Don't miss this four week celebration of food, farming, landscape and the arts at White House Farm, Great Glemham, near the Suffolk coast. Intermingling arts with food, farming and heritage crafts, farm suppers, festival talks and a pop up shop and a tea room. Festival talks include 'Unearthed' this Friday 12th May by local food writer in residence Tessa Allingham. Tessa, who co-authored Unearthed, is going to use the book and the stories in it to explore some of the things that are important to her, and that she loves writing about - food provenance, and the people who grow, rear, fish, farm, bake, cook and sell the wonderful food we have in Suffolk, as well as some of the wider issues about traceability and honesty in food that this subject invokes. The talk includes a delicious soup, bread and cheese supper afterwards.
If you are a lucky farmer, someone brings you this in the back of the car every day at tea time, until harvest is finished.
Benson Blakes in Bury St Edmunds has just taken over a country pub; not to make it into a burger bar but for a very exciting project. The pub is owned by the local farmer who will be supplying the pub with rare breed pork (Oxford Sandy & Black) with beef, lamb, free range turkey, wild venison and local game. There will be a small holding established early next year for herbs, salads and vegetables. The farmer will also be growing wheat, barley & hops for a microbrewery that will be established in the farm. They are also setting up a smokery and doing a full range of charcuterie meats and chutneys... Real Suffolk food !!
Steve sells his own farm-reared pork at local farmers markets and he was at the new Elmswell market last Sunday. He doesn't have a website and only uses the internet to check the tide tables when he wants to go fishing, so Google Clavering Pigs if you want to find out where to find him.
Last night I was invited to the 'Farming Oscars', held by the Suffolk Agricultural Association at Trinity Park, on the outskirts of Ipswich. The awards are an amalgamation of the Suffolk Farm Business Competition, which is open to all farms in Suffolk, and the Best Alternative Land Enterprise (BALE) Awards, which celebrate the diversification of businesses in Suffolk, Essex, Norfolk and Cambridgeshire. Congratulations to runners up of the BALE Award - Jason and Katherine Salisbury from Creeting St Mary-based Suffolk Farmhouse Cheeses. The couple annually produce 27 tonnes of cheese under three brands, Suffolk Gold, Suffolk Brie and Suffolk Blue. Also Simpers Deben Shellfish, run by the Simper family, who are reviving the native oyster in the Deben, scooped the Best Newcomer award. Their oysters can be ordered online.