An Article About Dairy Farming in the Yorkshire Dales and some of my controversial commentary

See below for my comments on the parlous state of the UK milk industry. From the Yorkshire Post: http://www.yorkshirepost.co.uk/news/rural/farming/huge-push-needed-for-british-food-as-dairy-farming-slumps-1-6073135 The region’s dairy sector has suffered serious decline in the past five years, with the loss of more than 100 businesses. Some 800 dairy farmers operated in Yorkshire and the Humber in 2008 and now, just 655 remain, figures from DairyCo show as …

The Last Few Weeks in the life of Ribblesdale Cheese

We have been keeping ourselves pretty busy, making goat cheese twice a week and cow every fortnight, plus the new mystery goat cheese and Yorkshire Bowlers and Pumpkins. So…what exciting things have we been up to?  Apart from drinking coffee and eating chocolate biscuits. We made friends with a local journalist, Betsy who lives in the same village as Stu. …

Steve from Hampshire’s Cheesey Guidance on Making Cheese at Home

Steve’s Meadow Farm Raw Milk Cheese. I took Iona’s one day cheese-making course February 2013, and I have made a few batches of cheese since. I’m not going to cover all the stuff that Iona covers on her workshop – it’s a tremendously useful foundation in cheese-making and if you have an interest it’s definitely worth attending. This is a …

An American Infographic About Milk

    We were approached by a lady called Arianna who asked us to include some information about milk and cheese – stats and history, health reasons etc. I agreed and hope you will find this useful, though, it is American and aimed at Americans and imperial…and uses the word awesome. But it is interesting, nonetheless if you, like me, …

A Nice Article About Us in the Darlington & Stockton Times

A very nice article about us by Betsy Everett, a freelance journalist who coincidentally lives in the same village as Stu.  Click here for the on-line version: The ‘other’ cheese firm is worth tracking down 2:57pm Friday 13th September 2013 in Weekend TEAMWORK: Left to right, Stuart, Iona and Andrew get down to work Betsy Everett vists the smaller of two …

Oh My…our old friend at Direct Fruit Supplies grew cannabis

I thought there was something odd when we were getting a lot of hits on our two Direct Fruit Supply blog posts, when today, I received an anonymous e-mail with this link: Stu and I have been wondering whether we could (legally) have accepted some of the £27,000 worth of cannabis Michael grew – that he had no idea what …

Three Reasons Why We Like Our New Curd Table

Curd tables are an under looked piece of kit when planning a dairy, but you do need something to put pots on, pot out on and a whole load of other things too.  Traditionally, people use them to pour curd on to and then pot up.  We pot up in the vat and transfer the pots from the vat to …

Digital Detox

We have been offline for 15 whole days.  Many apologies to those to whom I have not replied. No internet at work and limited internet at home.  It has not been fun.  In fact, it has been diabolical – we receive most of our orders by e-mail, we arrange our courier on the internet…I won’t go on.  It all happened …