Our Home Grown Produce
We enjoy the challenge of experimenting with new crops, so you will find that our selection below will continue to vary. The fresh produce available in Farm to Table will be completely dependent on seasonal availability.
We don’t use any spays or chemicals on our vegetables, we sow, weed and harvest them all by hand! You can also come and pick your own vegetables at the shop – you don’t get much fresher than that!
Pick your own is open all year, with the produce varying throughout the year. Pick your own tatties is a real hit with our customers!
- Salad potatoes – Charlotte – available to PYO
- Ware potatoes – Rooster, Saxon, Maris Piper
- Red & Green Cabbage
- Purple and Green Broccoli
- Red, golden, white and stripy Beetroot
- Orange, purple and white cauliflower
- Rainbow Chard
- Pak Choi
- Lettuce and Herbs
- Pumpkins and Squashes
- Cavolo Nero
- White and Purple Khol Rabi
- Spring Onion
- Brown and Red Onion
- Table peas
- Brussels sprouts
- Green and Purple Kale
- Edible flowers
We grow loads of varieties of pumpkins and squashes on the farm for our pumpkin event in October – our main crop is big orange ones perfect for carving and Halloween.
We also grow some culinary varieties which are delicious to eat, some warty ones, stripey ones, pink ones, white ones and some very weird ones! We love to trial new varieties too so there is something new every year!
We grow around 100 acres of potatoes each year on the farm. We grow seed potatoes which will be sold to other growers and eventually turned into crisps! The varieties we use for this are mainly Brooke and Shelford. We go through numerous inspections throughout the year to make sure our crops are free from disease and insects, as well as a traceability checks to prove we can track each potato back to the field it was grown in.
We also grow Ware potatoes which are eventually sold in the supermarkets. We have Maris Piper, Manitou, Charlotte and Saxon. We use some of these varieties to sell in the Spud Hut, along with Rooster which is grown especially for selling in the hut.
Our potatoes are planted in April time, inspected over the summer and harvested between September and October. We have some “early” ones so we can give our customers in the Spud Hut a year-round supply of our delicious tatties! We use our Grimmie trailed harvester on the back of one of our Fendt tractors to harvest the potatoes. There are four people in the harvester picking out any stones, clods or damaged potatoes, and they are then put into boxes on the back of our trailers to be stacked back on the farm.
Once we harvest our potatoes they are stored in big refrigerated sheds until they are ready to be graded and sold. Our fridges are powered by our Ground Source Heat Pump which was installed in 2019. It used the chill by-product from our grain drier to cool the store down to the perfect temperature to keep the potatoes in great condition. This method of cooling is powered 100% by renewable energy.
We harvest around 350 acres of Spring Barley each year at Westerton Farmers. Our barley is grown to meet specific criteria set by the maltsters who use our grains in the whisky making process. We have to be very careful to monitor the nitrogen levels, germination levels and moisture levels in the grain to make sure it produces the finest whisky.
The crops are sown in March/April (depending on the weather!) and harvested around the middle to end of August (Also depending on the weather!). The straw from the crop is either baled and sold to other farmers to use as livestock bedding, or it is chopped and ploughed back into the soil to increase the organic matter.
We are lucky enough to have the fantastic Fettercairn Distillery just 5 miles along the road, and some of our barley ends up in this distillery. From field to flask in just a few miles!
Around 100 acres of our farm is in winter wheat. Our Winter Wheat is used in the distilling process, which means it will eventually make drinks such as vodka and gin.
Our wheat is sown in the autumn time, and harvested around September the following year. The straw from the crop is either baled and sold to other farmers to use as livestock bedding, or it is chopped and ploughed back into the soil to increase the organic matter.
All of our grain which requires drying is put onto our floor drier system which was installed in 2019 with the help of local engineering firm Sandy Adams, electricians Stensons and our very skilled workforce here on the farm. This system is heated using our ground source heat pump. The pump runs glycol through a network of pipes under the ground, collecting the heat which is taken to an engine room – this is then distributed to the drier floor and other buildings on the farm. It means our grain is dried using 100% renewable energy, as the engine runs on electricity which we produce using roof mounted solar panels.
Working With the Community
Our Combine is a Claas Lexion 750 which has a 30 foot cutter bar that we purchased in 2016, along with two other local farming businesses. By working alongside our neighbours, this meant we were all able to make use of a bigger and better machine!
We have several other important machines on the farm – tractors, loaders, forklifts, harvesters, and ploughs to name a few – if you want to find our more about us please get in touch to arrange a farm tour by emailing Fiona@Westertonfamers.co.uk