Monday, December 31, 2018

Veg boxes 28th December

A standard veg box with a dozen free-range eggs (£14.20 including delivery) - half a crown prince squash, a savoy cabbage, leeks, a bunch of carrots, a kilo of potatoes, oriental greens, beetroot, and rocket.
The small box (£7 including delivery) - leeks, beetroot, potatoes, chervil, oriental greens, and carrots.

Yerin and Seoyoung

Also for most of December we had the assistance of two lovely wwoofers from South Korea, Yerin and Seoyoung, who have now headed to Barcelona for a well-earned break. Many thanks to them too!
Yerin and Seoyoung picking kale in the old chicken field.

Brice and Gurvan

Brice and Gurvan, two French wwoof volunteers from Quimper in Brittany, helped on the farm for most of December, leaving just after Christmas for further UK adventures. Many thanks to this loveable pair for keeping us entertained - and all the good work too.
Wwoof volunteers outside the farm shop on Winter Feast day, from left - Yerin, Gurvan, Brice, and Lena.

Brice painting the shop floor on Boxing Day.

Monday, December 24, 2018

Merry Christmas!


OK, this was our farmyard in February, but it's a more Christmassy shot than the current mild wet conditions allow.
We'd like to thank all our volunteers, supporters and customers for their invaluable input through 2018, and we wish you all a very enjoyable Christmas and a happy new year 2019.

Recent tasks on the farm

We've been so busy on the farm recently with festive preparations and winter jobs that we've not been able to update the blog regularly, so here's a sample of what we've been up to:-
Picking the first winter veg from our pollytunnels - these are "granat" Chinese cabbage...

...and pak choi. Also salad leaves, chervil, coriander, carrots, rocoto chillies, and komatsuna (Chinese spinach).

Creating new wildflower and herb areas in the bee-friendly garden.

Coppicing willow around the market garden, and planting new willow laths around the old chicken field.

Raising the height of the rabbit fence by another 40cm.

Tidying up our windbreaks (more coppicing).

Weeding the overwintering onions, again.

Picking swedes (and carrots, kale, chard, beetroot, leeks, cabbages, radishes, spring greens, turnips etc.).

Building a low protective wall around our well in Home Field.
Admiring sunsets and afternoon skies like this one, seen from our chicken sheds.

And lots of other stuff besides, much of it tidying up after another busy growing season (and cleaning the polytunnel plastic to increase light levels). Thanks as always to everybody who volunteers their time to help with our never-complete jobs list!

Christmas veg boxes

Our veg boxes on Friday 21st had a special Christmas theme....
Standard veg boxes lined up for packing.
Small (£6) veg boxes contained a stalk of Brussels sprouts, kale, parsnips, potatoes, a bunch of carrots, sage, rosemary and thyme.
Standard (£10) veg boxes contained beetroot, a stalk of Brussels sprouts, a bunch of carrots, sage, rosemary, thyme, kale, leeks, parsnips, potatoes, and a bag of salad leaves.

Christmas hampers

This year we had orders for five Christmas hampers, which were ready for delivery and collection on Friday 21st.
Medium (£50) hamper - crown prince squash, Brussels sprouts, savoy cabbage, sage, rosemary, thyme, potatoes, parsnips, leeks, carrots, dried chillies, swede, salad leaves, kale, a dozen eggs, mince pies, large multigrain loaf, honey, Christmas pudding chocolate, cranberry relish, apple juice, fudge, and jam.

Small (£25) hamper - Brussels sprouts, savoy cabbage, sage, rosemary, thyme, potatoes, carrots, leeks, swede, half a dozen eggs, honey, Christmas pudding chocolate, jam, and either cranberry or cider apple relish.
Packing the hampers.

Saturday, December 22, 2018


Lena on the right, re-stacking hay in the open barn with Yerin.
Lena, from France, wwoofed with us for two weeks, and left this afternoon heading back home for Christmas. Thank you Lena for all your help, and bon voyage!

St. Just Christmas Market

On Festive Fun Friday (14th December) as well as the Walking Nativity around St. Just, the christmas lights turn-on with Pendeen Silver Band, and Santa in the Knut, there was the special Christmas Market in the W.I. Hall, from 5pm till 8:30pm, at which the farm had a stall.
The following morning was the weekly farmers' market, 9:30am till 12:30pm, at which we always have a stall selling veg, eggs, honey, bread, and a small selection of produce from the farm shop (raw chocolate etc...).

Friday, December 21, 2018

Christmas Tree festival

Once again Bosavern Community Farm decorated a tree as part of the Miners' Chapel Christmas Tree festival, alongside many other local community organisations and schools. The chapel is open from 2 till 6pm until December 29th to view the trees, and refreshments are available.
Many thanks to Sonja, Fran and Alice for organising and decorating the tree.

Veg boxes 7th December

Our standard veg box, costing £10 (or £11 delivered to your door) contained potatoes, beetroot, bunched carrots, jerusalem artichokes, kale, chard, leeks, a cabbage, and Chinese leaves.
Our small box, costing £6 (or £7 delivered to your door) contained potatoes, leeks, salad leaves, a cabbage, and beetroot.

Shop opening times over the festive period

Our farm shop will be open every day from 11am till 6pm, except for Christmas Day, Boxing Day, and New Year's Day. We will have fresh bread from Vicky's on the 22nd, 24th, 28th and 31st December, and from January 3rd onwards. We will have fresh milk from Treen Farm on the 29th (on Saturday rather than Friday).

We would like to wish all our supporters and customers a very merry Christmas and a happy and prosperous New Year 2019.

P.S. We have sprout stalks at £2 each....

Winter Feast

We hosted a Winter Feast at the farm on Sunday 9th December, and we were thrilled with the number of people who came along to bring and share food, and listen to the band and choir.
Members of Pendeen Silver Band playing carols in the open barn to welcome people to the farm.

A winter wreath making workshop in The Hive, led by Ali Law.

One of the wreaths made during the workshop.

A long table down the packing shed, and people tucking in to their communal feast.

The Blazing Hearts Chorus singing in the packing shed after the feast.
It was another wonderful community day on the farm, and many thanks go to all the people who made it possible - musicians, cooks, cleaners, etc.. - and everybody who came to help us celebrate.


Emma with entwined carrots.
Emma, from France, wwoofed with us for a month, and left for home after our Winter Feast. Thank you for your help Emma, and have a great Christmas!