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    • New Season Kentish Strawberries

      Posted on 25th May 2015 by


      Now in stock! Very pleased to have the first of the Kent season strawberries now in the shop. From the same farm that supply Wimbledon Tennis! Come and pick up a punnet.

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    • Kentish Asparagus now in stock

      Posted on 17th May 2015 by


      We now have plenty of delicious local asparagus now in The Hop Shop! Grown locally at a farm down the road, asparagus is a great addition to your Spring Summer dishes. For the best results, wash the stems thoroughly in a sink full of cold water. Then trim the stalks […]

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    • HONEY TASTING in the shop- Saturday 16th May

      Posted on 15th May 2015 by


      This Saturday our honey man – Dan – will be in the shop offering honey tastings and answering all your questions on bees and honey! Call for specific times.

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      Posted on 1st May 2015 by


      We pleased to announce that due to overwhelming demand two new dates have now been added to our Lavender Massage calendar! New dates are: Wednesday 15th July and Monday 20th July. These are in addition to the following dates: Saturday 11th, Sunday 12th, Thursday 16th, Friday 17th, Saturday 18th & […]

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    • High Sheriff of Kent

      Posted on 13th March 2015 by


      The biggest news at Castle Farm is that Farmer William has been appointed as the High Sheriff of Kent. This role, approved by the Queen, lasts for a full and very busy year when William will be attending numerous official, civil and ceremonial functions throughout the county as well as […]

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    • FARMING NOTES: January 2015

      Posted on 30th January 2015 by


      Every month, Farmer William writes a feature for the Shoreham Gazette on what has been happening around the farm and in the world of agriculture; here’s his notes from January 2015. A Letter from (Outback) Australia….. I have great respect for the fencing skills of Australian stock farmers. Their fences […]

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    • Merry Christmas from The Hop Shop

      Posted on 22nd December 2014 by


      All the staff at The Hop Shop wish you a very happy Christmas! The farm shop will close at 5pm on Tuesday 23rd December and re-open on Friday 2nd January at 9am. The office will re-open on Monday 5th January and mail order will restart in the same week. We […]

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    • Christmas shopping on the farm

      Posted on 3rd December 2014 by

      Christmas Tractor Lights

      We have plenty of parking, no shopping centre crowds, and a treasure trove of beautiful gifts for you to choose from for family and friends. You can even  pick your own hampers in the shop from our wide range of baskets and products and we’ll gift wrap them for you […]

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    • Another award to keep us smiling!

      Posted on 19th November 2014 by


      We are extremely proud to have won an award at the Kent Life Food & Drink Awards for our farm shop last week! We want to thank our lovely customers for nominating us! And congratulations to all the other winners!

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    • Turkeys, Geese & Beef Galore!

      Posted on 13th November 2014 by


      NOW IS THE TIME TO ORDER YOUR YUMMY CHRISTMAS MEATS! Beef, pheasants ducks, chickens and turkeys can be pre-ordered for collection anytime. Gammons will be available from MID December. DONT MISS OUT! For more information click here!

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    • Fantastic Apple Turnover!

      Posted on 2nd October 2014 by


      The September sunshine encouraged huge numbers of visitors to our orchards- and they’ve picked it clean! We closed the orchard on Sunday 28th September – a week earlier than anticipated so APOLOGIES to anyone who was hoping to come next weekend. However, READY-PICKED APPLES – COX, NORFOLK ROYALS, BRAMLEYS AND […]

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    • Pumpkins Galore!

      Posted on 11th September 2014 by


      Our home-grown pumpkins are now in season! Come down to the farm and have a look at our range… the various varieties are slowly coming into season (some ripen later), but we usually have a range of shapes and sizes from the tasty little ‘rolet’ that can be baked whole, […]

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    • PYO Apples – and enjoy the view!

      Posted on 28th August 2014 by


      We are happy to announce that our delicious Norfolk Royal Apples will be ready to eat from Friday 5th September. We are the only registered Norfolk Royal orchard in the world – so come down and try what a real apple tastes like! Norfolk Royals are beautiful, big red, sweet, […]

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    • Fresh hop bines looking beautiful

      Posted on 21st August 2014 by


      Our new season Fresh Hop Bines have just been put up in the shop – and they smell and look glorious! The big 3m long bines are grown in specialist Hop Gardens here on Castle Farm in extra-wide rows to encourage bushy foliage and lots of hop flowers. When used […]

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    • Producer Profile – Wheatsheaves and Stooks

      Posted on 21st August 2014 by


      With harvest festivals coming up across the country, we are busy hand-making beautiful Wheatstooks and Wheatsheaves from our green or golden wheat. Traditional symbols of the countryside, our stooks are free-standing arrangements of spiralled stalks of wheat. The sheaves are flat-backed displays designed to be hung on a wall. Both […]

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    • Kentish Hop Season is upon us!

      Posted on 5th August 2014 by


      Now the last of our Lavender fields have been harvested.. our minds start to turn to wonderful Kentish Hop Bines! You can pre order now – our Fresh Hop Bines will be available in the shop and for mail order despatch across the UK from Monday 18th August, and our […]

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    • Our Lavender harvester in The Times

      Posted on 25th July 2014 by


      Did you see us in The Times?! Farmers son photographer Thomas Alexander took a stunning photo of the lavender harvester in full action as it started cutting the first field of Lavender in July. We are very lucky to have Thomas on hand with his camera – if you like […]

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    • Cherries now in the shop!

      Posted on 1st July 2014 by


      Producer Profile – Cherries from Court Lodge Farm We have always been so happy that we can get our cherries from Doug Worley – he really does produce the sweetest, plumpest and tastiest Kentish cherries down on his farm in Yalding! Having grown cherries in the family for generations, Doug […]

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    • The Hop Shop Sweet Collection

      Posted on 1st July 2014 by


      If you have a sweet tooth, then you will be a fan of our newest products… The Hop Shop Sweet Collection – a delightful selection of old school favourites from liquorice wheels to Bon Bons and Jelly Babies. There is a great little display in store now, and they’re a […]

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    • Tweet Time!

      Posted on 28th June 2014 by


      Taking over Twitter Farmer William will be making a guest appearance on the popular @farmersoftheUK Twitter handle from 30th June – 6th July. The account features a ‘week in the life’ of a different farmer every 7 days – from sheep farmers in the Highlands to crop farmers in Norfolk. […]

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    • June news from the Farm

      Posted on 15th June 2014 by


      Planting, weeding and preparing for harvest! We have certainly been kept busy down on the farm in the past few months. Not only have we had to look after and carefully hand-weed all our existing lavender fields, but we have added 65,000 new baby plants to the family! These new […]

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    • Fresh Lavender Bunches

      Posted on 5th June 2014 by


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