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 Pop along this weekend for PYO Apples - Tractor & Trailer rides available 11am-4pm Saturday & Sunday!
It even looks to be quite a sunny weekend too - make the most of it before the colder weather arrives!
- Craigie's Farm Shop and Cafe Another reason to pop in for a visit this weekend - the RSPB are visiting Craigie's on Sunday 11am-4pm
Why not come along and see the RSPB before or after your apple picking on Sunday? Check out our event information for activities details!
- Craigie's Farm Shop and Cafe
- Craigie's Farm Shop and Cafe Tractor & Trailer Rides available this weekend for PYO Apples!
We will be running our trailer rides again this Saturday and Sunday for those who would like to PYO apples.
They will be operating 12-4pm on Friday and 11am-4pm Sat & Sun leaving from the strawberry hut down to the apple orchard and then back again!
Baskets will be available from the shop and there will be a minimum £2 per person which is redeemable against any fruit picked on the day. The £2 per person will need to be paid before going on the tractor and trailer rides.
Please note, the tractor and trailer rides are only for those doing PYO Apples
We hope you can make it along for some apple picking!
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