Blogs filed under “Essex”

Saving Norfolk’s Knobs

Snigger. While my sense of humour can justifiably be labelled immature – after all my desk at work used to be known as innuendo corner – the plight of the Norfolk knob is no laughing matter. And it is by no means alone. Along with rusks, huffers, fourses cake, kitchels and I’m sure many other […]

This Sunday is Open Farm Sunday!

This Sunday (8th June) will be the 9th annual Open Farm Sunday (@OpenFarmSunday). Farms all around the country will be opening their doors to visitors and giving people the chance to take part in all sorts of activities from guided farm walks to tractor rides, sheep sheering and meeting the animals. Lots of farms in […]

Seasonal Suffolk and Fresh Fridays

On our way to Norfolk a few weeks back we took a well worth-while detour off the A12 to the Dedham Vale Vineyard (@DedhamValeVines). Since our last visit the vineyard has not only had a change of name (from Carter’s), the facilities have also been transformed with a new shop and tasting barn. This time […]

A trial (or should that be trail?) of mud and bacon

Given our weather over the last few months, it’s probably best to take advantage of any of the few nice days that deem to grace us with their presence – who knows when the next bright but fresh day will appear? It has, however, meant that on those rare occasions we deem satisfactory for a […]

The perfect ingredients for a festive evening

Going to choose the Christmas tree has to be one of my favourite Christmas traditions, and really means we can start to feel festive. This year we decided to go straight to the farm to get our tree. The Wheaton family from Great Slamseys Farm (@SlamseysFarm), near Braintree have been growing Christmas trees for over […]

Far from run-of-the-mill!

Tucked away off a quiet lane in the village of Stock, in between Chelmsford and Billericay is a bit of a treasure: a brick tower mill dating from around 1800, which has been restored to full working order. We came across it when we were doing some more general research about milling in the region, […]

Moules Madness: dinner at the Mistley Thorn

I have to confess, I’m an Autumn person. That’s not to say I haven’t enjoyed the sunshine this summer; it’s been amazing to actually have a summer this year. But the hazy sunshine, darker evenings and abundance of produce make this one of my favourite times of the year. Last night on our visit to […]

A great ‘Discovery’: new season apples

Earlier this week I paid a visit to Lathcoat’s Fruit Farm (@lathcoatsfarm) on the outskirts of Chelmsford. They grow a wide range of fruit, but the focus is very much on apples, with over 40 varieties grown on site. We first visited last Autumn at the peak of the apple season, where despite a tough […]

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