When we (Rob and Yvonne) took the plunge and moved to Spain, we decided to do something a little different from the norm so we bought a small holding (Finca) just outside of the small coastal town of Alcossebre on the Costa del Azahar (the orange blossom coast) This self contained, off grid idyll came with just over three acres of land and was managed by a local farmer called Bouche, who has since become a great friend. With more than a hundred Mandarin trees and a few Naval orange trees we really had our work cut out but we hadn’t got a clue how to farm, we were townies from Wigston in Leicester!
Over the subsequent years and with much help from Bouche we have become somewhat better at looking after our wonderful retreat and have met many lovely people, particularly since we struck on the idea of starting the quintessentially British tradition of Self Pick. However, instead of the usual strawberries in July it’s predominantly the freshest, sweetest mandarins and oranges from November to February. With many nationalities coming up on a regular basis to pick, to eat and even to enjoy a good old mug of Yorkshire tea!
Since December 2018 and quite by accident we have become a farm shop, sourcing locally grown produce in season. With homemade hot soup, sausage rolls and cakes regularly available, as well as hand raised pork pies to Dickinson and Morris Melton Mowbray pork pie recipe and traditional Cornish pasties and Rob´s own recipe scotch eggs. We have also started to serve lunches with salads fresh from the field, English breakfasts and much more besides. Why not pop in to see us and check out our seasonal menu. We are open Thursday to Saturday from eleven until three and look forward to personally welcoming you, your family and friends. During 2019 from May to November we were filmed for series 5 Channel 4's 'A New Life in the Sun' We had such fun in the making of the programme and have become really good friends with 'Phil the Film', our name for our camera man. Our four days went out at the end of January in 2020, episodes sixteen to nineteen if you would like to catch up with us on More 4.
Please do let us have suggestions of produce you would like to see us stock and we will do our best to locally source these also.Thank you for your support, we are genuinely extremely grateful.
Due to Covid 19 we closed down and are in early preparations to re open.
Please all stay safe,
Rob N Von
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