when you cannot have sugar it makes it tough to preserve fruits in delicious ways to enjoy the rest of the year.
Gin is low carb, yipppeee .. and it infuses beautifully taking up the flavours of aromatics like elderflower, and fruits like gooseberries, plums, strawberries.
These flavoured gins are perfect with a sparkling water, needing no further flavouring. (the wonderful tonics are all high sugar!)
There are increasing news pieces on TV, radio, newspaper and online about how we need to change how we eat for climate change.
Mostly this is an erroneous drive to cut down red meat, without any single iota of understanding of the different parts of red meat production.
Anyway – todays twist, along with a sugar and salt tax, is to suggest that GPs prescribe fruit that will be handed out to certain patients.
report on Englands food strategy – https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-57838103
This is not a new idea
2003 – http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/england/2777947.stm
|Tuesday, 18 February, 2003, 19:55 GMT
Doctors prescribe fruit and vegetables
Doctors in north Staffordshire will soon be able to prescribe fruit and vegetables.
INSTEAD – why not GROW MORE FRUIT .. in every community : city, urban, rural ..
- take cuttings
- grow on
- plant plant plant plant
- tend together
- crop and enjoy !
- and limit the amount of cordial, jam, etc made which is 90% sugar again !!!
There are a great deal of angst about the “waste” of the wool produced by the 22,000 tonnes in the UK that currently has no market in China.
There is so much more we could be doing with this
However most of our fleeces are not high enough quality for many of the finer uses – we need to be selecting for far better fleece
Simple composting ..
on farm composting .. Audrey Literrick
Pillows – Uan Wool https://www.facebook.com/uanwool/
Fibre yarn – especially our rare breed fleeces.
- Caithness yarn
- Ardalanish yarn
Felting – craft and commercial
Spinning and weaving –
Industrial sheepskin processing
https://terroirtalk.org/terroir-denmark : HindsholmGrisen, a wholly sustainable pig farm on the tiny Danish island of Fyn. They raise, feed, slaughter, butcher and produce products from the 300 hectare organic farm.
Keeping sheep for fleece is a different way to raise sheep
Good fleece sheep breeding and husbandry will work well with regenerative grazing management, that will bring about better soils and food producing habitat.
Fleece sheep have to be selected for the quality of the fibre, that takes plenty of investment but it is well worth the effort
Management of the sheep for fleece means concentrating on the stock well being every day, not pushing for live weight gain.
It is also possible to keep a flock for years without so much lambing, therefore putting less stress on the ewes and the land.
Caithness yarns ..
Free range pork : fresh in today (31st March) : ALL SOLD – many thanks
Delighted to see our scrummy free range pork back from Mull today. All for sale, limited joints, lots of sausages, bacon back next week.
Fill your freezers .. <g>
Contact for collection /local delivery arrangements. Please share with friends and family.
These 2 were locally born and raised with us all winter helping to clear different areas of ground around the farm. Happy, healthy lovely girls made wonderful meat.
● Joints ○ Sausages
● Chops ○ Bacon
● Steaks ● Ribs
Another blossom in full bloom.. so important to have flowers all year around, for our insects, this is especially important for the native mason bees. With the weather getting milder, it’s wonderful to know there is a ready source of food for early emergents.
#flowersofinstagram #shrubsofinstagram #pieris #pollinators #masonbees #beesofinstagram #farmingwithnature #naturefriendlyfarming #kintaline
Storm Brendan might still be howling around having kept us all awake all night but looking forward to the coming growing season makes everything worth while. This “half tunnel” was made up using old tunnel hoops against a building to create an easy working space. The tables are sand covered in thick coffee that worms love but slugs don’t! It could be tidier !! and all our equipment is very ancient .. root trainers are wonderful for the broad beans and early peas and these are at least 20 years old !!