The Lymefield Review of 2015
As the end of a very busy December and a very busy year draws near, I thought it might be good to have a look back on how 2015 unfolded here at Lymefield!
January 2015 began like any other. A tidy up of the remnants of December (mostly pine needles in places where they ought not to be) and a good think about what we wanted to achieve in the year ahead.
To warm up the colder months of January and February we created a Winter Warmer menu in our Tea Rooms, and gave away a free meal via our Facebook. Our dog Jip can be seen above choosing the winner completely at random.
It wouldn’t be an English winter without at least a sprinkling of snow but thankfully that was as much as we got here in Broadbottom. We cleared up the roads, broke out the rock salt and stocked up the Winter Fuels. Business as usual!
A Valentine’s Bistro Evening featuring our very own farm-reared Lamb helped to kick the year in to gear. You can expect the return of our Bistro Evenings throughout 2016 too.
The RSPB Big Garden Birdwatch brought about a chance for us all to look a little more closely at the wonderful wildlife which graces our gardens here in Great Britain. I also wrote a piece on attracting the only sort of birds that I know how to attract (the flying, feathered ones) entitled Looking After Birds In Your Garden.
The month of March brought about the arrival of the newest member of our family. She was immediately lumped in to a Facebook post which also promoted our Meat For The Week boxes (picture below) which can be found in our Butchery department in the Farm Shop. Now at 9 months old, little Orla is completely used to this sort of shameless usage for marketing purposes and has already sold her first Christmas tree.
The month of April saw us hosting a ‘Best of British’ Bistro Night. It was also a month for looking towards the growing season. Soil was enriched with manure and Seed Potatoes were planted. Lots of people bought seeds, seed trays, dibbers and compost. The cold weather continued though, and delayed the growing season by a few weeks at least.
New season perennials with optimistic flowers arrived to inject some vibrancy and colour to the gardens of the area. We also stocked up on new terracotta pots and compost.
After waiting for what felt like an eternity for the cold weather to finally subside, we welcomed summer bedding plants and our famous hanging baskets in to the glasshouse in May. Even though the summer season was late to begin, it did not end any later than usual, making it quite short overall.
June saw us host a Summer Bistro Evening (above) and our village of Broadbottom hosted some other fantastic events. As usual we had the Scarecrow Competition (our entry below), but there were also some other great community-driven activities including a duck race down the nearby River Etherow, which saw a great turnout and plenty of fun being had by all.
One of the highlights of July for us was having a stall at Charlesworth & Chisworth Carnival for the second year in a row. The weather held out and hundreds of visitors ensured that all of the homemade food we had taken to sell was gone all too quickly!
A beautiful late-summer’s evening played host to the August Bistro Night.
August was also the first month when we began to stock our organically-sourced fruit and vegetables, as well as beginning to provide veg boxes.
Spring Bulbs arrived – thousands of them! There were Daffodils, Tulips, Hyacinths, Onions and much more. It’s always good to buy your bulbs early to get the best selection. Soil preparation can also be undertaken around this time, ready for planting to begin.
The wooden windmill also made it’s much-anticipated return.
I climbed in to a basket.
My dad pointed at a sign.
(Displaying at Hayfield Country Show for the first time and meeting lots of lovely new faces).
We were nominated for the Farm Shop & Deli Awards 2016. Lots of people voted for us online and via voting form in the shop. Thank you to all of those who voted, we were overwhelmed by the support and kind feedback which was given in the voting process! We will find out the winners of the awards soon. Fingers crossed for that one.
The now famous annual Lymefield Steak Night was a huge success in October.
A wave of Winter Shrubs arrived in the Garden Centre, adorned with buds and berries aplenty.
November had a beautiful bright start, with a cool low mist.
The best view was from here on the outside seating area of Lymefield Tea Room.
By far the biggest event of November was our first ever Food Festival. Although we hosted the event primarily to display the many facets of our ever-growing Farm Shop and Tea Rooms, we also welcomed guests along to display their wares including Howard Town Brewery, Thornbridge Brewery, Marple Wine Club and many others. We had the local ladies who produce our very local honey, a brass band playing Christmas favourites, and a barbecue!
The event also took place on the same day that our village hosted yet another great event – the Incredibly Crafty Christmas Market.
Just in time for the last weekend of November, our freshly cut Christmas Trees arrived!
As usual, outside became a temporary Christmas tree forest!
Real Christmas trees purchased from Lymefield began to spring up in houses all over the Glossop, Hyde, Marple and Manchester areas. Some were so big that they outgrew their lights!
The Lymefield Farm Shop and Butcher’s Counter were busier than ever picking and preparing Christmas orders. Fresh turkeys, joints of beef for roasting, huge amounts of cheese, wine and many of our other fine foods and meats left the Farm Shop in time for Christmas.
Last but not least – If you were short on a bit of Christmas spirit, the opening of the New Street Christmas Window in our village will have done enough to instill some cheer in to everyone. Created by Dick Longdin in aid of the Christie hospital, the festive window has become an annual Broadbottom tradition. The grand opening was accompanied by some homemade Lymefield mince pies, and a large audience in attendance witnessed a wonderful fireworks display! You can see more of the window and visit the donation page on the New Street Christmas Window Facebook Page.
Thank you to everyone who has made this year one of the most memorable so far. We are already excited for what is to come in 2016. Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year from everybody at Lymefield!