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Regularly updated general advice and tips relating to farm gate sales

Cats and Catnip

True Catnip (nepeta cataria), also known as Catmint, orginates from the Mediterranean and can be found along dry paths and hedgerows. It is a rather unobtrusive plant and for this reason you tend to find various cultivated forms in gardens. The low growing ones (15-30cm) are often used to pad…
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Redcurrants "Superfruit"

Did you know that Recurrants are classed as one of the "Superfruits"? Redcurrant berries are known as "superfruits" as they have naturally high antioxidant capacity due to the pigmented polyphenol, cyanidin. Medical research has proven there are medicinal properties of pigmented polyphenols, which are mainly found in the skin and…
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Keep Pests away from Pot Plants

If your pot plants are being attacked by crawling pests, just peel a clove of garlic and stick it in the soil. The essential oil of garlic repels such pesky nuisance and saves you from having to resort to nasty chemicals. Particularly useful if you are growing edible plants.
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Elderflower Lemon Muffins

Ingredients: 200g unsalted butter 180g granulated sugar 4 medium size free range eggs 180g plain flour 2 tsp baking powder zest and juice of 1 organic lemon 4 tbs elderflower syrup icing sugar a few drops of pink food colouring 12 small elderflower sprigs to decorate Method:  Preheat oven to…
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Elderflower Syrup

Ingredients: 25-30 elderflower heads, depending on size 2 litres water 1kg granulated sugar 50g citric acid zest and juice of 2 large organic oranges zest and juice of 3 large organic lemons Method: Give the elderflower heads a gentle rinse and shake carefully to remove any insects and excess water.…
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Rhubarb Syrup

Ingedients: 1 kg rhubarb 700g sugar 1 lime 350ml water Method: Wash the rhubarb sticks and cut off the ends. Chop into thin slices and put into a large pot. Cover with all of the sugar, stir well. Let stand for a minimum of 1 hour. The longer it is…
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Beech Leaf Liqueur

Ingredients: 1 bottle gin Young, fresh beech leaves 8 oz. white sugar half a pint of water Method: Use a 1.5 Litre Kilner jar and loosely fill half with fresh young beech leaves, stripped from twigs. Pour over the bottle of gin. Seal up the container, ensuring all the leaves…
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Turtle Burgers!

The ulitmate burger includes everything 3 types of meat and cheese, great fun to make and freak people out. Ingredients (4 Turtles):
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Svord Kiwi Fillet Knife

Description: Svord Kiwi Fish Fillet knife. 14-3/4" overall. 9" Swedish high carbon tool steel blade. Black polypropylene handle. Yellow polyurethane belt sheath. Blade is individually hardened and tempered using a unique heat treatment process. Blade is hand ground with a water cooled stone to produce a convex razor edge. Designed…
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Know Your Food: Chickens and Eggs

  • Published in Food
  • Wednesday, 30 April 2014 00:00
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If you are concerned about healthy nourishment for you and your family, then it starts with you supporting farmers who practise sustainable agriculture, which improves the land, soil, and animal health. How do we know that a particular food is a wise and healthy choice? Talk to the actual producer…
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Strawberry Blossom Tartlets

These delicious tartlets take minutes to prepare and will bring a smile on every face!Makes up to 18 pieces, depending on the size of your cutter.Ingredients: 1 pack of Puff pastry sheet 1 egg size M 1 teaspoon milk 9 teaspoons of strawberry jam 9 large strawberries, washed and halved…
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Get rid of slugs and snails naturally

Just as plants are beginning to flourish in our gardens, so comes with it the pesky pest of garden snails and slugs. They hide during the day and come out at night, when it's cool and moist, to gorge themselves on our pride and joy of growing things. An effective way to…
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Cornflake Crunch Chicken

Your family will never want to eat KFC again after you've made this recipe. Old and young alike will love the crunchiness and the succint spiciness the marinade has imparted.  You will need: For the marinade 1 kg of chicken drumsticks or any chicken pieces 2 cloves of garlic, mashed…
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Little Tricks - Open vacuum sealed lids easily

Ever wanted to open a jam jar or other food jar and the lid is completely stuck? It has sealed so tightly there's no chance of your opening it without an aid. Of course, you have many different options, such as trying to poke a knife under the lid to…
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