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Rick Stein’s Food Stories


Rick Stein's Food Stories

Get a behind-the-scenes look at the glasshouse and AD plant in Carrington on Rick Stein’s Food Stories.

As part of his Lincolnshire-focused episode, Rick Stein visited Carrington Farm last year, where he was given guided tour by Sir James Dyson. Here he visited the glasshouse to learn more about our strawberry production and the technology we use, as well as the anaerobic digestor to understand how we use crops to generate energy.

Following his visit, the TV chef whipped up a strawberry sorbet recipe using our delicious berries.

You can watch Rick Stein’s Food Stories, Lincolnshire, on BBC iPlayer or on Wednesday 14 February, 6:30pm on BBC Two.

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Enjoy British-grown winter strawberries this Christmas


Strawberry trifle recipe

Looking for a Christmas pudding alternative this year? Start a new tradition with British Dyson Farming winter strawberries.

The strawberries, grown all year in our Carrington Glasshouse under LED lights and with heat generated by the adjacent anaerobic digestor, are available throughout the Christmas period and winter at selected Marks and Spencer stores across the UK.

Perfect on their own, with a glass of champagne or as part of your Christmas trifle.

Dyson Head Chef, Joe Croan, provides this show-stopping trifle recipe.

Dyson Farming Strawberry Trifle   Serves 4

Method

  1. For the strawberry coulis, wash, hull and quarter the strawberries, then place in the pan with the icing sugar and a squeeze of lemon and simmer until the strawberries are soft, which will take about 5 minutes. Blend until smooth.
  1. For the compote, soak the gelatine leaves in cold water until soft. Wash, hull and quarter the strawberries, place in a pan with the caster sugar and simmer for 5 minutes, remove the gelatine from the water and add to the pan, then allow to cool.
  1. For the custard, whisk the egg yolks, sugar and cornflour until thick, warm the double cream and whisk together. Place the mixture into a pan and gently stir until thicken, cook slowly for 3/5 minutes, stirring continuously, then leave to cool.
  1. For the trifle, cut the trifle sponges into even size pieces and place in the bottom of a glass bowl, add the strawberry compote and half the coulis, then add the custard and a layer of  whipped cream.
  1. Decorate the trifle with strawberries and remaining coulis.

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Ingredients

For the trifle

4 trifle sponges

150g Dyson Farming strawberries

For the strawberry coulis

130g Dyson Farming strawberries

50g icing sugar.

 

For the strawberry compote

300g Dyson Farming strawberries

1 tbs caster sugar

2 leaves of gelatine

 

For the custard

400ml double cream

½ vanilla pod, seeds scraped

6 eggs yolks

20g caster sugar

4 tsp cornflour

 

For the whipped cream

300ml double cream

Vanila paste to taste

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Dyson Farming at The Lincolnshire Show 2023

The Lincolnshire Show 2023

The Lincolnshire Show celebrated its 138th year last week, and we were proud to be there yet again.

This year, the Dyson Farming stand was bigger and better than ever. Having relocated to the Countryside Area, we expanded our offering at the show with a bigger tent, outdoor seating, and ride-on tractors to keep the little ones happy, providing a relaxed and welcoming feel overall.

Inside, our very own bar, crafted by our in-house joinery team, played a pivotal role in drawing people in. From free strawberries, grown in our Carrington glasshouse, to pea and mint ice cream, our samples were well received. Visitors were also welcome to use our outdoor space for picnics and respite from the sun on the glorious two days.

Our experts were on hand across both days to answer questions, listen to feedback and meet potential collaborators. Wednesday saw a drinks reception hosted by the executive team, helping give guests an insight into Dyson Farming and where we are headed, which proved extremely popular.

The Schools’ Challenge

Each year The Lincolnshire Show welcomes around 6,000 schoolchildren from across the county. Many schools take part in the Schools’ Challenge; something we were proud to sponsor for another year. The challenge gives children the opportunity to delve into the world of agriculture, food production, environment, and conservation, challenging their thinking to understand the importance of the issues we face and how their ideas and decisions could shape the future.

Children of all ages are invited to enter, with everything from nurseries to secondary schools taking part.

Dr Tom Storr, Research Agronomist at Dyson Farming, worked with Scampton Church of England Primary School, helping them understand the importance of soil structure and protecting the nutrients within, forming a key theme at their stand.

The 138th year

Organised by the Lincolnshire Agricultural Society, the show is in its 138th year. With an agricultural focus, the show has expanded to attract a wider audience, offering everything from livestock to aviation and horticulture to equine events and plenty of shopping.

Proceeds from the show are used to support the LAS’s educational work, which engages over 13,000 local children each year, educating them about farming, food, and the countryside.

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The Lincolnshire Show 2023

Come and find us at
The Lincolnshire Show 2023

The Lincolnshire Show takes place this week. This year our stand is bigger and better.

Our new location in the Countryside Area will mean that you can stop by for a chat, relax with some light refreshments and sample our showstopping strawberries.

Children will be able to learn how we produce energy from crops and whizz around on our mini electric tractors, while adults can plan their next rural retreat at one of our secluded locations. The recruitment team will be available if you’d like to know more about our latest vacancies or discuss potential future opportunities.

Our experts will be on hand for a chat about all things Dyson Farming – from food, energy, environment and research to leisure and recruitment. We’re also hosting a series of scheduled talks to give you an insight into different areas of the business. Talks are taking place on both days, at the times below:

10.00

Environment with Ian Willoughby

11.30

Strawberries, LEDs and energy generation with Angel Angelov and Lucie Redwood

13.30

Technology with Ed Ford

15.00

Soils and regenerative agriculture with Dr Tom Storr

We’re delighted to be sponsoring the Schools Challenge again this year, designed to link food, farming, community, environment, and sustainability to the National Curriculum. Head to the EXO Centre to find out what ideas this year’s schools have developed.

📆 21–22 June 2023
🕘 8.00 am – 6.00 pm
📍CS-12, Countryside Area

 

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FULLY BOOKED: LEAF Open Farm Sunday 2023


FULLY BOOKED: LEAF Open Farm Sunday 2023

Open Farm Sunday 2023 at Dyson Farming is now fully booked. Please keep an eye on our social media channels for information about any last-minute availability.

We’re welcoming you to Nocton Farm for LEAF Open Farm Sunday 2023 for a family day of exploring, tours and relaxation.

This year, we’re inviting you to discover more about the environmental work we do across the farm. From the Dunston Beck restoration project to nesting bird boxes and wildflower margins, see how we work in harmony with the wildlife across the farm every day. Join Ian Willoughby, our Environmental Coordinator, on a tractor and trailer tour around the farm to discover what we do.

We’re also opening the gates of Nocton Wood, with two self-guided walks (3km and 5km) to enjoy through the protected woodland. Discover more about the species that grow there and the wildlife that calls the wood home. Pick up an activity pack from The Hive to keep your little ones engaged, from collecting flora to creating detailed tree rubbings.

Back at The Hive, there’s plenty to keep you busy. Whether you’re tasting the Dyson Farming strawberries which are grown at our glasshouse in Carrington, or relaxing to the music on, what we hope will be, a glorious summer’s day.

Food and drink will also be on offer, including gourmet toasted sandwiches from Dancing Dungarees and something to drink from Ferry Ales Brewery. Complimentary tea and coffee will also be available throughout the day.

Our recruitment team will also be on hand to talk to anyone interested in joining Dyson Farming.

Secure your spot by clicking below. Spaces are limited for the guided tours – booking is essential.

📆 11 June 2023
🕘 10 am – 4 pm
💷 Free

📍 The Hive, LN4 2AY

 
 
 

LEAF Open Farm Sunday is a free event.

You can book up to 5 tickets as part of the checkout process.

Each tour will last approximately 1 hour.

The self-guided walks follows farm tracks that are uneven in places. The route is suitable for off-road pushchairs and motorised mobility scooters.

Yes – we are providing complimentary strawberries, tea and coffee throughout the day. There will also be a bar and gourmet toasties on offer if you are looking for something more.

Yes – there will be toilets located at The Hive.

Please note: There are no toilets on the self-guided walk or along the route of the environmental tour.

Yes – there is ample parking close to The Hive. Our team will be on hand to direct you during the day.

Please come dressed appropriately for the weather on the day of the event. The self-guided walk follows farm tracks that may be muddy following wet weather. Sturdy footwear is essential.

The self-guided walks are ideal for bringing your dog along. Dogs must be kept on leads at all times during your visit.

The tours are very popular and are likely to be fully booked, so there may not be space for dogs on the trailer.

Please keep an eye on our social media channels where you will find any information about changes to the event and cancellations.

We only open the wood to visitors at times when we will cause minimal disturbance to wildlife and our ongoing woodland management schemes.

Follow our social media channels to hear about future opportunities to explore this special place.

We’ll be taking photos and video throughout the day to use across our social channels and in marketing materials.

If you do not wish to be included, please speak to a member of our team.

If you have any more questions, please get in touch by emailing enquiries@dysonfarming.com

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Dyson Farming Leisure: Fishing at Stubton Farm

Dyson Farming Leisure: Fishing at Stubton Farm

Register for a Stubton Ponds membership by visiting https://stubtonfarm.clubmate.co.uk/register.

For more information about our ponds, email us at leisure@dysonfarming.com.

Our fishing ponds at Stubton Farm are opening on 1 May 2023, and memberships are on sale now.

With five ponds spread across the farm, Stubton Ponds are ideal for experienced anglers and those still new to the sport. Varying in size and location, our ponds each offer something different, from sheltered pegs to open, field-side spots.

Become a member

Memberships are on sale now with a special early bird discount for members who join before we launch.

Memberships include:

  • Exclusive, unlimited access, club members only (no day passes)
  • A dedicated booking app
  • Adjacent peg parking at some locations
  • A choice of five well-stocked ponds
  • Membership pack and baseball hat

Location

Postcode: NG23 5DA

Five ponds near the village of Stubton, a 15-minute drive from Newark-on-Trent.

For more information and to join, email leisure@dysonfarming.com.

FAQs

What are the ponds stocked with?

Our ponds are mixed fisheries, including carp, roach, rudd, bream, crucian carp, tench, gudgeon and perch. We have ponds that are predominantly carp and predominantly silver fish. On average, there are 1000lb+ of fish per acre.

How big are the ponds?

We have five ponds in total, including:

– 2 x 0.5-acre ponds, averaging 4-7’ in depth

– 1 x 1.2-acre pond, averaging 3-6’ in depth. This pond features an island

– 1 x 1.2-acre pond, averaging 3-7’ in depth

– 1 x 1-acre pond, averaging 3-6’ in depth

How many pegs are there?

There are 100 pegs across our five ponds.

Is there a limit on the number of rods per member?

Members must have their own rod licence and are allowed to fish with two rods at any one time.

How long will my membership last?

Memberships are annual, running from May – April each year.

Do the ponds close during fish spawning?

No, our ponds will remain open throughout times of spawning.

How do we care for the fish in our ponds?

We work closely with a fishery management consultancy.

All ponds feature a dipping station.

Can you retain the fish caught from our ponds?

No fish above 2lb to be kept in a keep net, up to a maximum of 50lb. Large carp can be kept in carp sacks for weighing and photograph purposes only. Unhooking mats must be used at all times.

No keepnets to be used in hot weather.

Are the ponds gated?

Our ponds can only be accessed with a unique code for each gate. Only members are allowed to fish with us.

Are day tickets available to fish our ponds?

No day tickets are available – only members are permitted to fish with us.

Is there a time limit per session?

Members are given unlimited access to the ponds between dawn and dusk all year round.

Will the ponds be open for night fishing?

No night fishing is permitted at Stubton Ponds.

Is parking available at each of the ponds?

Parking is available at all ponds. Peg-adjacent parking is only available in some locations at two of the ponds.

Are there any bait restrictions?

Anglers must use barbless hooks. The following baits cannot be used:

– Peanuts

– Cat food

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Easter egg hunt 2023

Easter egg hunt 2023

The Easter Bunny has a hole in his bag. He’s dropped nine eggs across our Nocton Estate, and we need your help to find them.

Collect the clues to find out our bunny’s name and when you’ve cracked the answer, hand your sheet in at The Estate Office to receive an Easter surprise.

The perfect activity for your Easter break, the Easter egg hunt is open from Monday 3 to Thursday 6 April, 10 am – 4 pm. Parking is available free of charge at Nocton Cricket Club, The Bridleway, LN4 2FH.

You can download your activity sheet here.

Please note: This is a self-guided event, starting at Nocton Cricket Club and ending at The Estate Office.

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Agroforestry at Little Steeping


Agroforestry at Little Steeping

The agroforestry scheme at Little Steeping continues to evolve and will benefit food crops, our soil and wildlife in the area.

This scheme forms part of our overall countryside stewardship initiative and sits alongside grass and wildflower margins, legume pollinator mixes, and wild bird covers.

The land at Little Steeping had not previously benefitted from stewardship, which has enabled us to identify a baseline on which future improvements can be measured. This baseline also allows an effective comparison to other areas of the farm, which have been under stewardship for many years.

As part of this agroforestry initiative, 622 apple trees have been planted within the conventionally cropped area. The apple trees include cider, eating and cooking varieties, giving us wider opportunities in the future. Around the outside, 300 elderflower trees have been planted to help protect the site while also providing a flower-rich nectar resource for insects. The flowers can also be harvested for cordial.

The site at Little Steeping is perfect for this scheme thanks to the north-south running square fields. This means that the cereal crops will not be subject to shade from the trees, therefore not inhibiting yields. The added benefits for invertebrates will, in turn, provide pollination and natural pest control services to the crop.

This 110-ha scheme is monitored for the presence and abundance of key species, giving us the ability to understand the value of environmental features and food production.

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Fright night at the farm

Fright night at the farm

There’s something spooky down at Nocton Wood – join us this Halloween and discover the story of Victoria.

Follow the path of Victoria’s final journey and discover the gruesome tale of her untimely end in the ancient woodland where her ghost remains to this day.

A spooky wander for Halloween night, look out for the bats speeding through the trees and swooping overhead. 

Spot The Nine Brethren – an ancient oak that once marked the boundary of the Augustinian Priory that stood nearby.

Once a main road through the wood, you’ll walk in the footsteps of highwaymen and monks, and follow the trails of lords and ladies making their way through the once dangerous area.

What will happen?

Arrive at The Hive and climb aboard our tour trailer from 4 pm to enjoy a tractor ride down to Nocton Wood. Here, you’ll be greeted with tales of the wood and the terrifying story of Victoria.

You’ll be given a map to help you find your way through the wood – a 30-40 minute trail through the darkness. Look out for a host of resident wildlife, from deer to bats.

You’ll meet the highwayman and other creepy characters on your way, so keep your wits about you or be in for a fright.

Spot the letters hidden amongst the trees to crack the code and earn a treat at the end of the night.

Once your walk is over, you’ll jump aboard the trailer for a ride back to The Hive where you’ll be able to enjoy hot drinks, hot dogs, and jacket potatoes, included in your ticket price.

Tickets

50% of your ticket price will be donated to Lincs and Notts Air Ambulance.

Adults: £12

Children: £5

Email enquiries@dysonfarming.com to book your place.

What you’ll need

🧟‍♀️ | A creepy costume

☔ | Waterproofs and suitable warm clothing

🥾 | Suitable footwear – boots or wellies are ideal

🔦 | A torch – your phone is fine, but remember you might need this to document your day

Where to go

🗺 | The Hive, Wasps Nest, LN4 2GR

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  • The paths through Nocton Wood are naturally uneven, making them unsuitable for wheelchair users as well as pushchairs. We apologise for any inconvenience caused.
  • Dogs are not permitted in the wood.
  • This is a family-friendly event, although due to the scary nature, it is important to take caution as you make your way around our path. Children must be supervised at all times.
  • As this event takes place after the clocks change, the sun is due to set at around 4.30 pm, which means visibility will be extremely poor in parts of the trail. Please bring a suitable torch with you to help you find your way.
  • Costumes are encouraged, although please be prepared for the seasonal weather conditions and please wear suitable footwear. The trail may be muddy in places.
  • This is a protected site so please be respectful of your surroundings and the wildlife in the area. Please take any rubbish out of the wood with you – bins are provided at The Hive.
  • Toilets are available at The Hive.
  • Photography is encouraged – share your photos with us on Instagram and Facebook @DysonFarming.
  • Please be mindful of the people around you.
  • Last entry is at 7 pm, with the final trailer returning from Nocton Wood at 7.45 pm.
  • The Hive remains open with food and refreshments available until 8 pm.
  • Parking is available at The Hive and is free of charge.
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