ROBSON & MURDIE SKYE LOCAL PRODUCE
We grow a range of vegetables, herbs and soft fruits on our croft in the North West of Skye.
All our produce is grown free from pesticides and artificial fertilizers.
We are members of Scottish Crofting Produce
With the help of two polytunnels we are able to produce crops from April through to late September, or even in a good year, into October.
We begin with asparagus in late April through to the summer solstice.
Other crops, depending on the
We offer new season garlic – a completely different experience from the dried up and tired heads which are usually on offer in the shops.
From late May/early June to early July we have strawberries which we grow in the polytunnels, directly in the ground in seaweed fed soils. They are not force fed, but are allowed to grow naturally.
Sugar snap peas are usually ready in late June. We may have beetroots which include golden, Chioggia and plain red varieties. Red and white spring onions are usually ready at this time also.
By July, green crops and salads are ongoing and herbs including basil, rosemary, Greek oregano, French tarragon and broad-leaved thyme are abundant. Parsley is available later in the year. Globe artichokes are ready at this time. By mid to late July, the summer crops are beginning to fruit. We have courgettes, cucumbers, and the first of our tomatoes.
This year we have concentrated on producing a colourful array of cherry tomatoes – including white, yellow, orange, red, and chocolate brown. We also have a standard size dark pink plum tomato which is really delicious, and a heritage variety known as either Black Krim, or Black Russian, which is a meaty tomato with a superb taste. In previous years we have produced a range of heritage tomatoes. All are pretty special and offer a different and tastier tomato than can be found in the supermarkets.
We have some raspberries from late summer and it is at this time we begin to harvest calabrese, cabbages, and our early potatoes which are usually the variety Anya. French beans are another crop that we grow.
We add our own compost and source organic farm manure to build our soils and maintain nutrients, achieve a good and healthy soil structure, and of course ensure it contains plenty of worms. We also use seaweed, comfrey and nettles to feed the plants during the summer.
We leave parcels of wild flowers and grasses to flourish about the croft and in our small woodland to feed the wild bees, who also feed on the flowering shrubs, bushes and trees. This is extremely important to us. In the early spring we allow some winter crops to go to flower in the polytunnels so that the bees can get some food despite inclement weather.
We have planted bird-friendly hedges which provide shelter both for us and the birds, and provide a feast of berries in the autumn for our avian residents and visitors.
We have a small flock of Hebridean sheep and fleeces are for sale at £5.00 – handspinners take note! A range of garments have been made from the wool of our sheep including jumpers, hats and bootees.