What should Kendal do about climate change?

Alison Park of Low Sizergh Barn reflects on the issues and recommendations from Kendal’s Climate Change Citizens Jury.  Commissioned by Kendal Town Council, 20 people set out last year to answer the question, what should Kendal do about climate change? After weeks of listening to experts and debating information on energy, transport, food and political…

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Farm Shop Cumbria

Following a series of high-profile news stories about food standards and farming recently, Alison has been considering how best to help consumers navigate the confusing idea of ‘good food’. We have the cheapest food in Europe but the biggest gap in wealth inequality. Much of that cheap food is ultra-processed; so poor in terms of…

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crop for the shop

We’re now in our fourth year of Crop for the Shop and we’ve found that it guarantees low food miles, contributes to zero food waste locally, and means our customers are eating food that’s grown for flavour rather than for shelf life. During the lockdown, the local food system came into its own and served…

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With the weather being fairly bleak this time of year, we often don’t want to venture outside. Sometimes there’s nothing better than getting your feet up with a nice cuppa and a biscuit (or two). So we’ve got everything you need in the farm shop to cosy up with a range of treats from some…

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The last Sunday of November marks ‘Stir Up Sunday’, where families would traditionally prepare to make the best Christmas pudding or best Christmas cake yet. While there are many, many traditions that we love to get stuck into, there isn’t always enough time for all of them. So we thought we’d share some of our…

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bee honey farm

The latest addition at Low Sizergh Farm is our pair of bee hives – each housing up to 40,000 bees. Not only will our new beekeeping endeavour allow local beekeeper, Dick Towler, to help us produce our very own delicious honey, but the bees are now part of our holistic approach on the farm. These…

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farm shop peas

From 8th to 14th July, we will be celebrating Great British Pea Week. If you haven’t heard of it before, you’re in for a treat – only in its third year, this annual celebration aims to increase awareness and understanding of the provenance and heritage of peas. To kick off the Week,  we’re sharing some…

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seasonal produce cumbria

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…

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farm shop chocolate cake

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…

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turnip tops

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,…

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