Sunday, November 21, 2010

Piglets Venture Out

The piglets are finally starting to venture out of the ark. Take a look at these videos.








These are fully certified Organic, Birth notified, Large Black piglets ready from 21st December. Hardy outdoor pigs, very docile and previous buyers have called "calmest weaners ever"

Tuesday, November 16, 2010

Sausages, Hams and Bacon

Just collected a fresh batch of sausages from our butcher and frying off the leftovers for dinner, with a broth of home grown beans, bacon stock, roots and kale, will sleep well tonight.

Two flavours of sausages available on sale Friday at Village Greens, Mount, along with all the usual produce.

Cuts for curing for Christmas also went off today and we are taking orders now for smoked and green hams and bacon as usual dry cured and smoked over wood oak. The whole process for smoked takes about 5 weeks.

Two pigs go off closer to Christmas so there will be another batch of sausage, sausage meat and also pork cuts and joints available next month.

Ham and Pork Joints are cut to order, oven ready and scored if needed.

A whole boned ham makes a fantastic centre piece weighing between 4 and 5kg, boiled or roasted with or without a glaze.

We guarantee you will not be able to walk past the fridge without carving off just one more piece before bedtime.

Use the contact us link we will call you or email you back as quick as we can.

Thursday, November 4, 2010

Latest Piglets

We now have another two litters of Large Black Piglets, ready as
weaners from 7th December

Monday, October 4, 2010

The Farm Dog

This is in response to all those who asked to see pictures of our dog, hardly fit for sheep and is petrified of cows, but Rabbits they are a different matter and dinner

Tuesday, September 7, 2010

Fresh Lamb

Just sent our last lamb of the year off and are taking orders before we give the Butcher cutting instructions.


If there is anything specific you would like, contact us and we will call you back to discuss.

Monday, August 30, 2010

Spit Mark II part II

Piglet and spit doing very nicely, doesn't half consume some wood though!

Mark 2 Spit

This is our second attempt at a home made spit.

Two fence posts bashed in as usual with 125mm nails alternate sides and varying heights for good luck, hopefully this will be up to the 8kg weaner that's going on it later.


Spit is a 3M length of green hazel with the bark stripped minimum diameter is about 45mm. Last time we used ash about 25-30mm for a similar size pig and it broke at the thin end.

Tuesday, August 24, 2010

Bacon is Back

Only another week now until our bacon is ready.

Dry cured Bacon and Hams Smoked or Green should be available Wednesday 1st September.

Click on the contact us button and send us a message of want your needs are.

Tuesday, August 10, 2010

Bury Castle

Managed a walk out to Bury Castle, a celtic hill-top fort just outside Cardinham.

You can see both North and South coasts of Cornwall from there

Friday, June 25, 2010

Pork

Had some just Pork pigs done. Philip Warren cut some beautiful loin steaks and the chops grilled up lovely at 11pm last night, perfect with a little seasoning and slapped on the BBQ. There are also sausages, and some really nice joints, the Loin joints have been cut with the Tenderloin in, the T-Bone of Pork.

You can buy all of this, as well most of your organic food needs from Village Greens Shop, Village Hall, Mount, Cornwall most Fridays .... Also selling Strawberries this week, see the previous post.

Monday, June 21, 2010

Strawberry Baklava Tart

We have strawberries coming out of our ears at the moment! So I invented this by accident, filo tart baked on its own, filled with strawberries covered in syrup, stirred enough to knock a little juice out of them but not lose their shape. The syrup soaks into the base giving a baklava like texture and flavour, would do this again.

Tuesday, May 25, 2010

Bluebells in Wooda Wood

Been to see the Bluebells again today, what a fantastic sight, the wood is literally carpeted with them, the scent is heavenly.

Piglet and Water Trough

We fight a never ending battle here to reunite water and pigs.

On a sunny day though a new use has been found of our most recent design of drinker :)

This design is in preference to the standard low lamb/cattle drinker which is the perfect size to trap a weaner of about 12 weeks

Saturday, May 22, 2010

3 Sisters Day One

This afternoon I planted up a 3 Sisters Plot, 4 times bigger than last years failed attempt. Will it be compost or will it be produce?

Tuesday, May 4, 2010

Large Black Piglets Again 2

And here is the second litter

Large Black Piglets Again

Our first litter of this batch



and all 10 feeding contently you'll have to turn your on its side for this one

Sunday, May 2, 2010

Jealous Sibling

Jane gets to her feet and her jealous sibling literally butts in

Sunny Day

Jane the calf gets her first sunny day

Calf Gets a licking

This a video of our calf getting licked .... a lot! now you know why cows have rough tongues

Saturday, May 1, 2010

Its a new day

Calf all cleaned up now and enjoying the warm sun

Friday, April 30, 2010

Finally

Hehe a heifer calf

Saturday, April 24, 2010

Fat Cow

This is Hazel our only hope for a calf this year after the disaster of Honey dying. She is due in the next few weeks so we are on 4 hourly watches, fingers crossed.

Wednesday, February 24, 2010

Two more Sweet Chestnuts to go

This is almost the last of this year's Chestnuts going in. Hopefully they will serve two purposes, a tasty crop and a windbreak for the fruit trees in the background. The varieties joining Maraval from last year are;

  • Belle Epine
  • Bouche de Betizac
  • Bournette
  • Marigoule
  • Marron Goujounac

This lot came from the Agroforestry Research Trust along with;
  • Ballota Oak, (a variety of Holm Oak grown for fodder and food)
  • Russian Olive, a nitrogen fixing, fruit bearing shrub to be used as hedge to divide up the vegetable plots, just a few to start with and see what they taste like!
  • And a whole bunch of soft fruit

Sunday, February 14, 2010

Wererabbit

Not long after we buried this stretch of Rabbit netting we had an escape from the inside to the outside if you look closely you will see it is rabbit sized and with rabbit fur all around the edge, any suggestions?

Devon and Cornwall Longwool Lambs

One of our twin lambs

Monday, February 8, 2010

First Lambs of 2010

Here is a video of our first lambs of the year




This is their first day out of the pen and much leaping there was, only 5 days old

Wednesday, January 13, 2010

The Sun returns

Much as I love the snow, the return of the sun did cheer things up a bit. Also got our first delivery of post in 8 days.

That makes three excitements this week the other was finally defrosting the water tap on monday.

Sunday, January 10, 2010

Wednesday, January 6, 2010

Longwools at Feeding Time




These are our some of our Longwool Sheep just working out where I hid their feed from them this morning.

More snow last night and this morning and drifts are still forming as I write although the sun is breaking through now.

5 Devons


We now have an extra Devon, a young bull calf bought from the Goldings Herd. thats him 2nd from the right. Plan to register him in the spring assuming he makes the grade.

Excuse the picture, it was first thing, windy, snowing ..... tough cattle!
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