Farmer’s wife, farmer’s daughter, farmer’s sister … you get the drift. I have two sons and two daughters so maybe one day I’ll be farmers’ mother too. I cook every day, knit when it’s cold, sew when I have to and when the weather is good I walk or garden. My role on the farm is Person In Charge of the Office & All Paperwork, Christmas tree seller and general gofer.
Our farm is in Essex, on the eastern side of England, where we grow wheat, oilseed rape, beans and barley with small plantations of willow trees and Christmas trees. Visit the Great Slamseys farm website to find out more.
My daughter Beth runs Slamseys Drinks, producing flavoured Gins with fruits from the farm. I’ve appointed myself Chief Taster, which I take very seriously, while Beth has designated me Fruit Picker and General Helper, which aren’t such fun jobs. To discover more about Sloe Gin and other drinks, click here for the Slamseys Drinks website.
I started a blog to explain a little about what happens on a working farm and to tell some of the story behind the food we eat, from field or garden to the plate. You can read about making bread with wheat grown on the farm, using flowers and berries from the farm hedgerows and ways of dealing with a glut of fruit in the garden. Along the way you’ll also find some knitting and sewing, maybe some walking, but mainly a lot of cooking.