Whilst our shop makes us a little different from the average farm, we’re still very much a working farm.
West Craigie is a 260 acre arable farm; this means that we have no livestock.
So, What Do We Grow?
As well as growing crops for you to pick, or to buy ready picked, we also grow crops such as:
Soft fruit – we grow a large range of soft fruits in tunnels and outdoors.
We use polytunnels to protect our crop and it also enables us to spread the season. (We also use bees to do the pollination - you can buy some delicious local honey in the shop.)
Vegetables – in the last few years, we’ve expanded the range of vegetables we grow. For example, beans, peas, cabbages, beetroot, squashes of all shapes and sizes and lots more.
Cereals – West Craigie is a good wheat farm, the main cereal that we grow. The wheat is sold to local mills for flour or animal feed. We keep a small amount of the straw for our strawberries; the rest is sold to a local stock farmer. We also grow Spring Barley which is sold to make Whisky.
Potatoes –we used to grow our own potatoes, but due to the large investment needed for equipment, we now rent some land to a local farmer to grow his potatoes. He gets good ground and we get a great crop of wheat after it!
Fallow –We fallow some ground every year to rest the ground from intensive farming. Furthermore, it gives the birds good nesting sites, we can control weeds without relying on selective herbicides and it gives a good crop of wheat the following year.
To find out what’s in season click here
Like generations of farmers, part of daily work involves managing the countryside, such us planting hedges, creating beetle banks, sowing area of wild flower meadow etc.
Linking the environment and farming – LEAF. We are members of this organisation and are working towards obtaining the LEAF marquee. To find out more, visit www.leafuk.org
In short, we are committed to farming with nature whilst having a sustainable future.
On your next visit, why not take a stroll around the farm to see the work we do. Any questions about what is going on, just ask.
- Craigie's Farm Shop and Cafe
- Craigie's Farm Shop and Cafe Design Your Own Egg Competition!
What a response we’ve had to our other competition! Seen as Easter really is for the kids, we don’t want them to miss out! That’s why we've decided to launch another competition for the kids to WIN an Easter hamper!
For them to be in with the chance of winning - head to our website, download our “design your egg” colouring sheet and get them to design their own egg! http://www.craigies.co.uk/news/201503/design-your-easter-egg-competition
Or if you want to be really creative, we are selling chocolate egg making kits in the shop in which means they can create their own chocolate Easter creation! See our video in the following link – https://youtu.be/LD4SQ7d7wp4 - it’s really easy and very fun to do! A great idea for Easter Sunday? These are £9.99 each
You can either post a photo of their entries onto our facebook page, send a photo to email@example.com or simply hand in the entries to someone here at Craigie’s.
The colouring sheets will be available in the café/shop too so they can take part while you enjoy a nice coffee!
The winner will be selected at random and announced on Monday 20th April so there’s plenty time during the Easter Holidays for them to get their entries in!
- Craigie's Farm Shop and Cafe Have you seen our tasty COMPETITION to win some delicious olives from Silver & Green?
Thanks to Silver & Green who will be here at Craigie’s on Sunday 5th April offering tastings of their range of olives, they have kindly given us free packets of their delicious olives to give away in a competition!
We have 6 packets in total to give away so 3 lucky winners will receive 2 packets each!
All you have to do to be in with the chance of winning is:
1. Like our facebook page
2. Like this post
3. Share this post
It’s that simple!
Also, we would love it if you left a comment below telling us what you accompany your olives with!
Winners will be selected at random and announced on Saturday 4th April!
Good luck everyone!
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