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Lobbs Farm Shop at Heligan is a Cornish business retailing the best food from the countryside. We are three farming brothers, Terry, Ian and Richard Lobb, and each have a farm supplying beef, lamb and fresh vegetables direct to Lobbs Farm Shop. Our own beef and lamb are born and raised on the farm where the animals graze our traditional pastures and meadows.

We aim to produce and sell quality food with a known provenance that you can eat with confidence. Please do choose Lobbs for your Cornish and West Country food.
Seasonal Selection from Lobbs Farm Shop ... July 2018

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St Endellion Brie : Cheese - Cornish Cheese
Trelawny : Cheese - Cornish Cheese
Lobbs Farm Shop £10.00 gift voucher : Cornish Hampers - Gift Hampers
Duckling - Free Range Duckling : Meat - Cornish Poultry & Game
TRENANCE 6 luxury hand-made chocolates : Sweets & Snacks - Chocolate & fudge
Cornish Camembert : Cheese - Cornish Cheese
Cornish Crumbly cheese 250g : Cheese - Cornish Cheese
SISLEYS Cornish chutney : Jars & Bottles - Chutneys, dressings & pickles
Cornish cooked ham : Deli - cooked meats
Chicken - Lemon pepper coated chicken breast : Meat - Cornish Poultry & Game
SHROPSHIRE SPICE Co Wild sage & roast onion stuffing : Misc - Herbs & spices
LOBBS Sticky lemon cake - 1lb loaf : Lobbs homemade - Cakes & desserts
LOBBS Victoria sponge sandwich - 7" round : Lobbs homemade - Cakes & desserts
LOBBS Pork pies - large : Lobbs homemade - Savoury pies
LOBBS Cottage pie : Lobbs homemade - Savoury pies
Vulscombe goats cheese : Cheese - Cornish Cheese
LOBBS cocktail 10 frozen pasties : Lobbs homemade - Savoury pies
Beef - winter warmer pack : Meat - Cornish Beef
RODDAS clotted cream 227g/8oz : Deli - dairy
TREGOTHNAN kea plum jam 227g : Jars & Bottles - Jams & Marmalades
Cows and calves enjoying the summer.
Summer 2017

News from the farm

It is amazing how quick the young swallows grow from hatching until fledging. It must be only a matter of 3 to 4 weeks then they are gone, occasionally returning to roost on a rough night.

The cows have now all calved and are happy sat in the pastures with their calves. It is a wonderful sight to see these glorious animals lying in the sun soaking up the rays and occasionally chewing their cud. The calves are often so asleep that you can walk up to them and scratch their backs and when they do awake they look around as if to say “Oooh that’s nice.…. down a bit please”. Then they suddenly realise it’s a person scratching them and off they gallop.

The ewes on the other hand do not enjoy the hot weather; all day is a constant search for a bit of shade. We do have a few trees in our pastures that are parkland style individual trees. It is a joy to see the flock lie under the tree in the shade and then as the shadow rotates around the tree the ewes get up and run around to the other side!

The cereal harvest has begun with the winter barley being cut first. The yields are quite good but the weather has been a bit catchy and we have to go all out on the dry days and then catch up with the straw collection on the following days. Ideally we need to store the corn at 14% moisture levels but the wet weather means we harvest at 15% to 20% and then dry the barley in our crop dryer. This can cost up to £15/ ton which is more than 10% of the value of the crop so dry weather is very much appreciated.

I have tried to make hay but the inclement weather has put paid to that so I have made silage instead. Ideally grass cut for hay needs to dry in the sunshine and we turn the crop over every day exposing the crop to dry over at least 6 days. Unfortunately it is difficult to predict in Cornwall when there will be 6 dry days in a row. This year’s crop I cut on a Friday with the forecast predicting a dry spell but after 3 days we had a shower and then on the fifth day there was a warning of heavy rain. I had to decide whether to persevere and try to make hay or take the easy route and make round bale silage which could be baled and wrapped in plastic on the fourth day. So silage it is; fortunately I only cut one half of the field as I was unsure if the crop would bale as hay. Now I will try again the next time there is a forecast of at least 6 dry days in a row! Fingers crossed!!

News flash

Woohoo otters - I have just seen not one otter but FOUR!!!!

What a treat; I think it was a mother and three nearly adult pups going along the road 200 yards from my farm yard. They ran away from me and eventually disappeared into the hedge. By the time I had got my phone out for a photo they were gone. I wanted to peer into the hedge closer and try to get a photo, but I restrained myself and just let them hide in their hideaway. I was concerned that if I disturbed them the family group may get split up and end up going onto the main road. I try to live life for the moment and that was a fantastic moment. It is probably a sight that I never will see again. Woohoo…. Joy!

It is nice to know that our farm is seen as suitable habitat for a range of species and that our conservation work is being recognised by the wildlife.

News from the shop

We are pleased with the sales of our Farmhouse Kitchen range of pies and puddings which are all made here in the farm shop using our own meat. Please do take one home to keep in your freezer for that day when you don’t really want to cook from scratch.

The cooks also make our range of cakes such as the lemon drizzle cake and carrot cake. The sponges we make are chocolate, coffee, and Victoria sponges. These are really good; in fact exceedingly good cakes. Any of these are available to order if you want to secure a cake for a special occasion.

When the weather returns to sunshine, which I am confident it will, then it will be time to get the barbecue fired up and get cooking. The butchery has its usual selection of meats and burgers for you to try - beef, pork or lamb burgers and there are often venison burgers in the freezer section. We are also hoping to have a new gourmet burger which we are now developing….
Sausages are always on offer and all made here in the farm shop using quality ingredients. Each sausage has a high meat content compared with many other inferior brands available elsewhere.

Its great to try a new flavour of ice cream. Currently we stock Roskillys and Callestick; both of course are Cornish milk and cream based ice creams with flavours such as salted caramel, Cornish golden fudge, pear and elderflower and organic chocolate. Callestick have a chunky stem ginger, a café espresso and a clotted cream and raspberries.

Gin, vodka and rum are in vogue at the moment and we sell several versions. We have Cornish gin from Tarquins who make their gin in small batches. Currently we have a few bottles of the hand crafted brilliant British blackberry dry gin. No doubt these will soon be sold as we are finding it difficult to get new supplies as the Tarquins’ dry gin won a gold medal at the San Francisco World Spirits Competition 2016.
Stafford’s Gin is made from potato vodka at a distillery near Lostwithiel.

I have just tried a new cheese which at the moment is on tasting and available from the delicatessen, It is a buttery, hard cheese with a real depth to the flavour and is a genuinely world class cheese. It won the Super Gold Award at the 2016 World Cheese Awards. The cheese is called Kern; it is a long maturing cheese and Lynher Dairies describe it as a Gouda style cheese with an Alpine starter culture to give it a close texture resembling Dutch and French/Swiss cheeses. Do try Kern cheese; it is very nice.

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