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  • Winter vegetables are usually some of the least popular members of the vegetable family. Unfortunately many are over cooked or plain badly which is almost criminal if it puts kids off eating healthy veg. Especially when the likes of leeks and swedes nurture us all the way through the cold and the dark winter and […]

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  • I have given up take-away coffee since I realised that the cups can’t be recycled, and now that we have such a plastics problem, am trying to cut down. Like most people I did not realise that take-away cups contained plastic and am really annoyed that nothing has been done by government or the big […]

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  • The mighty soup and they hearty stew. Winter’s two perfect warmers that come in all colours and flavours and perfect for the post Christmas budget and diet. What a great food, cold, hot, sweet or sour, a starter or main course, soup has it all. Soup can use up leftovers, or provide a great way to […]

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  • As it is time for new year’s resolutions here are a few ideas on Food resolutions for 2018. Eat less meat Meat tastes great and it is nearly all the favourite foods we eat from a curry to a roast, to a bacon sandwich. All the experts say however, that we eat too much and […]

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  • It is that time of year again where everyone, quite rightly, decides it’s detoxing time after the Christmas and new year feasting and drinking. Apparently the average person can consume as much as 7,000 calories on Christmas Day, three and a half times the recommended daily intake for a woman. With the celebrations before and […]

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  • As I was brought up by war children I hate waste, and find throwing away left overs too painful, especially in this time of excess. So here are some tips and links on how to use up, or transform, some of your beautifully cooked, but left over food, in to delicious meals. Please note that […]

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  • The newspapers are saying that Christmas dinner will be more expensive this year due to the weakness of the pound, yet the wholesale price of many vegetables in down by 30-50%. Are we, or the farmers, being ripped off? If we buy UK grown produce should the value of the pound effect us? Many newspapers […]

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  • Christmas is getting close and loved ones need lovely presents. This can be very difficult so we have put together lots of ideas for you below. From Hampers, cheeses, coffee, herbal tea and all kinds of courses to natural products like soap or even a homemade hamper of your own. Here are a few Christmas present […]

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  • Who has picked the short straw this year and has to cater for the whole family? A few people love it, some take it in their stride while others despair with the responsibility. So why not share the chefing. Get each guest to make something for the big feast, or weekend. This should be a […]

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  • Have your organised your Turkey, Goose, beef, ham or veges for the big day yet? There are lots of farmers in the UK offering real, additive free, high animal welfare, free range meat direct from the farm. So please check our Local Food map or Turkey map to find the best meat. Here are some […]

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  • We have been curing meat to preserve it since the Stone Age either, drying, salting, smoking or even pickling.  Bacon and ham are probably our most popular but like any modern food most curing processes have been mechanised and chemicals added. Most of these processes result in the meat being preserved very quickly using large amounts […]

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  • Please be careful when buying pork. They are the most intelligent animals in the farm yard and should be treated humanely. And not contain antibiotics. Unfortunately labelling is very inaccurate and free-range, outdoor reared and outdoor-bred, not to mention organic, may not be what you are buying. The trouble is pigs, like chickens, can grow […]

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  • We have a farm shop on our Christmas Turkey Map that offers premium free range Turkeys as well as a ‘standard’ turkey that is around £22 cheaper for the same size. The owner wants to offer his customers choice and hopes they will understand the difference between the two birds. Some people say that once […]

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  • The sausage has always been a classic British staple. It took a turn for the worst with Wall’s hot sausages in the 1970’s and tinned processed sausages. The last 20 years has seen a real renaissance in sausage making. As well as the cuts and varieties of pork used. We now have a huge variety […]

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  • What better way is there to celebrate Christmas than get the family round the table for a big feast. A great feast needs a centre piece and a great story. The supermarket ‘frozen section’ pales to insignificance compared to buying a real, traditional breed, slow growing, naturally fed, dry plucked, hung, free range, or open-barn […]

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  • It is that time of year again when we start to see bright orange blobs lining our fields and filling the shops. Pumpkins are becoming big business in the UK and most farmers only produce pumpkins for Halloween, with millions making their way to shop shelves to be carved into Jack O’Lanterns. It seems a […]

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  • From the fishermen who catch the fish, fish mongers who sell their produce, to the chefs who create excellent creations for you, seafood is a fantastic healthy alternative to the midweek food drag. By eating just two portions of seafood per week helps support the British seafood industry and is a healthy and fast meal […]

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  • Whatever the weather we would promote a roast any time of year, a great meal for getting the family together, round the table. No phones or TV, just a great time to catch up and celebrate great food. ‘Roasts’ should never mean that vegetarians are left out. A really good roast should have plenty of […]

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  • British Food Fortnight is now in its 15th year! Post Brexit we hope even more people demand British, and even better, local! With every type of food so readily available all year round, it is easy to lose track of the seasons and come to expect that we’ll be able to find everything from tomatoes […]

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  • We have fresh peas and beans in the summer, a must for grow your own enthusiasts, then ‘pulses’ or dried peas and beans for the whole year. High in protein and nutrients we can easily live off these foods. A shame that thousands of acres are grown in the UK, then much exported. It seems […]

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  • Potatoes are cheap, nutritious and naturally fat free. Great, versatile, food. A natural source of fibre and contribute to your recommended daily intake of several vitamins and minerals, including vitamin C and B6. Vitamin B6 has several important functions, including contributing to normal red blood cell formation, normal functioning of the nervous system and the […]

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  • For those of you lucky enough to have our own orchard, or community one, September doesn’t spell the end of summer but the start of jam and chutney season. The perfect time of year to enjoy the best of British bounty! For those of you who don’t have the luxury of growing your own try foraging […]

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  • Superfood Beetroot grows incredibly well in our green and pleasant land. Enjoy it roasted, turned into crisps, in a salad, on a burger or pickle/kimchi it for next year. It is particularly good for Kimchi as it usually has loads of sugars and yeast to break down other veg you might add. Beetroot is certainly […]

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  • Dairy is one of our most important food groups and also one of our most versatile. It participates in so many recipes disguised as cheese, milk, cream and butter bringing life to our tables three (or more) times a day. It’s good for us and tastes fantastic regardless of what form it takes. Here are […]

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  • According to a feature on BBC Countryfile the answer is yes! (Watch again here.) We should eat Dartmoor Ponies to help sustain Dartmoor’s ecosystem, baby cows because the males are shot at birth, and Rare Breed Livestock to insure farmers continue to breed them. Sounds wrong, I know. Firstly ponies; A quick survey completed when […]

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  • Apples and pears are now ripening on the trees ready for this years harvest. Apples and pears grow world wide and there are hundreds of varieties. Yet the supermarkets only stock 12, and recent news shows that some apples may be a year old by the time we eat them! Each variety has its purpose; […]

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  • It’s time for sweet corn! Delicious British grown corn can be found everywhere this time of year. A versatile and delicious food that you can have any which way. Corn on the cob with butter and pepper, Barbecued with paprika or dried out and turned into posh popcorn on the cob. How ever you like it […]

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  • The new, shared, BigBarn website launches this week with the same 17 year old mission; reconnect consumers with their local producers, direct, or through local retailers, and encourage local trade. Giving farmers a better deal and consumers fresher, cheaper, accountable food. Let me explain: BigBarn started in 1999 when I saw the onions we grew, […]

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