Neil and I have made the hard decision to stop producing our highly sought after Lunan Bay Asparagus.
We are forced to stop production due to a number of reasons, with main being we are both at full capacity and unable find staff to support the growth of our operations, both on the farm and in Neil’s transport business.
We knew going into a new season that it would be impossible to work to the high standards that we demand. Something had to give before burn-out ensued, unfortunately its our asparagus operation.
Our plan going forward is to focus on our regenerative activities on our farm, our 350-head goat herd and producing our pasture-fed goat meat and cashmere.
Our asparagus season is over for another year. Short, sweet & stressful due to the coldest May in decades. Thanks to our customers for the support. Plans in place to extend our season next year. Now onto our pasture-fed goat meat season…
It is officially the end of the British Asparagus Season. What a rollercoaster it has been this year for us! The Corona pandemic brought many challenges to us and our customers, but we adapted and with the support of our collaborators, our team and the public, we made it through! We were really bowled over by the demand for our Lunan Bay Asparagus. The unpredictable Scottish weather gave us plenty stress this year, and were thankful for everyone’s patience.
2020 brought us the opportunity to work with lots of new customers, alongside our existing ones. Running Scotland’s first ever Asparagus Drive-Thru with my mum was laugh; we had everything from tandems to Ferraris! We featured on BBC Landward, had virtual farm tours via Go Rural Scotland & Ardross Farm Shop, live cookery demos on the field, and welcomed back a colony of endangered lapwings and skylarks who reared their young in our asparagus field, under our watchful eyes.
A huge “Thank You” to Chef Martha and Marienne of El Tajín – Authentic Taste of Mexico who ran series of 18 live cookery classes showcasing our asparagus, culminating a fantastic staff BBQ. We could not have done it without the hard work of our team of pickers and graders, who turned up every day of our 6 week season, even though the asparagus delirium and field dancing kicked in towards the end. Thanks to everyone who supported us; from sharing a photo or video of your asparagus dishes to stocking our spears. It makes all the hard work and stress worthwhile.
Now our asparagus season is over and we’d both love to sleep and drink lots of wine, life on the farm continues with our upcoming honeyberry harvest next week, the weaning of our kids and tending to our goats. Our goat meat season starts in August so we are busy planning for that. And of course, Neil continues his day job of running the family logistics business.
Thanks again to you all,
Neil and Jillian x