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August 18, 2017 / Apley Estate - Hamiltons

Hummingbird moth sighted – looks just like a hummingbird

My neighbour sighted this hummingbird moth. It looks so like a hummingbird, I could hardly believe my eyes when I first watched this mini film she made of it in her garden (in Shropshire). I’m not usually a moth fan, I must admit, but if you can bear them, click HERE to read more. Click HERE to watch her mini film.

August 15, 2017 / Apley Estate - Hamiltons

How farm shop & deli owners best utilise social media ?

Recently, I was asked by the Guild of Fine Foods (GFF) to comment for this article on how farm shop and deli owners can best utilise social media for their business. Here is the result. I have much more detail if you’re interested. PS. Looks like Nick the cheese guru (on page 1) at Fodder could do with a spelling lesson before he writes any more banners !

August 6, 2017 / Apley Estate - Hamiltons

Great school holiday meals at Apley Farm Shop

Medium chicken pie

Apley Butchery’s Family & medium pies – great for summer holiday lunches with children home from school

The school holidays have started. If you’re you are already struggling to think of & prepare 2 meals a day for the whole family, look no further. Coming to the rescue are Bob the Butcher’s family meat pies from the Apley Butcher at Apley Farm Shop, taken by Steve Watts of A Decent Exposure.

We have 2 sizes of family meat pies in 8 varieties: Large 8″ pies feed 4-6 people & cost £3.95. Medium oval shaped pies feed 2-3 people & cost £3.25.

  1. Vegetarian cheese & vegetable pie
  2. Steak & mushroom pie
  3. Steak & ale pie
  4. Steak & kidney pie
  5. Minty lamb & vegetable pie
  6. Chicken curry pie
  7. Chicken ham & leek pie
  8. Chicken & mushroom pie

The asterisked* pies are also available as individual pies for one person. The minced beef & onion pie is only available as an individual pie for one person.

August 5, 2017 / Apley Estate - Hamiltons

Book now for our next Teddy Bears’ Picnic, now only 4 days away

Teddy Bears' Picnic

Children, parents & farm shop staff heading from Apley Farm Shop towards the Skylark Nature Trail for a Teddy Bears’ Picnic

Story time – We’re going on a bear hunt, by Michael Rosen

Teddy Bears' Picnic leaflet Click HERE to book online now for our next Teddy Bears’ Picnic, which is now only 4 days away.

Anyone with children of any age is welcome. The price includes a picnic lunch, adventure in the woods, story telling & a play in the Playbarn.

Here are photos taken at last weeks’ picnic by Steve Watts 07446 140 448 of A Decent Exposure.



July 29, 2017 / Apley Estate - Hamiltons

Edible flowers from Apley Walled Gardens

Edible flowers from AWGEdible flowers are arriving in abundance from Apley Walled Gardens straight onto our customers plates in the Creamery Cafe. I was just enjoying a quick flick through BBC Good Food Magazine where I spotted this article raving about edible flowers, when Gavin walked into the kitchen laden with plums, melons & [you’ve guessed it!] edible flowers – all from Apley Walled Garden.They look stunning & add a peppery taste to any summer salad. Hard to find anywhere else, but available at Apley Farm Shop & for national delivery.

July 28, 2017 / Apley Estate - Hamiltons

First melons from Apley Walled Gardens for 60+ years !

Apley Walled Garden melons Head Gardener Phil Allen has grown the first melons from Apley Walled Gardens for 60+ years ! I adore melons so am happier than most about this exciting news. Delicious, tasty, bio-ethically produced, local produce is now pouring out of the garden again – heading straight to the Creamery Cafe & Apley Farm Shop’s shelves. Head there to taste the difference (oops, that sounds a familiar phrase!).

July 26, 2017 / Apley Estate - Hamiltons

Woodland Trust coming to Apley Farm Shop

The Woodland Trust will be back at Apley Farm Shop during the The Spookley Pumpkin week in the October half term (it’ll be here before we know it!). Come along & find out about their work on Sat 14 October, Sat 28 & Sunday 29 October. To explain more, here’s what they say about themselves:

The Woodland Trust is the UK’s leading woodland conservation charity that restores and protects ancient woodland as well as creating new woodland for future generations to enjoy.

Having over 500,000 members and supporters and more than 1,000 sites, covering over 26,000 hectares, all over the UK.

The Woodland Trust protect and campaign on behalf of this country’s woods, plant trees, and restore ancient woodland for the benefit of wildlife and people and they want to see a UK rich in woods and trees, enjoyed and valued by everyone.

July 25, 2017 / Apley Estate - Hamiltons

Farm Shop burglary article

Vol 18, issue 1, Jan-Feb 2017

Way back, just before Christmas Apley Farm Shop was burgled. Here’s one of the articles we appeared in, from Fine Food Digest. Fortunately, we’ve had to increase security & have had no problems since. Long may that continue !

July 24, 2017 / Apley Estate - Hamiltons

Prosecco & scones at Apley Farm Shop

Scone-Prosecco-StrawberryThis photo is soooo cool & the prosecco & scones look so tempting ! It’s the first time we’ve used a Cinemagraph, created by Steve Watts (A Decent Exposure Photography). No need to book. Apley Farm Shop’s Creamery Cafe is open 7 days a week, 9:30-4:30pm Sunday to Thursday & 9:30-5pm Friday & Saturday.


July 23, 2017 / Apley Estate - Hamiltons

Book a Teddy Bear’s picnic & more – all in our latest newsletter

Book a Teddy Bear’s picnic & more – all in our latest newsletter. Click HERE to sign up to receive all our newsletters & be the first to know !