Jane Brand of East Fortune Farm tells us that life on the farm continues to be very busy as they welcome the arrival of spring and prepare for the Easter holidays and their next lambing.

The winter lambing of the pedigree Hampshire Down flock at East Fortune Farm finished on New Year’s day, ably led by Ali, our farm manager and Grandpa Brand supported by our brilliant female duo, Diane and Louise (pictured right). Diane has been with us for two years, bringing lots of new skills and lambing tricks. It’s hard to believe that Louise was a legal executive specialising in family and criminal law. Life has changed for her, and she is now a key member of the team, working on the farm and in the farm shop. Our grass-fed lambs are grazing happily and maturing, ready for spring sale, in our farm shop and from selected stockists, including hotels and restaurants. 

The entire team at East Fortune Farm works incredibly hard to ensure the smooth running of the farm – from the management and wellbeing of our stock to nurturing the animals to ensure the highest quality of produce for our customers. Women are still massively under-represented in the world of farming. And, we’re delighted to have such a strong female team, including Granny Brand, Diane and Louise, who, alongside me, keep the farm going throughout the seasons. 

We’re currently looking ahead to our Hampshire Lleyn cross lambing in April, and to Grandpa Dick’s trepidation, the first ewe scanned showed she is carrying quadruplets! We have an additional 42 sets of twins, ten triplets and the remainder are singles, so we’re in for an eventful spring lambing. Thankfully, lambing falls during the school Easter holidays this year, so we will have the assistance of Uncle Jamie and my sons Ritchie and Robert – who will help out and take turns monitoring the lambing shed.

As we enjoy the longer daylight hours, spring feels like it’s just around the corner, and we’re busy gearing up for Easter. Easter is such a special time for many, and let’s hope, this year, we can look forward to gatherings with family and friends. Enjoying the longer evenings together and entertaining with delicious local produce aplenty. A leg of lamb is a show stopper for Sunday lunches, our lamb steaks work brilliantly on the BBQ and our Saddleback pork sausages are always a winner – any day of the week. You can shop online (delivery each Friday across East Lothian), select a click and collect or come along to the Farm Shop (which is open seven days) and see the stock for yourself. Don’t forget our veg shed is full of fresh produce, from tatties to carrots and everything in between, as well as lovely trimmings including chutneys and sauces produced in East Lothian.

If you’re looking for inspiration we feature delicious recipes on our website blog and have several recipe cards in our Farm Shop. Plus, we’re delighted to be working with David Jamieson, Estate Head Chef at Archerfield and Scotland’s Regional Food Tourism Ambassador for Scotland Food and Drink. David has been developing new menus for the Estate and is keen to show the local provenance and low food mileage on their menus. We’ll be bringing you more news on this soon. 

BRAND’S LARDER | East Fortune Farm, East Fortune, North Berwick EH39 5BT
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