Busy month for Castleton farm group

from Marske having a family day out at The Hayshed Experiance in Commondale. Picture Kathryn Bulmer.
from Marske having a family day out at The Hayshed Experiance in Commondale. Picture Kathryn Bulmer.

September has been a busy month for us at the Hayshed, with market stalls, shows and planning for a number of upcoming events.

We had a stall at Eskdale Mini market raising £70, and we attended Castleton Show.

Despite the wet weather at Castleton Show we had a good day, winning three prizes along the way.

The trainees’ white bread loaf won first to follow up the first they won at Danby Show with the bread. We also won first with our rhubarb and swedes.

Very well done to all the trainees that helped on the day and to those who helped grow and make the exhibits.

On a personal note, I had the pleasure of meeting the chief executive of Claas UK tractors earlier in the month. This was part of the Farm Manager of the Year awards.

He was very kind and donated us a 1:33 replica model of a Claas tractor. This has become our Hayshed mascot, and Matthew, one of our trainees, is busy making a ‘garage’ to park the mascot in.

I have started working towards organizing our annual Christmas Fair. This year it will be held on Sunday December 6 here at Fowl Green Farm, 11am-3pm.

As well as Hayshed stalls selling Christmas plants, Christmas trees, cakes, Christmas decorations and much more we are having some guest stalls.

Sophie Wilson, Little Bird, Commondale Wool Workshop are confirmed so far. If you are interested in holding a stall at our fair please get in touch with myself.

We will be serving hot food on the day so come along hungry. I do believe Santa may also be making an entrance at some point in the day!

We’ll be selling produce at the Esk Valley Mini Market on Saturday October 10 in Danby Village Hall, 10am-3pm. We’re also supporting a domino drive in Castleton village Hall – details to follow soon.

Aside the events, we are currently in the process of applying for some funding to create a new kitchen and meat preparation room. This room will be used for making sausages and burgers, and our weekly cooking class.

And we’re already looking ahead to spring as we get ready to plant up hanging baskets. Please return any empty hanging baskets to us if you would like them re-filled or get in touch to find out about volunteering opportunities.