It all started around early March when I got an email saying we'd been nominated for Best Small Meat Producer at the GH Food Awards 2012 by Slow Food UK and would we mind terribly sending some sausages and pork chops up for the lovely people of GH to taste. This I did and then heard nothing, until Wednesday! How cool is that?? Of course, Olly and I cannot take all the credit. The pigs are the real winners but it is great to be recognised for high welfare standards and great tasting pork. To quote the July issue of Good Housekeeping 'Hand reared to the highest welfare standards, these pigs lead a happy life in an orchard with plenty of space to forage and root around. And wow, does the meat taste better for it!'
In other news, the farm is certainly hotting up! We've had a magnificent bout of sunshine and we seemed to go from torrential rain to blazing heat in the blink of an eye. Quite bizarre to wade around in a quagmire of mud one week with the rain hurtleing at you sideways to go to really strict water management and watering wallowing holes for the pigs the next. However, after all that rain the fields are looking amazing with the grass tall and lush and the buttercups at their peak.
The chicks are also doing well. With this weather it's great not to have to worry about them getting too cold and they stay outside from dawn til dusk. I'm still bringing them into the house at night though but hopefully they can live outside sometime soon.
Life just seems to be a continual rota of weeding and mowing to keep the farm looking good. It's exhausting but it really is the most brilliant place to be when the sunshines!! Long may it continue (with occasional rain showers to fill up the water butts!)