Sunday, 31 August 2014

Happy At Work!

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We thought it would be nice to show you some of our happy bees and pollinators hard at work on the farm today. They are particularly enjoying foraging on the purple sprouting broccoli patch that has now gone to seed. But they are also to be found on the blackcurrants, late raspberries, strawberries, the Himalayan balsam and all the pumpkin and squash crops. Each batch of our honey is unique, and this current one in the shop is full of luscious berry flavours.

Our honey is unpasteurized so it retains all of it's enzymes and beneficial compounds that make raw honey so nutritious. Local honey is often used to treat allergies, most commonly hayfever although to get the benefit of this it needs to be eaten regularly. It also has anti-inflammatory, anti-fungal and antiseptic properties and it's often used to aid digestive problems. And when you have a sore throat or a cold, there is nothing better than a hot drink of water, freshly squeezed lemon and a spoonful of raw honey.

So come get some of our delicious and nutritious honey today!

Friday, 22 August 2014

Kale




Kale has been hyped as the latest 'superfood' and can often be found in bottled juices and smoothies. It's true that it has many health benefits - high in beta carotene, vitamin K, vitamin C, calcium and iron. It also contains sulforaphane, a chemical with potent anti-cancer properties. So we should all be eating it! It's also the perfect alternative to spinach in many dishes.

You may only have seen raw kale in the supermarket, shredded and in bags. And if you bought it there then you more than likely ate it and felt disappointed. Most customers we've talked to about this always complain that the kale tastes bitter. This is because kale becomes increasingly bitter the longer it is kept. It is at it's peak when it is freshly picked. Down on the farm we grow four different varieties of kale. It is harvested daily and we sell it from our farm shop.


One of the questions we get asked regularly in the farm shop is 'what do you do with it?'. If you've never cooked with it before we have a few tips and ideas. Firstly make sure you strip the leaves from the central stalk. Then it's easiest cooking methods are boiling or steaming. It takes less than five minutes.

On the farm we each have a favourite way to cook it:

Vicky - fried and then served with a little butter on the side.

Matt - fried in a little coconut oil.

Jeni - raw in smoothies (banana, pineapple juice, chopped pineapple, almond milk and a large handful of kale all whizzed up in a blender), fried on top of lentil soup and it makes a fantastic leek, cheese and kale tart. Oh and it's a seriously lovely pesto too!

To help you make the most of this delicious and nutritious veg, we've compiled a Pinterest board for you to check out some other ways of eating and cooking with kale. There are recipe ideas for everyone - quick one pot suppers, smoothies, pasta dishes, vegetarian and vegan.

But we'd love to hear how you like to eat it? And if you'd like to share your own recipe, then please tell us in the comments box below. If you'd like to know more about our kale or anything else we grow then please get in touch via the Contact Us page. Thanks!



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Thursday, 21 August 2014

Hello and Welcome




Hello and welcome to our blog! We hope you will enjoy visiting this space and reading about our farm. This is the place where we will show what we are currently harvesting, recipe suggestions, farm news and more than likely some pictures of dogs, chickens and ducks!

These are all photographs taken this week and show lots of our lovely produce.  If you look on the right hand side of this page you can see a complete list of what we are selling in our farm shop, all cut fresh daily. The list will be updated weekly.

If you would like to receive updates via email then please enter your address in the box on the side panel. You can also follow via Bloglovin' by clicking on the link. We are also on Facebook (go Like our page to get regular blog updates and Twitter and it is linked to the blog and posts will show there too. 

We'd love to hear from you regarding our posts via our comments box. These are currently moderated and will not automatically be published. This is simply down to eliminating spam so please don't think your comment has been rejected if it takes a bit of time to go live!

We'll aim to update the blog weekly. If you have any recipe suggestions using our produce then please get in touch as we'd love to feature them on the blog!

Thanks for reading.