North Somercotes a new farm and a new beginning
North Somercotes is a popular tourist destination located a couple of miles from the coast in north Lincolnshire. We moved to North Somercotes back in 2014 and have spent the last twelve months creating the farm we wanted.
After stamping our mark on the house which meant extensively redecorating and replacing the sewage system we moved on to the land and farm buildings. The first major task was to fence in the land and section it off in to paddocks. Without the fencing the livestock wouldn’t hang around too long.
Over all we put in over 1.5 kilometres of fencing held up by 0ver 650 fence posts. And each paddock needed a gate so we installed 17 of them. Being new to North Somercotes we also spent lots of time trying to get to know the area the the quickest way to and from Mole Country stores in Market Rasen.
Towards the end of 2014 we started our preparation for Christmas with turkey and duck chicks along with a few hens. To begin with the Poults (baby turkey) and ducklings lived under the warm embrace of heat lamps before moving outside once big and old enough. Iain built mobile houses for both. Being mobile meant that they could be moved from paddock to paddock to allow the land to rest.
Next came the pigs and cattle. Although the previous owner had, had pigs at some point the fencing needed to be replaced. Iain also built a new addition home for them.
In early February we cleared the overgrown orchard and we planted 90 fruit trees. Since then we have added rhubarb and several types of berry’s to the orchard. We have also been making use on the small polite tunnel to grow courgettes, tomatoes and chilli.
Queens Park Farmers Market
In April we had the great news that we could start selling at Queens Park Farmers Market in London. With this news it was all go.
We found a fridge van, bought a heavy duty gazebo and ordered new branded aprons with our new logo. The logo was based on a logo Louise’s aunt had designed for the previous farm.
June came and we finally made it to Queens Park Farmers Market in London and Iain had a great reception from his previous customers.