May - a very busy month for dairy farmers.
The cows are out grazing day and night now (however as soon as there is a slight drizzle they make for the sheds!), and eating lots of lovely lush grass. It will be a few more weeks yet before we taste the cheese made with the first spring milk - we'll be looking out for any slight variances
As for the fields, grass silage is due to be cut and conserved ready for next winter, maize seed has just been drilled and is hopefully germinating, another crop that the cows absolutely love! As the weather warms up, we'll take advantage and get some of the muck out of the sheds.
We are out and about at our usual markets and shows, starting the month with the Penshurst Place Craft Fair and ending with Whitsun bank holiday weekend at the Chatham Maritime Food & Drink Festival, more details on our This Week page. Look forward to seeing you there.
Well, April at last.
the cows and youngsters are loving the warmer days and fresh grass now that they are out in the fields again. They have a good charge around the field, checking out the water troughs, gates and any loose bit of fencing that might be an escape route! But of course, at the first sign of rain they really would rather be back undercover in a nice cosy straw barn.
We were making cheese with milk from the newly grazed cows this week. We'll look forward to tasting it at the beginning of June - a bit darker in colour, a bit more complex flavours for a few weeks whilst the cows settle into the change in their diet.
Let's hope for fair weather for the shows and markets that are going on during April, join us if you can.
Let's hope it's drier than February!
March is the start of the show season for us, with Hadlow Lambing weekend in the middle of the month. It was extremely cold and a bit snowy there last year for lambs, visitors and workers, so hopefully it'll be dry and sunny this time!
As we have been asked at markets for butter so many times, from March we will also be bringing along the delicious Cowslip butter made by our fellow Kentish cheesemakers, the Cheesemakers of Canterbury. Come along and try.
Dairy farm news - the cows and youngsters can smell the grass growing now and are impatient to get back out in the fields. We might need to do a few fencing repairs first though! The storms have bought down a couple of trees in our woodland which have fallen onto the fences as well as taking some sheets off the shed roofs - jobs for next week I think.
It was quite exciting to have the BBC Countryfile crew here for filming last week, I think the cows behaved themselves! It was one of the few dry sunny February days so at least the cameras stayed dry. Tune in on March 2nd to see John Craven helping us make a batch of our Kentish Blue.
Click here for where we are in March, come along and say hello and taste our cheese.
Well, a wet and windy start to 2014 - not too good for the cows, but it's lovely and warm in the cheese barn where I've been tending the Kentish Blue made over Christmas.
We will be attending our usual Kent farmers markets during January - flooding and snow permitting, so look forward to seeing you there.
Check out the recipe pages for Kentish Bluebell/Kentish Blue and Celeriac Soup, great for warming up with after a cold morning on the farm!
After that you can to the farm to collect, but please call us or email first as we do not have a shop but are a working dairy farm.
Kentish Blue was awarded a Bronze medal at last week's World Cheese Awards 2013, out of 2700 entries!
Held at the BBC Good Food Show, it was a fabulous event celebrating thousands of differnt cheeses from all over the world.
Cheese, as far as we are concerned, is the best part of Christmas food!
Whether for your own pleasure, or as a wonderful gift, choose from our selection of Kentish cheese boxes to compliment your dining table this Christmas.
Order now and select your preferred delivery date at the checkout page - in the notes box.
Please do remember that we are small producers and so it is best to order early to ensure that your choice is still available.
Last date for orders via the website is Tuesday 17th December for delivery by Friday 20th December.
Late orders may sometimes be possible, so do give us a call on 07969 895729 (mobile number, as we may be out delivering last minute cheese) and we will try to help.
Bespoke boxes are also available, please email us your requirements via our contact page here and we will do our best!
Friday 6th Dec - Tenterden Christmas Market 2 - 9pm
Find us along the High Street by Bourbon Rose, we will have all of our festive blue cheeses, as well as a full selection of Kentish cheese.
Buy local for your Christmas feast!
Sat 7th Dec - Penshurst Christmas Farmers Market 9 - 12
Come early for Kentish Blue Mature, and Kentish Bluebell will be making a long awaited special pre-Christmas appearance!
As usual, come to our stall to stock up on Pure Kent's delicious rapeseed oil, plain and flavoured versions, and Hinxden Dairy's cream and milk products.
Sun 8th Dec - Tonbridge Christmas Farmers Market 9.30 - 1.30
All of our blue cheeses available in festive larger sharing sizes, as well as goats cheeses from Ellie's Dairy and hard and soft chesses from Cheesemakers of Canterbury (who came along to the Cheese Special last month).