December 2018 – Sourdough bakery open

The thick clay soil of the farm, which had dried out over the summer, is returning to it’s more familiar claggy consistency. Well worn cattle tracks are emerging across the fields - it won’t be long before the farmyard regains the regular bellowing of hungry cattle. We have recently opened a small sourdough bakery at... Continue Reading →

September – a month of transition

For me, September is a month of transition, I feel an urge to desperately cling on to the remains of summer, but am also looking forward to Autumn’s harvest which promises to be extra abundant this year - the wild bounty of autumn berries and fruits have been much enhanced by the hot summer and... Continue Reading →

Summer holiday

This summer we had our first family trip abroad - we really enjoyed exploring the food with the kids. In France, the small village we were in had three bakeries, one of which you could watch the bread being made, it was fascinating and smelt unreal, we breakfasted on baguettes and pan au chocolat bought... Continue Reading →

A piece of family history put to use

My mum keeps everything... I often tease her about it, but a couple of years ago she unearthed a vintage jelly mould that had belonged to her grandmother. It is beautifully old fashioned, like something you would expect to see in an illustration from Bramley hedge. This beautiful piece of family history inspired me to... Continue Reading →

Gorse, glorious gorse

We have just completed another phase of drainage work at Lochaberfarm which is an essential part of the upkeep of the land, and will, we hope, provide a more fertile and productive area of land with which to farm.  I wrote back in March last year a post about the wonder of drains - which I have come to... Continue Reading →

Easter weekend

Our Easter weekend started out, well kind of Easter-y... However, over the Easter weekend, we had found out about an upcoming sale on Easter Monday for store cattle (those that are sold on to a buyer for fattening up/finishing and selling on for meat). We had been thinking about moving our yearlings on for a few... Continue Reading →

What does organic mean for you?

I must have spent an inordinate amount of time in supermarkets in recent years debating the merits of organic versus non-organic products. However, when eating out it hasn’t been something I have considered at all. Until now... Organic served here We recently attended an event held by the soil association about the 'organic served here'... Continue Reading →

Nutrient rich nettles

Cooking with nettles is not something new, and I have heard about it frequently over the years. However, I’ve never tried them before. In part, because I’ve been unsure how and when to harvest these little stingers, and, since having kids, have made every attempt to steer everyone well clear of them. But…nothing ventured, nothing... Continue Reading →

A week of highs and lows

In a week when we breathed a sigh of relief that the snow had passed we have had a tumultuous time on the farm. We lost a sheep, and although the exact cause is unknown, it seems as though the test of the recent weather has taken its toll on our wee flock. A combination... Continue Reading →

Lochaber’s second spring

Underfoot green shoots are emerging from their winter hiding places, bringing with them the promise of what’s to come with the arrival of Spring. With a little encouragement, often in the form of a bucket or large garden pot, pleasing pale pink stems of rhubarb can be drawn to the surface a little earlier than... Continue Reading →

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