January is traditionally a quiet month on most conventional farms. Here at Peaks Top Farm I wouldn’t describe us as ‘conventional’!
We all took a well deserved break over Christmas after an extremely busy time leading up to the festive period. Our Fabulously Fruity wine was literally flying out of the farm gate and off the bar in all our events and shows.
Every day the sound of a chainsaw could be heard in the farmyard as customers were coming to ‘pick your own’ Christmas tree directly out of our fields. The delight on peoples faces was so good to see when they found ‘the’ perfect tree and had it cut down before them. Equally the excitement for children as they dashed to the field in search of a tree was brilliant to see.
Since the beginning of January we have really got back into the swing of things and it is full throttle for planning for 2017. When the weather has been fine for working outside we have been finishing off all the winter work on the fruit farm. The last of the pruning will be finished this week, so all our raspberry canes, currant bushes, blackberries and gooseberries should be in good shape for the onset of spring and the start of the growing season.
The final stage in construction of our new winery is underway and should be completed by the end of February. The last stage is a purpose built retail area at the front and the staff room and storage area. Inside the winery new production is at full capacity with all of our varieties gently fermenting away, which in several months time will be delicious, smooth wine ready to drink! On from the production area the storage room is filling up with maturing wine on it’s way to being bottled and stored in our ‘cellar’.
This time of year is also very important in planning our show and event diary for the rest of the year. Other than the regular Lincoln and Brigg monthly Farmers Market we will be attending lots of great shows throughout the East Midlands. Many of which we have previously exhibited at plus some interesting new additions! We are also looking to work with more wholesale customers. If you own or know of someone who owns a restaurant, bar or shop who would be interested in stocking a quality, locally produced ‘Lincolnshire’ fruit wine please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Finally we have a very interesting announcement about wine tasting evenings which more details will follow very soon.