Expanding the Roots Family...
Who would have thought over 100 years ago, when the first Mount started farming at Thorpe Farm, that the family would keep on growing, farming would continue to change in ways that my great grandparents would never understand and, I would be sat here explaining all of this to my very own daughter.
Since the family made the decision to stop milking and selling our livestock, we have concentrated on the arable side of the business and the supply of our potatoes and other vegetables on a larger scale than just from the farm gate. We started expanding by opening the shop in October 2008 and since then haven’t looked back.
When celebrating our 5th Birthday we added to the family with Rufus, Rupert and Reuben the alpacas, shortly followed by Ronnie and Reggie the naughty little goats. This along with the addition of coffee corner, the conversion of ‘The Parlour’ into meeting space and the addition of some lovely new staff – we thought our family seemed complete and was keeping us very busy – Until recently!!
I have always been passionate that we have strong family values in the shop, so people feel part of the Roots family, that the goats and alpacas are not just our pets but favourites of our shoppers and extensions of their family too. Both Fliss and myself have grown up surrounded by loving family, hence everything we do on the farm has this in mind. Even more so now, as I sit here writing as a Daddy; Overnight life as we knew it changed, obviously we knew it was going to happen, as it was, all of our best-laid plans went out of the window when our little one decided she wanted to make an early entrance, beating the royal baby by just one day.
Harriet Violet Mount (Hattie to her friends) entered our lives on Friday 1st May, and I will admit it was the most wonderful thing I have ever seen – admittedly I stayed at the head end, after a wise man told me if you stand in the wrong place this magical experience can be a bit like watching your favourite pub burn to the ground!! Instantly I knew that our lives would revolve around this beautiful little baby and family would have an even stronger meaning in all we do.
Just a couple of days before Hattie’s arrival we spent the day meeting new suppliers and there are some very exciting new products coming to the shop, as well as some additions to the coffee shop. All of the suppliers are much like us, family run businesses that often have diversified to keep themselves afloat but in to the process come up with some interesting, tasty, and amazing products. Keep your eyes peeled for these new arrivals. (I have Fliss ordering as I type – well she needs to keep busy, don’t want her forgetting what work is while she is having a baby holiday!)
Obviously, we will have Hattie working on the farm as soon as physically possible, I am already on the look out for a pink tractor and know she will be a whiz on the till in no time. Her arrival makes the school visits we have been doing seem even more important, so future generations understand the importance of farming and local produce. Our future plans to work closer with education bodies and even more local schools, the hatching of chicks to increase the farm brood and you never know maybe even the welcoming of new animals – although chicks and a baby maybe enough for the time being!
I best get back to doing some work – after a well-deserved cup of tea, as these sleepless nights and dirty nappies are just too much for this farmer.
See you soon at Roots
Don’t forget our Harvest Festival on Saturday 26th and Sunday 27th September, last year was decorated wellies – this year a scarecrow competition so get those thinking caps on ... all in aid of the Alzheimer’s Society and in conjunction with RABI.