*MEET THE PRODUCER – ECKLEY FARMS*

*MEET THE PRODUCER – ECKLEY FARMS*


Eckley Farms is a family farming partnership, specialising in regenerative arable farming.


Guy, Claire, Mike and Vera Eckley farm in four locations around Maidstone, (Kent) including on the Leeds Castle Estate, with colleagues George, Callum and Jules. James and Tom Eckley help in the school holidays.


They are regenerative arable farmers producing arable crops, like wheat, oats, barley, oilseed rape, field beans and linseed.


They press all their oilseed rape into Cold Pressed Rapeseed Oil on the farm. They also stonemill a few tonnes of their own wheat into flour every year.


Most of Pure Kent oil goes into food service and catering. Amongst others, they supply the awesome frozen food maker, COOK, with all their oil, and they definitely make No Fuss Meals for Busy Parents! They also supply restaurants, local shops, and even a prestigious private school!


When I asked Claire Eckley about why she loved producing food she said ‘Arable farmers aren’t usually seen at farmers markets, or out at food festivals, so it’s great to take the arable story and talk to people about how we farm, as well as our products. ‘


‘We’re proud of how we farm, and the people we supply, some of whom have worked particularly hard during the pandemic or made substantial changes to their businesses to keep people in jobs. ‘


‘Cold Pressed Rapeseed oil is a versatile oil and can be used at low temperatures for salad dressing, hummous and mayonnaise, medium temperatures like baking, and high temperatures like roasting and stir frying.


Your Yorkshire puddings will never stick and you might never use anything else for your roast potatoes! ‘


You can find more out about Pure Kent by visiting: https://purekent.co.uk


Facebook: Purekent

Twitter: @purekent

Instagram: @pure.kent

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*MEET THE PRODUCER* MANOR FARM DRINKS, NORTHAMPTONSHIRE

With elderflower currently in season, I just had to catch up with my old chums Kirsty and Matt Willmott who I’ve known for many years through the young farmers and run their own business called Manor Farm Drinks.

Manor farm drinks is a small independent family business specialising in Elderflower cordial with Elderflowers home grown and hand picked on the farm in Hardwick village Northamptonshire.

Kirsty and Matt have now been making elderflower cordial and handmade soft drinks for over 10 years. They started by attending local events in and around Northamptonshire selling a variety of lemonades and of course their sparkling Elderflower.

The idea of the business came about many years ago when the family had a soft fruit farm in the village. The idea of Elderflower cordial was staring them right in the face in the hedgerows all across the farm.

So one summery June day they set out around the farm foraging for beautiful smelling elderflower bushes and the rest is history. They entered the Northamptonshire food and drink awards in 2018 after spending a long time perfecting their recipe, travelling to foodie events around the country, they came runners up which they were thrilled about!

During lockdown Kirsty and Matt decided to give their lovely Elderflower cordial a makeover with transparent labels that really show off the wonderful and unique golden colour of the cordial and the lovely new tall bottles which really make them stand out.

They currently only produce elderflower cordial but keep your eyes peeled for their next exciting drink in the autumn that they have up their sleeve.

Elderflower cordial is so versatile it can be used in a variety of ways. Most people would only think of pouring elderflower cordial in a glass over ice and topped with sparkling water. It can be used for making wonderful cocktails and mocktails.

Did you know there are so many other ways of using cordial?

You can use it in baking whether it be an elderflower drizzle cake or add it to your buttercream for a twist on a classic. Manor Farm Drinks favourite is to make it into a dressing for the perfect summer salad.

Recipe for elderflower dressing: 

3 tbsp Elderflower cordial
3 tbsp apple cider vinegar
the zest and juice of 1 lemon
3 tbsp rapeseed oil

In a bowl add all of the above ingredients mix well and drizzle onto your salad to make the most simple recipe with the lovely floral notes of summer.

You can purchase from a lovely list of local stockists which are as follows:

Thomas family farm shop in Burton Latimer
Jeyes of Earls Barton
Whythmails cafe in Orlingbury and The Queens Arms Pub
The Roaming Artisan
The Three Cranes pub in Great Cransley
Dovecote Buttery and farm shop in Newton Village
Mollys pantry in Bletchley
The White Horse pub at Old

You can follow Manor Farm Drinks on Facebook: Manor Farm Drinks | Facebook or Instagram: Handmade Soft Drinks (@manor_farm_drinks)

*MEET THE PRODUCER – GRAZERS OF ASHBY*


I caught up with the team at Grazers of Ashby recently and here is what they had to say…


How long has Grazers of Ashby been in existence and what is your backstory?
We established Grazers in May 2019 as a way of diversifying the family farm which has been operating in our beautiful South Leicestershire village of Ashby Parva for more than four generations.


Along with our three children, we continue in our family’s footsteps rearing cattle, sheep and pigs. We believe strongly in traditional, slow-reared, grass-fed farming methods, with every animal being traceable.


We can tell you everything about the short supply chain from pasture to plate, and work only with British breeds, believing in the protection of our agricultural heritage.
We raise the animals on a grass only diet, encouraging a natural growth rate, which is free of additives and fattening aids, meaning the meat it produces is healthier for you and the environment.


How can people buy your produce?
It’s really simple! Through our website (www.grazersofashbyparva.co.uk) you can either select nationwide delivery or ‘click & collect’ at checkout.


With these options available, you can get our meats delivered directly from our pasture to your door, or collect from the farm gate and meet our family-run team.


In addition to this, we are opening a farm shop in June 2021 at which our 100% grass-fed, naturally-reared meats can be purchased alongside other fantastic producers from our local area.


We have loads of handy recipes listed on our website (www.grazersofashbyparva.co.uk), all tried and tested in the Grazers Kitchen!


When we are needing a quick and simple, yet healthy and wholesome meal for our three little ones, our go-to choices would be our beef meatballs, sausages or minced beef; all three of these can be put in so many easy recipes and are quickly prepared for a wholesome, healthy, no-fuss meal.


You can find out more by visiting www.grazersofashbyparva.co.uk or following on Instagram: @grazers_ofashbyparva or Facebook: Grazers of Ashby Parva


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*MEET THE PRODUCER – COTE HILL CHEESE*

I’ve known about Cote Hill cheese for some time having tasted samples at the Lincolnshire Show each year.

It was fate that a box of Cote Hill cheese arrived a few days ahead of our wedding anniversary this year so hubby and I saved the tasting box for this special occasion. We were not disappointed!

Our favourite was the Cote Hill blue cheese, which had a wonderful balance between the rich creaminess of the milk and peppery bite from the P.Roquefortii mould. It matures from a slightly chalky centre to a creamy almost runny in texture.

Cote Hill Cheese is produced by the Davenport family, who for three generations have made cheese from their dairy herd on the Lincolnshire Wolds near Market Rasen. 🥛

Today husband and wife Mary and Joe Davenport make the cheese and son’s Ross and Michael milk the cows. 🐄

Their ethos is simple. Contented grazing cows, produce amazing quality milk, which with a lot of skill and expertise, creates great tasting cheese.😊

The morning milk at Cote Hill Farm is taken direct from the cows into the cheese rooms to be hand crafted into their award winning Cote Hill Cheeses.

By not pasteurising the milk, it allows the full complex flavour of the milk to be a part of the finished cheeses.

As it’s an artisan cheese, we felt that it’s best enjoyed on it’s own with some wine and crackers once the kids were in bed. So this time I’m not going to suggest a recipe to use the cheese in.🍷

Go on, take a look at the Cote Hill website https://www.cotehill.com/ and treat yourself to a tasting box. 👍

It’s a really grown up tasting cheese, one to purchase as a present, within a hamper or for a Friday night cheeseboard treat.😋

You can also follow them on IG @cotehillcheese

Let me know what you think ✍

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*MEET THE PRODUCER – JOSEPH HELER CHEESE*


Cheshire based cheese makers Joseph Heler are situated on the family dairy named Laurels Farm.


Over a century ago, Joseph Heler’s grandmother would make Cheshire cheese in the farmhouse kitchen.


Today the tradition continues with a team of expert cheese makers producing classic British regional cheese to time-honoured recipes.


Sadly, Joseph Heler passed away in 2016 however his legacy continues with a diverse range of cheese being produced including Mature Cheddar, Red Leicester, Cheshire and Double Gloucester using local milk from specifically selected dairy farms.


In 2001, the company was presented with the Queen’s Award for Enterprise for work developing the very first low-fat cheese, ideal for those on a calorie-controlled diet or with specific dietary requirements.


We’ve recently sampled a selection of the cheese and would strongly recommend the Blackstone Cheddar, which is crunchy and flavoursome and would easily accompany a ploughman’s, pasta dish or sandwich.


The Eat Lean concept is innovative and a creative way of diversifying the brand in order to meet new market trends.


The branding of the cheese and price point means that it is accessible to everyone and can be purchased by visiting: SHOP — Joseph Heler Cheese (joseph-heler.co.uk)


As a family, we thoroughly enjoyed the range that Joseph Heler has to offer.


Have you had some Joseph Heler cheese before?


You can follow them on Instagram: @joseph_heler

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*RECIPE IDEA – CHINESE ONE POT BEEF*

As it’s #GreatBritishBeefWeek I wanted to share some quick and easy recipes with you that the whole family will enjoy 👨‍👨‍👧‍👧👩‍👩‍👦‍👦👨‍👧‍👧👨‍👦‍👦

This is Chinese One Pot Beef. It’s packed with vegetables and makes the kitchen smell amazing when it’s cooking. 👩‍🍳

Whilst I use my Everhot cooker , you can also make in a slow cooker or oven set to 110c 🍽

Give this 2 minute video a watch to find out what you will need and how to prepare 📽

🔊 Sound on

🎵 BenSound

*RECIPE IDEA – EASTER CHOC CHEESECAKE*

It’s Easter week and who doesn’t love a sugar high? The kids will be bouncing off the walls after eating this beauty!

This cheesecake was inspired by a BBC Good Food recipe

You will need:

For the base

  • 250g chocolate bourbon biscuits
  • 100g butter, melted plus extra for greasing

For the filling

For the decoration

  • 2 large and a handful of small creme eggs 
  • 50g chocolate chips

Heat oven to 180C/160C fan/gas 4. Line the base of a 23cm springform tin with baking parchment. Place the bourbon biscuits in a food processor and blitz until reduced to fine crumbs. Mix the melted butter and biscuit crumbs together, then press firmly onto the base of the tin with the back of a spoon. Bake in the oven for 10 mins then leave to cool while you make the filling.

Turn oven temperature up to 240C/220C fan/gas 9. In a large bowl beat the cream cheese and sugar with an electric whisk until creamy, then add in the cocoa, vanilla, coffee, eggs, soured cream and the melted chocolate and whisk again until smooth.

Brush the sides of a cake tin with a little more melted butter then pour in the cheesecake mixture and smooth the top with a spatula. Bake for 10 mins, then turn the heat down to 110C/90C fan/gas 1/4 for 25-30 mins. When ready the filling should be set, but with a little wobble in the middle. Turn off the oven, but leave the oven door open and allow it to cool in there for 2 hrs. Chill until ready to serve.

To decorate the cheesecake, carefully remove it from the tin and removed the lining paper from the base and then top with the cream egg halves then place the whole ones in between. Sprinkle with choc chips.

Serve immediately.

*Meet the Producer*

Say hello to Sandra Herbert of Whetstone Pastures Farm, a soft fruit pick your own on the outskirts of Leicester


You may catch Sandra on Cbeebies as she recently hosted Mr Tumble for an episode of ‘Something Special’.

So to Jams 🍓


It began when Sandra and her husband Anthony took over the PYO. Sandra had just left BBC Radio Leicester and needed to chill so fruit picking was just the thing!

She realised that smaller fruit was often wasted and hated waste so decided to make jam


Although being an avid cook and cake maker Sandra had not made jam before – So Granny Jam was born! Sandra’s jam is sold at the fruit farm when we they open in the summer. It’s also sold in Attfields farm shop, Wistow Deli, The Deli in Francis Street and Aldwinkles in Market Harborough.

Sandra has always been passionate about food and cooking her family (4 children) and when they started the PYO it seemed the right thing to use the fruit, which is frozen and makes such tasty jam with no watering down or additives except lemon juice where extra pectin is needed.

A cream tea is a really great British institution so here is Sandra’s recipe:


The scones have no sugar and egg in

450 G Self raising flour

75 G butter or margarine

Pinch salt

Half pint of milk

Sultanas optional

Pre heat oven 200 C and prepare baking tray well greased or lined with baking paper

Gently mix fat into the flour using fingertips and then add 2-3 ozs sultanas for fruit scones


Add milk all in one go and mix gently to form a dough – add a little flour if sticky but don’t over kneed

Leave covered for 15 mins Roll out gently on floured board and sprinkle with a little flour before cutting with medium size cutter


Place on baking sheet I like to place them close together and brush with a little milk

Place in oven for 16 -18 mins

Leave to cool and then serve with dollop of British Cream and Sandra’s raspberry, strawberry or black currant jam!

For more info visit www.whetstonepasturesfarm.com


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