CropsQuality Beef

Strathtyrum

Balgove Larder

The Cheape family have been the custodians of Strathtyrum since 1782, when James Cheape used the fruits of his labour on overseas trade to buy the house and estate. Previous to the Cheape family, there are records of Strathtyrum from 1125 whilst the Cheape family can be traced back from 1480 in Fife.

The land of Strathtyrum is divided into 3 main blocks, with farming operations all in-hand at Pusk Farm, Balmullo, Strathtyrum & Balgove Farms, St Andrews and Kippo & Hilleraye Farms, Kingsbarns. There is a further block of land at Middleton Farm, Kinross which is farmed under the business of Strathtyrum and Fossoway Farms. The farming is predominantly arable, which is run in conjunction with a small beef herd. Much of our grain is sold, through dealers, to satisfy demand within Fife whilst all of our beef is slaughtered in St Andrews to provide for our farm shop, The Balgove Larder.

The Balgove Larder was opened in 2010 and has quickly grown to become a recognised part of the food map of Fife. We have plans to extend the shop and café during the winter of 2012/ 13 to provide extra space and more suitable areas for displaying vegetables and other fresh produce.

The farming is undertaken with the ethos ‘live your life like you’re going to die tomorrow; farm your land like you’re going to live forever’, a theme which is also employed with property maintenance and refurbishment. Many of the houses, and general fabric of the farms, suffered a lack of capital investment during the 20th century, a trend which is slowly being reversed.

"The farming is undertaken with the ethos ‘live your life like you’re going to die tomorrow; farm your land like you’re going to live forever’"