Chamomile harvest is over for another year, and what a year it has been!  The very dry spring meant the chamomile did not start growing until late in the season, followed by the heatwaves of June (remember those!) the flowers reached full bloom very quickly.

Sunny Summer Days

We had splendid weather for our Open Week at the beginning of July.  Thank you to all who came, we hope you enjoyed the peace and tranquillity of the field as well as the home-made refreshments.  This year we had a new treat for you, Chamomile Ice Cream, especially made for us by Caroline’s Dairy.  This was so well received that we sold out twice!  A truly local product you could even see the cows who provided the milk in the field further down the lane!

Charlotte’s soft toy sale raised £60.00 for St Wilfrid’s Hospice – a big Thank You to everyone who bought a toy.

A change in the weather

As soon as we said “Goodbye” to our last visitors we were preparing for the chamomile harvest, which got off to a great start with dry, sunny weather, but as we finished Glebe field on the North side of the road so the rain started and played havoc with the harvest in Cottage field.  The weather towards the end of July was so bad we volunteered the field to the Sidlesham Church fete as the vicarage meadow would have been turned into a quagmire.  In true British style locals and visitors turned up in the pouring rain and had a good time in spite of the weather.

Harvest over

We finished cutting and processing last Saturday morning.  I think we’ll be missed by our resident buzzards who kept me company mowing and picking up, catching the field voles that the machinery uncovered.  The house martins and swallows also love the mower as it disturbs the insects in the crop.  I tried to capture their aerial agility in the video below.

We’ll be open again next year – keep an eye on the website for dates and times – and remember – all of our personal care and home products are available online, take a look at our  shop.


Chamomile Harvest finished at last!