A guide to choosing your Turkey!

Phil, our head Butcher here at Lobbs Farm Shop has compiled a concise guide as to where the turkeys we sell for Christmas come from. It may be helpful in which turkey you may choose for that all important dinner! As a starting point for what weight to go for and how many it will feed, a 10lb bird will feed 4-5 people with some meat left over for Boxing Day. The great thing about buying a turkey from Lobbs or any other local butchery counter for that matter, is you can ask advice and have your turkey prepared how you wish.

  • Fernley Banbury and his son Richard rear turkeys on their traditional family farm outside Padstow. They produce around 2,000 turkeys and poultry each Christmas. They are predominantly white barn reared turkeys. White refers to the colour of the feathers.
  • South Torfrey Farm near Fowey : Their Organic poultry are housed in small wooden arks and are bedded daily on home grown straw. They are free to graze on the clover rich pastures in fields overlooking the Fowey River. They are dry-plucked on the farm and are hung for up to 2 weeks in a cold room for premium eating quality. Then hand-trussed with string and packed with giblets ready for the oven.
  • John Stacey and son Andrew farm at Widegates near Looe. A truly mixed family farm with vegetables, beef, pork, lamb as well as poultry. The day old chicks are purchased from Kelly Poultry, widely thought to be the best quality birds. All of John Stacey’s turkeys are free range bronze turkeys. Bronze refers to the colour of the feathers (as per the photo as the header of this post!)
  • This year we are introducing a new range of of budget turkeys (not budgies, as Phil helpfully points out!) They are Norfolk white birds, barn reared and start retailing at £6.98/kg or £3.16lb which is great deal!

You can order your turkey from us via our website www.lobbsfarmshop.com  The last day for Christmas internet orders is 4.30pm Sunday 16th December any later than this and we cannot guarantee availability or delivery. The last day for delivery will be on Wednesday, 19th December. You can contact our butchery department on 01726 844411 if you would like any advice when ordering.

Photos from the Farm – A muddy Autumn

Barley Seeds ready for planting

A photographic update from Kestle Farm, highlighting once again the terrible weather conditions that we’re facing, along with many other farmers across the UK, Europe and the US. We were hoping for a drier Autumn but it hasn’t happened and the deluge of rain has continued, making it tough for planting new crops. A hard year for everyone.

Fertilizer ready to go but we’re unable to plant anything due to poor conditions

and here’s the conditions we’re up against…Mud!! Not good for planting anything…

Richard Lobb out feeding the ewes. Lambing is due to start soon…

Cattle are currently being kept inside due to adverse conditions, the rain has been pretty relentless

Richard out in the jeep checking up on things under a very dark sky!

on the upside, the savoys growing out in the veg field are looking pretty good!

lovely colours in the veg field, sprouts, kale & savoys amongst others

the cold wet conditions have hit the swede crop hard, lots of poor specimins

Richard out checking up on things in the veg field. Usually a lovely view from here today it has disappeared in the drizzle

Beautiful french partridge have been reared on the farm

here’s Ian Lobb, leading a group of students out in the field. The weather’s never to bad for education!

Taster Day 1st September

On Saturday 1st September we’ll be having a Taster Day here at Lobbs Farm Shop, starting at 11.00am until about 5.00pm. There’ll be some delicious samples of Westcountry produce for you to try from Cherry Tree chutneys & jams, Cornish Orchards cider, Cottage Delight marinades & nibbles, Halzephron Herb Farm dressings & sauces, Roskilly’s ice cream, Skinners beer and Whalesborough Cornish cheese. Just a few to be going on with! We’ll also be cooking up some of our own sausages which are made here on the premises and are bloomin’ lovely!

If you would like more information do give us a ring on 01726 844411


We’re having a Photo Competition!

We are looking for some photographs of our beautiful part of Cornwall to print in our 2013 Lobbs Farm Shop Calendar. We would like to invite all our customers to take part and submit a photograph to us before the 12th October 2012

Lobbs Farm Shop will donate £50 for each of the 12 winning photographs to a charity of your choice.

The calendar is given to customers with Christmas orders and are also for suggested donation of £2 each to Mount Edgcumbe Hospice.

There are 3 categories that you can interpret how you wish: 

a) Landscape b) Picnic (using some lovely local produce) c) Cornish Fun!

We will select 12 images for the calendar. Your photo will also be on display in the Countryside Barn from the 13th – 19th October

A few rules for competition entry: 1. Please submit your photo as a print & a JPEG file dropped into Lobbs Farm Shop or posted to the address below. JPEGS can be sent via email if you wish. 2. Please do not send original prints or negatives. 3. Open to amateur & professional photographers. 4. Please make sure any people in the photographs have given their permission for their portrayal in this medium 5. Please submit your photo with a title and where in our area it was taken. 6. Also give your name, address & contact number with your photo

You can submit your entry to lobbsfarmshop@btconnect.com
Or you can post it or drop it into the farm shop on a cd! Our address is Lobbs Farm Shop, Heligan, St Ewe, Cornwall PL26 6PN.

Here’s the map of what we consider to be ‘our patch’! There’s some stunning views to be had in this area, so get out there with your camera and get some cracking shots!

April Showers

There’s been some fairly hefty showers around, laden with raindrops and hail stones. It made for some atmospheric shots one evening last week at Kestle farm. The logo tree field is currently planted with potatoes under those huge furrows. The clear north westerly air provided lovely views north to the clay district, otherwise known as the Cornish Alps! And yes, I did get splattered with chilly rain whilst out in the field…

Coffee Morning at Lobbs Farm Shop- 11th Feb

Just to let you all know that there’s a coffee morning here at Lobbs Farm Shop on Saturday 11th February. It starts at 10am and will run until around 2pm. Delicious homemade cakes and savouries will be available for you to eat or buy to take home. There will be a raffle and we’ll also be joined by Elaine & Marilyn who’ll be selling their locally made cards and gifts. The coffee morning is being held in aid of Cornwall Hospice Care so do come along and support it if you can!


Heligan Gardens on Google Street View

How cool is this? You can now have a virtual wander around Heligan on Google Street View! It’s a bit limited as to where you can go but what is there is looking good, they definitely chose a beautiful day for it! Point your mouse over to Google and type in PL26 6EN and go from there.

Here’s the productive gardens:

Merry Christmas!

Wishing all our customers and readers a very peaceful and lovely Christmas.

Featured Recipe: Sausage & Bacon wraps with sage & honey

A twist on the traditional pigs in blankets, simple to make & very tasty!

Sausage & Bacon Wraps with Sage & Honey

  • 12 rashers of streaky bacon – rind removed
  • 24 Lobbs chipolatas
  • 24 small sage leaves
  • 5 tbspn Glebe Farm clear honey

Preheat the oven to 190°C/fan 170°F/Gas 5.  Cut each bacon rasher in half length ways.  Roll up the sausages in the bacon with a small sage leaf tucked in each.  **Secure with cocktail sticks if you like & arrange in a large shallow tin. Drizzle with the honey.

Cook for 35-40 mins. Turn once or twice to brown evenly all over.  Remove the cocktail sticks before serving, if using.

Christmas Opening Times 2012

Here’s the opening times for Lobbs Farm Shop over the Christmas & New Year period. Hit the print button at the bottom of the post if you want a proper copy you can doodle on!

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