Lack of December frost is spelling a potential shortage of Rhubarb for growers in Yorkshire’s ‘Rhubarb Triange’, with the first crop, due to hit the shops in March, currently at half expected volume.
Of course, the supermarkets will be stocking imported varieties, but Rhubarb aficionados claim that this lacks the subtlety of flavour of the Yorkshire grown fare. However, fear not, as it seems that later crops have not been similarly affected, so if you love your Rhubarb only when it’s grown in Yorkshire, you may find that you have a little longer to wait this year!
You can read the Telegraph Rhubarb article here. And Don’t forget you can buy all you need for Home Gardening at Agratech, click here
Now is the perfect time to get planting if you want to harvest your own Garlic and Shallots this summer.
Planting now will ensure that your plants get a good few weeks of cool temperatures needed to get the above ground growing underway.
We love locally based Robinsons website http://mammothonion.co.uk/ and plenty of new varieties and a very funky website at the Garlic Specialists http://www.thegarlicfarm.co.uk
extract from The Independent article The Clove Club
Cheshire farmer James Stratton was yesterday jailed for 12 months and banned from keeping animals for 10 years, after admitting animal cruelty charges.
Animal Welfare Officers told the court it was the ‘worst case they had ever seen’, after they had made the horrific discovery following an anonymous telephone tip-off.
The full story via the BBC News website, here
The Government is to invest £30m to plant 4 million new trees as they look to create 2000 hectares of new woodlands and place 200,000 ha into protected status.
The move will support existing landowners in their forestry work, and will create jobs and provide growth support for the forestry industry in the UK which already contributes around £230 million GVA ( figure from 2010, an increase of 52% since 2008)
More can be found on Defra’s pages here
You can also read the WoodlandTrust’s response to the plans on their website, here
It’s that time of year again…..
BBC Radio 4 have announced the categories for this years Food & Farming Awards, the 14th such event.
The 14th BBC Food and Farming Awards celebrate the best of British food and those companies and individuals who grow, make and supply it. Nominations close at midnight on Monday 27th January 2014.
We have a couple of local favourites in mind, especially the Yorkshire Gin that MrsL discovered at the Country Living Fair; but who will you vote for…?
You can see the categories and nominations on the Radio 4 Website here.
It might be cold and grey outside, but wrap-up warm and head outdoors!
The National Trust have plenty of activities and events running even in the Winter months, both indoor and outdoor.
Visit their website to see what events are taking place this weekend – click here then grab your coat & wellies and get moving!
Have a great weekend!
Thinking of a career in Farming and Agriculture? Already studying Agriculture?
McDonalds are once again seeking three young people to join their Progressive Young Farmer Training Programme, where participants will get mentored by top industry experts and work with the farms and companies that supply the burger chain.
Applications close on 17 January so be quick…
Apply via the company website here.
For its 2014 outing, The Lamma Show has relocated for the third time in its history, due to an increase in visitor and exhibitor numbers alike.
The Farm Machinery, Equipment and Agricultural Services Show which celebrates its 33rd show this year has made the move to the East of England Showground in Peterborough, in response to comments and feedback from visitors and exhibitors alike; and also has a new sponsor – AgriBank.
The new venue offers better route access and exit, along with room to grow further in future years, whilst remaining true to its roots.
Says Cliff Preston, event director:
“LAMMA prides itself on being the UK’s leading farm machinery equipment and services show and we are dedicated to offering a show that can continue to develop and provide both exhibitors and visitors with the best possible experience.
“We are committed to preserve the unique heritage and the friendly and informal atmosphere of the LAMMA show. It remains, at its heart, an easy and free to attend event for farmers to see the latest agricultural machinery, equipment and services from around the world.
The show runs from 7.30am – 5.30pm on 22 January and 7.30 – 4.30pm on 23 January, with both car parking and access free of charge.
More detail from the shows official webpage
Ripon Farm Services are kicking off the show season with a machinery showcase at the Great Yorkshire Showground in Harrogate on Wednesday & Thursday this week. An opportunity to view and drive products across a wide range of specialisms and manufacturers!
Find out more about their event on their website here.
Photo from Ripon Farm Services Website
From Diggers to Dogs, and Food to Ferrets….
This coming weekend, the CountrysideLive show takes over the Great Yorkshire Showground in Harrogate promising something for all the family.
The two day event is jam-packed with hands-on activities as well as the usual country show displays and competitions.Children can try their hand at sausage and bread making, willow weaving and straw crafts; release your inner Robin Hood having a go at Archery; or play with some big toys at Diggerland!
The shopping and food sections house a variety of local produce and a chance to bag some more individual artisan Christmas gifts!
The show runs Saurday 19th & Sunday 20th October, and tickets are priced at a very reasonable £22 for a family of 2 adults and 3 children, individual tickets are available.
We’ll see you there!
The CountrysideLive website is here.
Follow show news on Twitter @YAScountryside
Images from the CountrysideLive Website, with thanks