July

Wednesday 21st May 2014

Gordon Ramsay said he “knew it would be good, but not that good”, Giles Coren described it as “the lunch of his life” and Observer readers voted it the “Best Ethical Restaurant”. Under Jane Baxter, our Devon restaurant the Field Kitchen’s championing of seasonal vegetables, shared dishes and an affordable set menu has turned out to be a phenomenal success.... continued

Thursday 22nd July 2010

My patience with modern technology is not good and I am well known in the office for my computer-induced tantrums, so I would like to apologise to those of you who have suffered such frustrations with our new website. The changeover has been fraught with difficulties and in many ways the old one did the job, so it would be... continued

Thursday 15th July 2010

Well, some things have changed since my last words. The football is over, we’ve had the budget and as I write it is raining (although not enough to stop Nigel having to irrigate). The leeks we have just planted definitely need watering in and quite a few of the other crops could do with a soaking. It has been so... continued

Thursday 15th July 2010

Always look on the bright side of life: a saying that regularly enters my head as I go through my day, or even in the middle of the night as I sit down to give my recollections for the last month. The main topic of conversation is the weather and the lack of rain; how nice it is to hear... continued

Thursday 15th July 2010

Despite studying natural sciences at university and absorbing all that Darwinian, evidence-based rationality, I like to think I am still an open minded man. When Raphs, one of our longest standing and more cosmically attuned members of staff suggested focusing positive energy on the artichokes using cups of aluminium filings and a copper wire I gave it a go (still... continued

Thursday 15th July 2010

We’ve still had no rain of any consequence and a month of 4am starts with the irrigator is wearing a bit thin. I’m quite a football fan but now the World Cup is over and I didn’t see a single game in its entirety. There’s always four years’ time I suppose. I did get to see parts of the England... continued

Thursday 8th July 2010

It’s not always easy to convince children of the joys of fruit and veg. Early this summer The Telegraph said that only one in five children is getting their full ‘five-a-day’. So why won’t some kids eat their greens? On our farm tours we find that even the most initially unimpressed child is soon eagerly clasping bunches of basil and... continued