Monday, 29 December 2014

Honey from the Fens and some cold relief recipes

With the first of the seasonal colds doing the rounds, we thought we'd offer some cold remedies made from honey:

Honey and Cinnamon

Simply mix a quarter of a teaspoon of cinnamon with a teaspoon of honey and add to warm drinks, take straight from the spoon, spread on toast etc but take some every couple of hours. Both honey and cinnamon are anti-viral, anti-bacterial and anti-fungal.

Lemon and Honey

Mix freshly squeezed lemon juice with honey and warm water.

Ginger Honey and Lemon

Mix grated ginger with lemon and honey and brew a tea with boiling water.

And the proof that honey actually cures colds? Researchers from Jahrom University of Medical Science in Iran found that 2 ounces of honey a day significantly reduced cold symptoms and reduced the length of the common cold by up to 2 days!

Here at the Orchard Farm Shop we stock real Fenland honey ~ Bramblebee Honey. The beekeeper comes from a small village just a few miles from us and his bees are kept all around the area including orchards!

So come to our Fenland Farm Shop to stock up with some honey that will help keep those colds at bay this winter, and taste delicious too!

The Orchard Tea Room & Farm Shop
Redmoor Lane
PE14 0RN

Opening hours 10am-4pm daily

Tuesday, 23 December 2014

The Orchard Tea Room Wisbech featured in Lorena Hodgson 's "Hidden Gems" column for the Fenland Citizen

   "If you don't want to go into town at this time of year, then try the Orchard  Tea Rooms just off the A47 at the end of South Brink / Cromwell Road.

   They sell local produce, including vegetables, eggs, and apple juice, all locally grown, much from their own land.

   The stop there for tea and cake ... better than supermarket shopping!"

Written by Lorena Hodgson, Red Barn Creative published in Fenland Citizen on Dec 17th 2014

Monday, 22 December 2014

Christmas Opening Times for The Orchard Tea Room & Farm Shop Wisbech

Christmas Opening - Closed 25th & 26th 
Open 27th – 31st 10am – 4pm 
Closed 1st Jan 2015
Open as usual thereafter

Monday, 1 December 2014

National Tree Week at The Orchard Tea Room and Farm Shop Wisbech

It's National Tree Week in the UK until Sunday 7th December, a week when the Tree Council encourages people to improve their neighbourhoods by planting trees.

National Tree Week started 40 years ago in 1975 to make Britain more tree-conscious, encourage tree planting and raise awareness of the importance of the proper care and maintenance of trees. Harold Wilson, Prime Minister at the time, planted a Holm Oak at Chequers and Margaret Thatcher, then Leader of the Opposition planted a Lime tree on land adjacent to Grendon St, NW6. Every British Prime Minister since then has responded to the invitation to plant a tree at Chequers during National Tree Week, with the exception, thus far, of the current incumbent, David Cameron.

Trees are obviously very important to us here at The Orchard, we grow them for their fruit, apples, pears and plums. They look fantastic from our tea room windows and they provide a  wonderful amenity to those of our customers who choose to take a walk in the orchard. Our dog owning customers in particular love the opportunity to take their canine friends for a stroll through the orchard.

Our orchard trees not only produce fantastically tasty fruit they also provide food and habitat to thousands of insects, mammals and birds, bryphophytes (mosses & liverworts), lichens, invertebrates and fungi many of which have high conservation priorities.

So this National Tree Week we'd like to invite you all, particularly local Fenland residents to come and take a walk in our orchard during opening times, 10am-4pm. We're just 300 yds from the A47, down Redmoor Lane, not far from Tesco really:

The Orchard Tea Room & Farm Shop
Redmoor Lane
PE14 0RN

If you'd like to learn how to care for fruit trees we're offering Apple Tree Pruning Courses in January and February next year, bookings are now being taken. Find out more by clicking Pruning Apple Trees Course

You can also sponsor one of our Bramley Apple Trees for 2015, we have two sponsorship options available, one with orchard visits and fruit and one for those who are unable to visit us. Find out more about our Bramley Apple Tree Sponsorship by clicking Sponsor a Bramley Apple Tree.