Rhubarb is a reliable main crop, sticking with us through the seasons and delivering comfort in pudding and custard form. But reliable is really a misnomer; it belies its quirkiness – a fruit that is a vegetable, a sour interloper on the sweet menu, an unlikely bedfellow of fish and meat, and (often) both the […]
A customer phoned the farm shop office and ordered a birthday cake. Could we take a chocolate cake round to her daughter who works at Levens School? Rachel who answered the phone used to go to Levens School, and knows birthday cake recipient Mrs Wadey. Rachel, her dad and granddad, and her daughter all went […]
Today’s farm shop delivery from Growing Well is intriguing: turnip tops. Not the traditional root, which many people love to hate, but the juicy green foliage that’s abundant at this time of year (if you’ve sown in the autumn). Alys Fowler wrote of them: “There are many ways to eat this green: Italian-style, lightly boiled, rinsed, […]
Tuesday’s arrival of in-season Seville bitter oranges in the farm shop indicates that it is time to start marmalade making. The oranges are grown organically on the Ave Maria farm in the heart of Spain’s bitter orange growing region, where the orchards date back to the late 19th century and the increasing British appetite for […]
The late summer warmth has been perfect for sweetening the ripe plums in the farm’s orchards. It’s been a pleasure to pick this year, and the plums are juicy and moreish. There’s no chance of saving them to make a crumble once you get a handful. In the farm shop now!
Not sure where to start when putting together the perfect festive cheeseboard? Our deli team has worked hard to select some favourite combinations for the Christmas table (tasting is apparently the only way to really make sure your advice is sound), each of them is a complete and well balanced cheeseboard in its own right.
The flavour of autumn is wholly captured by the trusty apple. We have four great varieties in the farm shop now – recently picked from the farm’s orchard they each have admirable characteristics… Duke of Devonshire – a Cumbrian apple through and through. Developed by the head gardener at Holker Hall in 1835, this is an […]
Our Kendal Creamy cheese was declared a Taste Cumbria Gold Champion at the 2013 Cumbria Life Food and Drink Awards. There were big grins all round, not least from yellow welly-wearing cheese maker Chris Sandham. When asked why he thought the cheese had won, farmer Richard bowed to the cheese making expertise of Rostock Dairy, […]
Milk was centre stage for a few moments this morning on BBC Radio 4’s Today programme. Discussing the government’s new food labelling system the presenter, Sarah Montague, wondered whether some foods, like milk, might be misrepresented as ‘bad’ which would sidestep its nutritional benefits. The health minister Anna Soubry quickly pointed out that milk is […]
It’s Real Bread Maker Week, celebrating local skilled bakers, users of bread machines and, best of all, hands that measure flour into bowls, mix and knead. Local bakers supplying Low Sizergh Barn are Staff of Life, Lovingly Artisan and Grange Bakery. These small bakeries have attitude about bread that we share here at the farm, […]