Once again our "turkey season" has been and gone in a blur of shelter building, turkey wrangling, food fairs and finally our Sales Days. The New Year is a great opportunity for us to send our best wishes to (with respect) old customers and new friends alike.
As the dust settles, this is our chance to look back at 2014 and, believe it or not, start to make plans for our 2015 season. We like to try and improve what we do every year, so if you came to Crouchley for your turkey on either of our Sales Days and would like to give us some feedback on the experience, we would be most grateful. Although we find the days a lot of fun, we want to be sure that our customers enjoy visiting us too. Our email address is email@example.com
Last year's flock was truly "Bred to be Wild". More than ever before they were determined to be outdoors. Each night we had around 90 of them roosting all over the outside of their shelter. By the time they were fully mature, the frame of their shelter was actually bending under their combined weight. But at least they were healthy and happy !
Our food fairs went as well as ever. We met lots of you at either Tatton Park, Arley Hall or Altrincham Farmers' Market. This last was a new venue for us and proved to be a great success. We had an excellent time in a proper traditional market but with the added attractions of its own indoor food court and live music. It's certainly making us think about getting to more Farmers' Markets around the area next year.
We had a great time over our two Sales Days and hope you did too. The 23rd was a steady day all through but the 24th kept bringing us groups of customers all together - which was great for us but we're afraid it meant some queuing. We're sorry about that - it's something we really try and avoid - but we hope the mulled wine and mince pies helped the wait along.
This year we had two KellyBronze turkeys that went to prize draw winners. The first went to Hilary Loy of Lancaster who won our draw at the North West Food Lovers Festival. In true awards ceremony style, - unfortunately Hilary couldn't be with us on the day - so her sister Vicky Finlay (plus helpers) received the bird on her behalf.
The other "prize bird" was one which we donated as a raffle prize for the Knutsford Women v Cancer Ladies Evening. The winner there was Mrs Sheila Hughes although the bird was collected by Mr Hughes instead.
Because of a couple of family brushes with cancer in 2014, we decided to make Women v Cancer the charity which we would support at Christmas. Thanks to the generosity of our customers, the big pink collecting bucket raised £117.15 for this excellent cause. Our thanks to everyone who contributed.
Sadly our Texel ram, "Jordan" died suddenly this autumn. Completely unexpected and it meant that the Wiltshire Horn ram, "Jeff", would be on his own. So off we went and came back with this handsome addition. He's a Charollais ram lamb we've called "Sheldon" What about those eyebrows ?
And finally . . . . . Scarecrow caught trying to hide under the preserves and pickles the night before Sales Days !
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