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Hello from Spring Barn

Wednesday 26 June 2013

You may have noticed our Maize Maze field this year (or lack thereof), freshly ploughed and ready for something different! Having planted maize in the same field every year for the last ten years, with a slow growing crop the last couple of years, it is time for a bit of rotation! We have decided to plant a giant pumpkin patch, not only as a bit of a spectacle for our customers to enjoy, but for our first Pumpkin Festival in October! Exciting stuff - more updates on that to follow over the next couple of months!

New daily events are to be added to our Summer ‘Farmyard Fun in the Sun’ activities for farm park customers. The new chicken shed is up; we are just awaiting the arrival of our lovely ladies and, once they start laying, we will be asking our visitors to help with the egg collecting! A bit of fun, and also an insight for our younger visitors into where their food comes from. The ponies will also be making an appearance with a daily ‘Ponytime’, which could include pony lunging displays, grooming and demonstrations or info talks. And, of course, our regular ‘Meet the animals’ and tractor and trailer rides (weather permitting).

For those of you who like walking or cycling, why not take part in this year’s Bike4Hospices. Be one of the 500 taking part in the challenge, choose from two sponsored rides along the beautiful South Downs: 25 miles (Steyning to Goodwood Racecourse - Route 2) or 42 miles departing from Spring Barn Farm (Lewes to Goodwood Racecourse - Route 1). Or even just come along and cheer them on - all for a fantastic cause, raising money for four Sussex Hospices. For those of you that prefer to walk, there are also sponsored hikes: check out the website for more details.

We hope as many of you as possible will join us for the Grand Opening of the new foot/cycle path on 13th September, outside the front of our farm shop, 2–4pm! Norman Baker will be officially opening the path, and Mayor Ruth O’Keefe will also be here! Sustrans and the South Downs National Park Rangers will be represented, and the local schools will be here (and will be keen to have a go on the path!). Mr Bike, the fix it man, will be on hand, and we are hoping for an appearance from the musical bike man!

And, finally, a mention for some of our fantastic new local products in the shop. We now have a range of smoked fish from the Weald Smokery - simply the best smoked and hot smoked salmon, smoked haddock, mackerel, and Craster kippers. And then, for those of you with a sweet tooth, try handmade Cookie Dough, from Delect, Newark. Containing only natural ingredients, in a choice of flavours (dark or milk Belgian chocolate, chocolate and ginger) they make home baking easy, simply slice into rounds and pop them in the oven for ten minutes. We love them! We have also increased our range of beers from the Long Man Brewery: choose from American Pale Ale, Long Blonde, and Best Bitter.

See you soon.

Louise, Mike and Tom and the SBF team