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February 4, 2011
Happy New 2011
Well, what a year, we have all been busy bees last year and worked hard trying to improve our customers experience in many ways. We truly are very grateful to all our followers and love working with you to develop Yew tree farm whilst protecting the character and essence that makes it so special.
Jon is feeding all of the livestock that are outside with supplementary hay as there is nothing much to eat at this time of year, especially when the ground is covered in snow. It is vital to make good quality hay and silage during any dry spells in the summer season so that we have this essential fodder to nourish the animals through the cold spells.
Watch out for our pet cow ‘June’ on a ‘sponsored by’ film clip for Regatta, she was very well behaved and didn't even eat the picnic that was layed out.. We have also played host to photo shoots for ‘Jack Murphy’ clothing company, ‘regatta’ and ‘rowan knitting’.
You may be surprised that we still have the two turkeys, well, in the end we decided to have goose for Christmas. We have not gone soft honest!
Have a read of the great latest e-magazine from Artisan food, I have done a guide for ‘eco meat eaters’
Well done to Heritage meats again, we have won the National Trusts prestigious ‘Fine Farm Produce’ award for the Belted Galloway Beef. We have been featured in Country File Magazine as ‘food Hero’, appeared on a Chanel 4 programme called ‘lakes on a plate’, and the ITV programme ‘Country wise kitchen’. We will also be featuring on Good Food channel’s ’Market Kitchen’ soon with Levis Roots.
We have partnered up with Bowland Pork and Furness fish Poultry and Game to offer you many more products on our web site. Both these companies share our passion for welfare, local sourcing and quality. Have a look at our new game, pork and fish products on www.heritagemeats.co.uk
We have also started offering Mutton hampers on the web site too; we plan to eventually offer individual cuts of mutton.
We have successfully run ‘Yew Tree farm walks’ every Wednesday throughout the summer, we plan to continue these next year between Easter and October Half term. 10.30am every Wednesday, parking available. The walks are free, take about an hour and are only a mile long on good surfaces. We discuss the Farms history, food production and farming methods.
We had a record number of orders pre Christmas (thank you everyone) but unfortunately due to weather and backlogs we could not use our normally reliable currier service the week leading up to Christmas. Well done to Jon, Helen, Phil and Caroline’s Dad for pulling out all the stops and delivering all over the country in the worst weather we have seen for some time (our poor land rover has never been so far!). Also Ian worked extremely hard to ensure we managed to get all the orders ready in time.
To help boost our web site, we need back links from other good quality web sites. If you have a web site and you would be willing to link to www.heritagemeats.co.uk I will give you a £10 voucher to spend with us.
Well we have had a busy year; we were nominated twice for ‘best bed and breakfast in Cumbria’ and reached the finals on both occasions. We have retained our 5 star gold award accolade which is the highest grade for accommodation of this kind.
Robyn and I have had a few group bookings for the tea room which are picking up nicely for 2011. Bookings for the guest house have kept strong despite the recession. During the winter the guest house is cosy with an open fire in the lounge and in the breakfast room. Our seasonal menus are always designed to celebrate the best of the produce available locally. We are now making our own black pudding and sausage and curing our own bacons and hams.
Manx Kippers on hot buttered toast
Spiced apple pancakes
Eggs Benedict with our own air dried ham and poached eggs drizzled with hollandaise sauce.
Why not try this recipe for mutton shoulder (hogget is fine too) featured by Mike Robinson on countrywise kitchen see recipe or the video of the recipe.
I have had an exciting trip to Japan during which I had the pleasure of meeting a dairy farmer on the Island of Hokkaido. Shinmura- san and his family are forward thinking farmers who run a sustainable milking operation and have a tea room. Shinmura-san is passionate about his cattle’s welfare, the farms biodiversity and farming without reliance on cereal imports and fossil fuels.
We had a lot in common and decided to start a ‘blog’ so we could continue our fascinating conversation and hopefully get people to join in. We really want to raise the profile of ‘sustainable’ farming and food production.
Please have a look at our blog we would really like to hear your thoughts and any suggestions for topics that we should cover (leave a reply on the blog).
Please as always feel free to contact us with any queries, you can follow us on Face book and twitter
Jon, Caroline, Ian and Robyn wish you a happy an healthy 2011.xxxx
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BED & BREAKFAST, ACCOMMODATION, TEA ROOM AT THE HEART OF THE LAKE DISTRICT NATIONAL PARK
YEW TREE FARM, Coniston, Cumbria, LA21 8DP
Telephone: 015394 41433 Email: [email protected]