There is something very special about coming together at the end of the summer to give thanks for what our gardens and pastures have produced and I am looking forward to our Harvest Festival on Saturday 23rd September. Good food and traditional family fun are at the heart of the festival and I am particularly excited about our Honey Show, held in honour of our bees who have been working hard all summer to pollinate the wildflowers and crops on the farm.
A good risotto has to be one of the best ways to celebrate seasonal ingredients. During July and August, our Market Garden is laden with delicious peas, beans and fresh herbs – all of which lend themselves perfectly to a bright, filling and utterly delicious summer risotto. Always remember, a good risotto is one that is well seasoned and cooked slowly with love.
Eating well has a huge effect not only on how we feel, but also on how our how our brains and bodies function. This August we shall be considering the relationship between good nutrition and wellbeing at our Feed Your Mind day at our Cookery School. Designed in collaboration with our resident nutritionist, Rhaya Jordan, this course will include plenty of expert advice on how to incorporate important nutrients in your home cooking.
This summer we are holding a special series of children’s floristry classes, which are a wonderful way to encourage budding floristry skills in children aged 5-12. On Thursday 20th July our floristry team are holding Children’s Jam Jars: a fun morning exploring the market garden to learn about how plants grow and to gather flowers, before making pretty jam jar arrangements to take home.
Animal welfare is central to everything that we do at Daylesford and I am very proud of the fact that our animals live a happy and content life on the farm– roaming freely in the fields and living of a grass based, organic diet. This summer we shall be considering the subject of meat and the conscious consumer at our Daylesford Discusses evening on Monday 24th July.
This beautiful layered pudding combines tart and effervescent Sparkling de Leoubé Rosé wine and sweet floral elderflower with rich delicious organic cream. We like to decorate it from within with fresh raspberries and pretty edible flowers for a stunning summer treat. If you do not have a narrow terrine mould as we have used here, small dariole moulds or ramekins will work perfectly.
As new fish counters launch throughout Daylesford farmshops, our resident nutritionist Rhaya Jordan explains why sustainable seafood should be a regular part of a varied, balanced and delicious diet. Easily prepared, quick to cook, packed with lean protein and a rich source of omega 3 fatty acids: fish may just be the perfect fast food. Eating fish is associated with longevity; the longest-living populations in the world tend to be cultures that have plenty of seafood in their diets.
The Market Garden is somewhere that I love to escape to whatever the time of year, but it is during the summer months that the garden really comes to life, overflowing with vibrant fresh, organic produce. Spread over 25 acres, the garden is tended to by our Head Gardener, Jez, and his team and between them they grow and produce over 300 varieties of fruit, vegetables and salads using entirely organic, sustainable farming methods.
I have always believed that the best way to encourage young people to embrace an active lifestyle, healthy living and wellbeing is to make sure they have fun. The vital issues of health and nutrition will be brought to life at our farm this summer, as we welcome Stroud rugby star Sam Viggers to host a number of Wellbeing Workshops for Children.
This year has been possibly our best ever crop of strawberries in the Market Garden. With temperatures soaring over the previous few weeks, our strawberry varieties have ripened beautifully and are exquisitely sweet. To celebrate the bounty of summer our Cookery School has created three seasonal recipes that make the most of this favourite summer fruit.
Flower pressing is a traditional pastime that has been enjoyed for generations and is something that I love to do with my grandchildren. Join us at the farm this Saturday 8th July to explore the Daylesford estate and gather beautiful blooms for pressing, to create pressed flower designs that can be used to make cards, window art and keepsakes to take home.
As we enter high summer the bees are at their prime. Despite many negative stories surrounding the plight of the bees, many farmers and beekeepers are adopting a suite of measures to give our essential pollinators an opportunity to thrive.