This summer the Fir Farm team have been busy preparing new vending machines and testing new products to sell directly to local customers as well as further afield. With one eye on expanding our product range and the other on easier ways to sell the finished items. From field to fork and cow to cup…
In line with our efforts to offer products with zero food miles, one of the big ambitions has been to mill, package and sell our own flour. A special container has been built in one of the Fir Farm sheds for a new organic flour mill, currently being assembled with a view to milling the heritage wheat (Maris Widgeon) and other grains grown on the farm.
Fir Farm’s in-house chef Mira Kowalski has been perfecting her bread recipes including a delicious sourdough made from our heritage wheat. Scientists, nutritionist and health experts all agree that naturally-fermented sourdough bread is healthier than ‘regular’ white or whole wheat bread – for a multitude of reasons. Sourdough is more nutritious, easier to digest and contains less gluten than other bread.
Mira has also been researching and making organic ice cream made from our delicious, creamy whole milk. Various flavours are currently in production including Salted Caramel, Vanilla, Chocolate & Cardamom and Redcurrant, all shown here. More indulgent flavours include Zabaglione (with sherry) and Chocolate and Whisky, perfect for a post lunch or dinner pick me up!
Ingredients will be sourced locally and seasonally. Compostable pots will be available in 150ml and 500ml sizes. For sale at Fir Farm now, in our new ‘smart’ vending machine. See below for more details.
Skimmed milk & cream
As a by-product of the ice cream making process via centrifugal separation, we will be able to sell skimmed milk as part of our dairy offering. Depending on the season and quantity of milk produced, we are hoping cream may also be available. Yoghurt is also in development.
Smart Vending Machine
To sell our ice cream and other freshly chilled/frozen farm products (including prime cuts of organic beef and pork, sausages and bacon to name a few) a new ‘smart’ vending machine has been installed alongside our milk vending machine at the top of the Fir Farm track.
Currently only able to accept card payments, the machine allows customers to manually pick and select the size/weight of product they desire before payment is taken. For any cash customers products will also be available by pre-ordering from the Fir Farm office.
Manor Farm Milk machine
The team are also currently installing another milk vending machine at Manor Farm, Buckle Street, Upper Slaughter GL54 2JJ. More on this to come…
Watch this space for more information or contact us here for bulk orders and more.