmas Eve and do not re-open until Thursday 8th January. In the New Year we will be open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m..

Christmas Nick 11/10/2014

Once again we will be selling fantastic free range turkeys, geese and other poultry from Russell Candy's farm near Trowbridge. Let us have your order form before Monday 15th December, and pick up from the shop on the day of your choice. If you want a rib of beef, order early!

Bath Blue Nick 21/11/2014

Bath Blue has just been named World Champion Cheese for 2014. It is a Stilton style cheese, but creamier with a wonderful smooth flavour. Taste it here to see if you agree with the judges.

Power Cut Nick 13/9/2014

We had a bit of excitement on Tuesday, when the electricity transformer hidden in trees opposite the shop blew up spectacularly. Flames went thirty feet into the air, and Stourton and the surrounding area were plunged into darkness. However with the kind loan of a generator from one of our deer stalkers, and Scottish and Southern Electricity working through the night, we were open as usual the next day.

We and the National Trust are still being powered by a wonderfully quiet generator provided by SSE, but it is business as usual.

Nigel Ings

Nigel Ings Nick 25/8/2014

We are very sad to announce the death of Nigel Ings, our butcher here for the last five years. He was much loved by both staff and customers. His cheerful presence will be greatly missed. The shop will be closed on the day of his funeral, Friday 29th August.

Good Grass Nick 16/8/2014

Warm and damp weather has made the grass grow well, and Steve's cattle are very happy out at Heath Hill. The traditional pasture there is a Site of Special Scientific Interest for the wealth of wild flowers. The orchids this year were spectacular..

waffles and strawberries

Stourton Strawberries Nick 15/6/2014

Ian is supplying us with his wonderful starawberries again. We have found that they go very well with the waffles that we have recently started stocking. Try for yourself.

wild garlic growing

Wild Garlic Sausages Nick 3/4/2014

It is wild garlic season. Wild garlic, Allium ursinum, is a wild relative of the chive and is also known as ramsons. The edible part is the broad leaves, which have a strong garlic flavour. It grows under dense deciduous tree cover, taking advantage of the spring sun before the canopy comes into leaf. It makes damn fine sausages.

We only produce wild garlic sausages during the short season, so make the most of them. For the rest of the year you can still get the taste of it wrapped around the Wild Garlic Yarg in the cheese counter.

roe deer

Venison Nick 9/1/2014

If you think that you do not like venison, you may be surprised by our the meat from our wild roe deer. Roe venison is very tender, and so does not need long hanging and does not have a strong "gamey" taste. It is very lean, perfect for a low fat New Year treat. Some recipes recommend marinading venison: don't! Fry steaks quickly over a high heat, roast joints quickly in a hot oven, and serve fairly pink.

The deer population in Britain is higher now than at any time since the last Ice Age. Over-browsing by deer is one of the greatest ecological threats to many of our woodlands. Our stalkers did very well over the Christmas break, so we have lots of venison in the shop. Come and do your bit to control deer numbers!

geese in field

Christmas Nick 13/10/2013

Once again we will be selling fantastic free range turkeys, geese and other poultry from Russell Candy's farm near Trowbridge. Let us have your order form before Thursday 12th December, and pick up from the shop on the day of your choice. You can order any of our usual beef, pork, lamb or venison joints, as well as anything else you will need. If you do want a beef joint, it is "first come first served", so don't delay.

apples in basket

Apple Day, Saturday 26th October
Nick 2/10/2013

We will be giving free tastings of cider, cheese, pickles and lots of apple varieties all day. There will be a pork roast with apple sauce at lunchtime.

Fruit & Veg Nick 17/7/2013

We are nearly at the end of the asparagus, but the good news is that we are getting some really nice, interesting fruit and vegetables grown by John Rowswell at Barrington: Cherries, apricots, broad beans, new potatoes etc..

Doh! a deer Sara 28/3/2013

The doe season ends next week, so the deer brought in today will probably be the last one for some time. Fresh venison in the shop this weekend.

Snow Nick 18/1/2013

I am afraid we will be closed today, Friday 18 January, but will be open normally tomorrow..

Farmhouse Breakfast WeekNick 15/1/2013

It is Farmhouse Breakfast Week from the 19th of January. If you don't usually have a cooked breakfast, this is the time to treat yourself. Next week will be very cold, a protein rich breakfast is what you need. Eskimos do not eat meusli!

We will be offering a special breakfast platter, witha great deal on ketchup and brown sauce to go with it. To keep your vitamen C levels up, there is 20% off Somerset Orchard Apple Juice.

New Year Nick 1/1/2013

Happy New Year. We re-open on Friday 4th January.

Christmas Nick 1/12/2012

Once again we will be selling fantastic free range turkeys, geese and other poultry from Russell Candy's farm near Trowbridge. Let us have your order form before Friday 14th December, and pick up from the shop on the day of your choice.

Apple Day Thanks Nick 1/11/2012

Thank you to all who came to our Apple Day, it was a huge success. The cider tasting was interesting: anyone who tasted Black Rat bought some. Up to now sales had been fairly slow. Perhaps the name scares off some people. It shouldn't as it is wonderful. The pork shoulder roast was very popular, particularly with the cook (me) as it is very easy to do. We did a whole shoulder on the bone, but we can cut you a smaller bit to do this at home. Just leave it in the oven on low for 12 hours and all the fat melts out and the meat turns into a rich, tender confit.

Apple Day, Saturday 27th October Sara 10/9/2012

We will be giving free tastings of apple juice, cider, sausages, cheese and lots of apple varieties all day. There will be a pork roast with apple sauce at lunchtime.