Richard’s going to be on TV — Lakes on a Plate, Frday 24th Sept 2.00pm on Channel 4. Peter Sidwell is a cafe owner and chef from Keswick. His series has been a great promotion for many Cumbrian farmers and growers, producers and makers. From Yew Tree Farm’s Herdwick lamb to Little Salkeld Watermill flour…

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There was a change from the usual routine this morning when we were filmed for a new TV series: The Lakes On A Plate. Peter Sidwell, chef owner from Keswick’s Simply Good Taste Cafe and Cookery School is going to be cooking with produce he is shown collecting around the county. He promises “some amazing…

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Customers in the shop have mentioned seeing the farm on TV last week. Great British Menu was for top UK chefs who competed to cook for a banquet attended by Prince Charles at the Assembly Rooms in Bath. The National Trust provided the challenge – cook with local ingredients sourced from near their properties. We…

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Cumbria Life interviewed me for a May 2010 article on Cumbria’s farm shops and I pointed out that farmers have always sold directly to customers in one way or another. When he saw the piece my Grandad phoned and told me about how he, aged 11, drove his mother in the horse and trap to…

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Today is turning out to be a day of visitors, large and small. Reception class from Grasmere School came to see the cows and hens and to plant seeds at Growing Well as part of the Food for Life curriculum. Richard showed round visitors from Pimhill Organic Farm in Shropshire. They grow and mill cereals…

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The cows left their winter housing quite late this year because the grass didn’t grow in the low temperatures. The fields had to be dry enough for a 150-strong herd. Even with 4 star indoor accommodations throughout the winter the cows race to the pasture, eager to munch juicy fresh grass. We are excited at…

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The damson blossom is beautiful. After a long wait the pretty white blossom is out, and it’s a bucolic scene with the hens in the field beyond (known as the bull coppe) and the sheep and lambs under the trees. Damson day in Lyth valley was April 17th, the annual celebration of the distinctive local…

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After ploughing and picking off a few large stones in our Lyth Valley fields, lime was spread to increase the soil pH. The land was last ploughed 25 or 30 years ago and it is encouraging to see and feel the quality of the soil. It has been planted with a grass and clover mix…

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Lambing continues into mid-April when all the sheep will have had their lambs. This year 4 sheep had 3 lambs each. With 2 teats, ewes can successfully rear only twins, so the third lamb from 2 sets of triplets has been ‘mothered on’ to a sheep with only 1 lamb, the remaining 2 being reared…

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