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Salad Nicoise made with Goose eggs

Goose Egg Salad Niçoise

As the geese come to the end of their laying season, we still have goose eggs for sale.  About 3 times the size of chickens eggs, they are a meal in themselves.

Last night we had salad niçoise for tea. One goose egg per adult, soft boiled (boil the eggs for about 15 minutes to get a lovely soft boiled egg with a creamy yolk)

You can buy online or from the door. We take contactless payments.

Local collection only.

Fresh Goose Eggs Laid by Our Geese

£2.00

Goose eggs are truly distinctive being almost three times the size of a hen’s egg!  We have three girls that when laying, produce on average 1 egg a day between them.

Price is per egg, minimum order of 2 eggs.

CLICK & COLLECT Only.  You will be asked to choose a collection time at the checkout.

Sorry, we do not post eggs, however, you can buy from the door. We take contactless payments only.

6 in stock

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Having a more pronounced flavour than a hens egg, but slightly milder than a duck egg.  A Goose egg is simply a meal in itself eaten boiled, scrambled, or fried and shared.  As with all eggs they can be used as an ingredient in baked dishes such as gratins and quiches or as the base for the finest Yorkshire pudding. Our Geese lay their eggs between Spring and early Summer by free roaming in our fields. With access to grass all year round and free to roam, they produce the most delightful eggs with deep orange yolks!

Uses for Goose Eggs

Goose eggs can be used in exactly the same way as chicken eggs.  The only difference is their size.  About 3 to 4 times the weight of a chicken egg, they can be used in cooking in the same way.  If a recipe is asking for 3 eggs, one goose egg may do. Examples of use for goose eggs:
  • Soft boiled:  To get a nice runny soft boiled goose egg, boil for 6 minutes. Read more here ….
  • Hard boiled:  Boil for about 8 to 10 minutes to get a hard boiled egg, and use in the normal way.
  • Blowing:  Its great fun for kids to blow goose eggs and then paint and decorate them, especially around easter time.  Use the egg blown out of the shell to make scrambled egg or omelette.

About Our Geese

Our Geese are kept naturally, predominantly eating fresh grass.  In February, in preparation for egg laying, we may supplement their feed with a premium quality specialist goose breeders feed. At this time of year, the grass can be low in nutrition, and supplementing their feed provides necessary minerals and vitamins in preparation for the laying season and the number of goose eggs they can produce. Unlike many keepers of geese,  we feed all of our birds on quality premium food, containing natural ingredients that contain no Genetically Modified crops or chemical additives.
Geese fed naturally on grass - Do not feed the geese
Geese fed naturally on grass – Do not feed the geese

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    Recycle & Re-use Jars & Egg Boxes

    We reuse and recycle egg boxes and our glass jars at Chilcotts Farm

    We are always grateful for clean half dozen egg boxes & the return of our glass jars for re-use

    Recycle Glass Jars


    After you have finished with your honey, jam, chutney or pickle, we can re-use the undamaged jars.

    12oz Hexagonal Jars (Our Jams and Honey)

    8oz Hexagonal Jars (Our Chutney, Pickle and Curds)

    Unfortunately, we can only accept the types of jars we sell.

    The lids can not be re-used, so are sent for recycling, but the glass jars are washed, cleaned and sterilised prior to being refilled with our delicious preserves and honey.

    So if you have bought our preserves or honey, rather than throwing the jar away, just drop it off at Chilcotts Farm the next time you are passing.

    Thank you!


    We Recycle Re-use our Jam jars at chilcotts farm
    We re-use and recycle egg boxes at Chilcotts Farm

    Recycle Your Egg Boxes


    To reduce the impact on the environment, we can re-use half dozen egg boxes.

    Whether egg boxes from us or used egg boxes from the supermarket, we can re-use them.

    We can only use egg boxes that are clean & undamaged, but at the end of their life, any egg boxes we can't re-use we compost.

    When passing Chilcotts Farm, just drop them off.

    Thank you!


    Availability

    Normally available February to June, Seasonal

    Life Style

    Access to Grass All Year Round, Given Free Range to Roam

    Origin

    Produced in Devon, United Kingdom

    Weight

    Average weight approximately 160 grams each

    Allergy Advice

    Eggs

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    Chicken Duck Goose Egg Size Comparison

    Goose Eggs for Sale!

    We have goose eggs for sale.  About 3 times the size of chickens eggs, they are a meal in themselves.

    You can buy online or from the door. We take contactless payments only.

    Two goose eggs laid at the beginning of March
    Two goose eggs laid at the beginning of March

    Local collection only.

    Fresh Goose Eggs Laid by Our Geese

    £2.00

    Goose eggs are truly distinctive being almost three times the size of a hen’s egg!  We have three girls that when laying, produce on average 1 egg a day between them.

    Price is per egg, minimum order of 2 eggs.

    CLICK & COLLECT Only.  You will be asked to choose a collection time at the checkout.

    Sorry, we do not post eggs, however, you can buy from the door. We take contactless payments only.

    6 in stock

    SKU: 10003 Categories: , , Tags: , , ,

    Having a more pronounced flavour than a hens egg, but slightly milder than a duck egg.  A Goose egg is simply a meal in itself eaten boiled, scrambled, or fried and shared.  As with all eggs they can be used as an ingredient in baked dishes such as gratins and quiches or as the base for the finest Yorkshire pudding.

    Our Geese lay their eggs between Spring and early Summer by free roaming in our fields. With access to grass all year round and free to roam, they produce the most delightful eggs with deep orange yolks!

    Uses for Goose Eggs

    Goose eggs can be used in exactly the same way as chicken eggs.  The only difference is their size.  About 3 to 4 times the weight of a chicken egg, they can be used in cooking in the same way.  If a recipe is asking for 3 eggs, one goose egg may do.

    Examples of use for goose eggs:

    • Soft boiled:  To get a nice runny soft boiled goose egg, boil for 6 minutes. Read more here ….
    • Hard boiled:  Boil for about 8 to 10 minutes to get a hard boiled egg, and use in the normal way.
    • Blowing:  Its great fun for kids to blow goose eggs and then paint and decorate them, especially around easter time.  Use the egg blown out of the shell to make scrambled egg or omelette.

    About Our Geese

    Our Geese are kept naturally, predominantly eating fresh grass.  In February, in preparation for egg laying, we may supplement their feed with a premium quality specialist goose breeders feed.

    At this time of year, the grass can be low in nutrition, and supplementing their feed provides necessary minerals and vitamins in preparation for the laying season and the number of goose eggs they can produce.

    Unlike many keepers of geese,  we feed all of our birds on quality premium food, containing natural ingredients that contain no Genetically Modified crops or chemical additives.

    Geese fed naturally on grass - Do not feed the geese
    Geese fed naturally on grass – Do not feed the geese

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      Recycle & Re-use Jars & Egg Boxes

      We reuse and recycle egg boxes and our glass jars at Chilcotts Farm

      We are always grateful for clean half dozen egg boxes & the return of our glass jars for re-use

      Recycle Glass Jars


      After you have finished with your honey, jam, chutney or pickle, we can re-use the undamaged jars.

      12oz Hexagonal Jars (Our Jams and Honey)

      8oz Hexagonal Jars (Our Chutney, Pickle and Curds)

      Unfortunately, we can only accept the types of jars we sell.

      The lids can not be re-used, so are sent for recycling, but the glass jars are washed, cleaned and sterilised prior to being refilled with our delicious preserves and honey.

      So if you have bought our preserves or honey, rather than throwing the jar away, just drop it off at Chilcotts Farm the next time you are passing.

      Thank you!


      We Recycle Re-use our Jam jars at chilcotts farm
      We re-use and recycle egg boxes at Chilcotts Farm

      Recycle Your Egg Boxes


      To reduce the impact on the environment, we can re-use half dozen egg boxes.

      Whether egg boxes from us or used egg boxes from the supermarket, we can re-use them.

      We can only use egg boxes that are clean & undamaged, but at the end of their life, any egg boxes we can't re-use we compost.

      When passing Chilcotts Farm, just drop them off.

      Thank you!


      Availability

      Normally available February to June, Seasonal

      Life Style

      Access to Grass All Year Round, Given Free Range to Roam

      Origin

      Produced in Devon, United Kingdom

      Weight

      Average weight approximately 160 grams each

      Allergy Advice

      Eggs

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      Capped honey in the comb

      Bickington & Fremington Devon Honey For Sale

      We have jarred up this year’s Summer 2020 Honey which is now for sale. Collected and produced by our bees. The girls have again done us proud, the runny honey tastes delicious. Although it will probably crystallise over time (as all naturally produced honey does), when it goes solid, we provide instructions on how to make it liquid again.

      Local Bickington & Fremington Honey

      £6.00

      We have now sold all our 2020 Honey.  If you want to know when next year’s honey is available, sign up to our Honey newsletter.

      All our local honey is produced by our bees and harvested using craft skills and traditional methods. Our bees are located in our fields between Bickington and Fremington, just on the outside of Barnstaple, North Devon.

      Buy online, CLICK & COLLECT  (Orders can be placed for EX31, EX32, EX33 or EX39 postcodes)

      Or knock and buy from the door.  We take contactless card payments up to £45  chilcotts farm takes mastercard visa maestro Find us here .,,,,

      Sorry we do not offer retail or quantity discounts.

      Out of stock

      Flavour

      In our opinion, the local honey shows the characteristics of a traditional English honey, smooth but floral with hints of fudge and citrus.

      Granulated Honey

      All natural and unprocessed honey will crystallise over time.  Depending on which flowers the bees have been visiting will depend on how quickly the honey granulates or goes solid.  Processed liquid honey bought in the super market, is treated to stop granulation.  This is often done through heating the honey.  This process destroys the natural properties of the honey removing the benefits and altering the taste.

      At Chilcotts Farm our honey is Pure and Untreated.  All we do is filter our honey after it has been extracted.

      The fact that honey crystallises and granulates, is the best evidence that you have a quality pure product.  However, if you prefer liquid honey you can restore it to a liquid state by gently heating the honey.  To do this:

      1. Loosen the lid of the jar, and stand the honey jar in a bowl of hot water.
      2. Gently stir the honey until the honey becomes liquid again.

      Find out More About Our Honey

      If you want to know more about our Honey click here.

      Newsletter

      Want to know when we have honey?

      Subscribe to our email list and we will let you know when we have honey available.

      Honey maybe available late spring or September depending on the season. We will let you know.

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        Recycle & Re-use Jars & Egg Boxes

        We reuse and recycle egg boxes and our glass jars at Chilcotts Farm

        We are always grateful for clean half dozen egg boxes & the return of our glass jars for re-use

        Recycle Glass Jars


        After you have finished with your honey, jam, chutney or pickle, we can re-use the undamaged jars.

        12oz Hexagonal Jars (Our Jams and Honey)

        8oz Hexagonal Jars (Our Chutney, Pickle and Curds)

        Unfortunately, we can only accept the types of jars we sell.

        The lids can not be re-used, so are sent for recycling, but the glass jars are washed, cleaned and sterilised prior to being refilled with our delicious preserves and honey.

        So if you have bought our preserves or honey, rather than throwing the jar away, just drop it off at Chilcotts Farm the next time you are passing.

        Thank you!


        We Recycle Re-use our Jam jars at chilcotts farm
        We re-use and recycle egg boxes at Chilcotts Farm

        Recycle Your Egg Boxes


        To reduce the impact on the environment, we can re-use half dozen egg boxes.

        Whether egg boxes from us or used egg boxes from the supermarket, we can re-use them.

        We can only use egg boxes that are clean & undamaged, but at the end of their life, any egg boxes we can't re-use we compost.

        When passing Chilcotts Farm, just drop them off.

        Thank you!


        Availability

        Normally available in August or September

        Allergy Advice

        May help pollen allergies

        Origin

        Produced in Devon, United Kingdom

        Ingredients

        Pure Filtered Unadluterated Honey

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        Bees cleaning honey from the boot of a car

        What do you do if you spill honey in your car?

        Hmmmmmm slight problem. 5Kg of honey spilled in the boot of the car. Problem ….. how do you clean up the sticky mess?

        A frightful mess, and a real waste of this precious harvest. This honey was destined to be fermented and become mead. However during transportation, the bucket turned over and ended up all over the boot of the car and a load of honey jars.

        PANIC! How do you clear up this sticky mess. Instinct was to get the carpets out the car and hose them down. Worried about how the carpets would cope with water, as much of the honey as possible was scarped up and scooped into a bucket.

        After this, we put the bees to work! (Strictly, as a beekeeper this is not good practice! It can spread disease between hives…. but needs must) The boot of the car was left open, and whatever could be removed, from the car was left sheltered in the garage.

        Within minutes, the bees from the hives were coming to recover the honey. Pools of honey had been cleared within an hour. 24 hours later, the interior of the car had virtually been cleared. None of the sticky residue was left. Quite amazing.

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        Local Devon Honey Spring 2020

        Bickington & Fremington Devon Honey For Sale

        We have jarred up this year’s first batch of honey (Spring 2020), which is now for sale. Collected and produced by our bees. This spring honey is still runny and floral. Although it will probably crystallise over time (as all naturally produced honey does), when it goes solid, we provide instructions on how to make it liquid again.

        Local Bickington & Fremington Honey

        £6.00

        We have now sold all our 2020 Honey.  If you want to know when next year’s honey is available, sign up to our Honey newsletter.

        All our local honey is produced by our bees and harvested using craft skills and traditional methods. Our bees are located in our fields between Bickington and Fremington, just on the outside of Barnstaple, North Devon.

        Buy online, CLICK & COLLECT  (Orders can be placed for EX31, EX32, EX33 or EX39 postcodes)

        Or knock and buy from the door.  We take contactless card payments up to £45  chilcotts farm takes mastercard visa maestro Find us here .,,,,

        Sorry we do not offer retail or quantity discounts.

        Out of stock

        Flavour

        In our opinion, the local honey shows the characteristics of a traditional English honey, smooth but floral with hints of fudge and citrus.

        Granulated Honey

        All natural and unprocessed honey will crystallise over time.  Depending on which flowers the bees have been visiting will depend on how quickly the honey granulates or goes solid.  Processed liquid honey bought in the super market, is treated to stop granulation.  This is often done through heating the honey.  This process destroys the natural properties of the honey removing the benefits and altering the taste.

        At Chilcotts Farm our honey is Pure and Untreated.  All we do is filter our honey after it has been extracted.

        The fact that honey crystallises and granulates, is the best evidence that you have a quality pure product.  However, if you prefer liquid honey you can restore it to a liquid state by gently heating the honey.  To do this:

        1. Loosen the lid of the jar, and stand the honey jar in a bowl of hot water.
        2. Gently stir the honey until the honey becomes liquid again.

        Find out More About Our Honey

        If you want to know more about our Honey click here.

        Newsletter

        Want to know when we have honey?

        Subscribe to our email list and we will let you know when we have honey available.

        Honey maybe available late spring or September depending on the season. We will let you know.

        LOCATION

        CONTACT US

        Please complete the contact form below.







          Your Name (required)

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          Recycle & Re-use Jars & Egg Boxes

          We reuse and recycle egg boxes and our glass jars at Chilcotts Farm

          We are always grateful for clean half dozen egg boxes & the return of our glass jars for re-use

          Recycle Glass Jars


          After you have finished with your honey, jam, chutney or pickle, we can re-use the undamaged jars.

          12oz Hexagonal Jars (Our Jams and Honey)

          8oz Hexagonal Jars (Our Chutney, Pickle and Curds)

          Unfortunately, we can only accept the types of jars we sell.

          The lids can not be re-used, so are sent for recycling, but the glass jars are washed, cleaned and sterilised prior to being refilled with our delicious preserves and honey.

          So if you have bought our preserves or honey, rather than throwing the jar away, just drop it off at Chilcotts Farm the next time you are passing.

          Thank you!


          We Recycle Re-use our Jam jars at chilcotts farm
          We re-use and recycle egg boxes at Chilcotts Farm

          Recycle Your Egg Boxes


          To reduce the impact on the environment, we can re-use half dozen egg boxes.

          Whether egg boxes from us or used egg boxes from the supermarket, we can re-use them.

          We can only use egg boxes that are clean & undamaged, but at the end of their life, any egg boxes we can't re-use we compost.

          When passing Chilcotts Farm, just drop them off.

          Thank you!


          Availability

          Normally available in August or September

          Allergy Advice

          May help pollen allergies

          Origin

          Produced in Devon, United Kingdom

          Ingredients

          Pure Filtered Unadluterated Honey

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          Jarring up natural local honey

          Sticky Morning

          This morning has been spent jarring up some of this year’s spring honey. The hives have done really well, building up the colony, but also out and about collecting and abundance of nectar.

          Now onto labelling and getting out for sale.

          Roll on the summer honey flow!

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          Wild brood comb in a bee hive

          Wild comb

          Last year I housed a honey bee swarm I collected from the local area. On returning, I put the swarm into a new hive with about half the intended frames I had to hand. I needed to assemble more and intended to put the remaining frames in the following day.

          However, I didn’t get the chance to return to the hive for a couple of days. At this point the colony had drawn wild comb which was hanging from the crown board (the lid on the top of the hive).

          In a dilemma, I decided to leave the hive until the following season and sort it out then.

          Yesterday, was the day. In the main picture you can see 5 pieces of wild comb. Each of these were packed with brood (growing baby bees).

          I took three pieces of the wild comb and attached each piece into a frame using elastic bands (not sure how this will work). I then transferred these to a new hive with new frames. The new hive was put back in the same place as the original hive.

          I couldn’t find the queen, but hopefully she was somewhere amongst the existing frames or was brushed off into the new hive as I removed each piece of wild comb.

          Now all tidy and manageable, the hive can be easily inspected. Next week, I will go in and see if I can find the queen or evidence that she is still laying.

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          Lauder & Smith brick circa 1876

          Barnstaple History

          We have done a lot of work to the house and the out buildings. Moving a lot of stone, roof tiles and bricks we have discovered all sorts of things, including little pockets of history.

          Most of the bricks and roof tiles which were stacked up appeared to have been from outbuildings that had fallen into ruin. Most of the bricks and tiles were unmarked or branded. Interestingly we have found a batch of roof tiles & the odd brick stamped with Lauder & Smith Brick & Tile Works, Barnstaple.

          Lauder & Smith Roof Tile circa 1876
          Lauder & Smith Roof Tile circa 1876

          It turns out this tile works was about 3 miles away from Chilcotts Farm in an area of Barnstaple called Pottington. The pottery was in business for 38 years from 1876 to 1914.

          I am guessing the start of the First World War in 1914, was the reason for the demise of the company.

          We haven’t researched the age of the property, but we thought it was mid 1800s. The farm house, isn’t built of bricks, but rather a rubble construction with render. I am guessing the Lauder & Smith bricks and tiles were brought in at a later date and used for an outbuilding.

          Lauder & Smith brick circa 1876
          Lauder & Smith brick circa 1876
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          Happbee Easter - Bee themed Easter egg

          Happbee Easter!

          Happbee Easter!!!!! The bees are doing fab lately.

          The fine weather has meant they can get out and gather nectar and pollen. The colonies have built up really well and already very large and storing lots of honey.

          Fingers crossed, it is going to be a good year for the bees!

          We currently have some of last season’s honey for sale, but currently with lock down, can not sell it 🙁

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