Mad busy day on Saturday at the Todds Of Campsie Kia Family Fun day....I was on hand offering some seasonal Gardening Advice, highlighting some amazing plants available now in Knox's Garden Centre, detailing some Grow-your -own jobs such as planting Garlic, sowing wallflowers and the likes and promoting the Love Food Hate Waste agenda with a strong focus on growing soft fruits - Encouraging folks to grow perishable soft fruit such as Strawberries and Redcurrants and to help folks along we gave out well over a hundred Redcurrant plants to attendees on the day
Apologies for the lack of pictures...but I started at 11am and finished handing out the last bit of advice at 4pm.....I was packed all day....folks came and went all day, Ian did a number of different cookery inspiration sessions, there was prize drays, Foyle Search and Rescue had their wagons out...(with sirens going off all day lol!!)...there was face painters, charity BBQ, giant Jenga, the Connect 4, Disco, Bouncy Castles, the BroighterGold taste test, and me.....what a great day...Rumour has it Michael Todd cooked 150 burgers - he had 2 charcoal barbecues on the go all day...poor man!!!!!
We had a wonderful trip on Sunday 9th December to Broighter Gold RapeSeed Oil farm and production facility in Limavady. This is part of a series of walks and events to highlight the journey from Field 2 Fork, and Leona's set-up in Limavady is an innovative example of farm diversification and the local food message all in one....
The Broighter Gold farm is famous...firstly its the site where the Broighter
Hoard was discovered, when one evening in February 1896, two local ploughmen, (Tom Nicholl & James Morrow), working in a field at Broighter, stumbled across a hard object. Later, this find revealed several gold objects which included an ornamental collar, a little boat with oars, a bowl, two bracelets and two necklaces. This treasure is presently housed in the National Museum in Dublin, however visitors to Limavady can view a hologram of the objects in the Tourist Information Centre and view their intricate beauty, and secondly the World Ploughing Championships were held there in 1991 - hense the 'Prospect Ball' at the entrance to the farm...
Pictures from Gerry Temple
richard and young jacob
we had a wonderful tour around a very busy farm, but everywhere there are reminders that this is not a multi-national operation, its a family business offering something unique and different, winning awards along the way, buts is a 2.5 person operation.....with Richard Kane doing the farming, hundreds of acres of rapeseed, barley and potatoes under cultivation (and yes there was about 15 tractors around the place...and richards is the only man who drives them lol!!), leona producing this award winning Oil, and being a busy mum to 2, with granny helping out with the labelling and to add to this Leona is now opening a shop and a new 'food tour' opening in 2013...a busy lady!
you can check out Boighter golds website here and their facebook page here
Details just announced of a special one-off event combining the best of kitchen gardening, local produce and cooking....
On Sun 9th December from 11am Acclaimed chef Emmett McCourt and myself will be teaming together with Broughter RapeSeed Oils to offer a unique day exploring local food and inviting you to make someone special for a seasonal gift or as a wonderful store-cupboard item.
On the day we will be given a tour of the Broighter Gold Farm (site of the famous Broighter Gold ring) and get to see how Broighter RapeSeed Oil is produced from pressing to bottling and get an insight into the processes involved, Chef Emmett McCourt will then hold a culinary demonstration on how to use the best of kitchen garden produce to make fantastic flavoured oils (a great way of preserving produce and for making best use of your grow-your-own produce) Along with Emmett Gardener Gareth Austin will give advice on how to grow the tastiest of kitchen garden produce to begin with....including tips and advice on container growing and growing herbs, peppers, chillies etc in limited space.
This is part of the developing Feast or Famine Food Tours, which Emmett will be announcing details of soon...
This promises to be a great event, and we expect demand to be strong. Places are limited to the 30 people so if you'd like to attend please leave a comment on the blog or contact Leona at Broighter Oils on 07912076607.
The event will be held in:
80 Broighter Road,
on SUNDAY 9th december 11am
For map and directions please check Broighter Gold website here
Cost for the event is £10 per person, with each person taking home a bottle of Broighter Gold Rapeseed oil home.
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