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January 2020 Farm Round Up

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Piglets in the sun

The New Year on Buttle Farm has been …. frankly, very muddy!  We are luckier than some and we know which paddocks suffer the most so we can try and be smart with where we keep the pigs during winter and which ones should be rested until Spring.    We always aim to have 4 […]

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2019 Farm Round Up Summary

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snowy osbs

With the festive season behind us, it is time to reflect on the year just gone with all its twists and turns.  With some relief, it was not a year of weather extremes – no massive heatwave, no Beast from the East to test us – plenty of variety to talk about but we were […]

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November 2019 Farm Round Up

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Large Black weaners

Rain – light rain – heavy rain – showers – drizzle – November has brought the lot!  Whilst we are not struggling as much as folks in the Yorkshire area, it is VERY wet here.  The pigs don’t seem to mind – they are much more agile in the muddy areas than I am but […]

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Easy Christmas Stuffing Recipes

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sausage balls square

Robert’s Fruity Stuffing 500g Buttle Farm Sausagemeat 200g Rude Health Fruity Date Porridge 1 medium onion, finely chopped Fresh ground black pepper 1 pack Buttle Farm Streaky Bacon Robert’s Nutty Stuffing 500g Buttle Farm Sausagemeat 300g Rude Health ‘The Oatmeal’ Porridge 1 medium onion, finely chopped Handful of fresh sage, finely chopped 50g pecans, roughly […]

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October 2019 Farm Round Up

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sow and piglets

September’s mini heatwave moved on and October brought proper Autumn days – sometimes sunny, often rainy, but with a real chill in the air. Our Autumn glut of piglets continue to thrive – and are now happily tucking in to the windfall apples supplied by our neighbours. October was a big month for the piglets […]

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September 2019 Farm Round Up

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When the British weather is great, it is truly amazing. What a fabulous September we’ve been blessed with this year. My tomatoes have ripened well and we’ve hosted a number of BBQ parties out on the terrace – sunglasses were more in evidence than coats! Inevitably some rain came towards the end of the month […]

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August 2019 Farm Round Up

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Pheby GSP

Summer is racing through at a ridiculous speed – and just for a change, no complaints from this farmer about the weather. It’s been a good mix of sunshine and rain – everything is growing well, the fields are in great condition, the pigs are happy – life is good!  Our cover photo this month […]

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July 2019 Farm Round Up

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deer

Summer rolls on and happily, a more British summer this year. I know not everyone appreciates a bit of rain every now and then but last summer’s heatwave had significant downsides so this year’s mixed forecast has been welcomed! The grass (and weeds) are having a bumper year – the tractor has been kept busy […]

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June 2019 Farm Round-Up

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Incubator full of eggs

It’s definitely summer – whilst the weather has been somewhat patchy, new life is popping up all over the farm albeit of the feathered variety! I wonder if we should re-do our logo to include birds? Our first spot was a red-legged partridge and her chicks in the guinea fowl barn. Not a total surprise […]

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Two easy-to-make tasty sauces for BBQs or Slow Roasts

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They work well together or apart! Robert’s BBQ Sauce (followed by Cool Coriander Sauce) Ingredients: (all measures dessert spoons) 15 dsp cider vinegar 10 dsp brown sugar 3 dsp Lea & Perrins Worcestershire sauce 2 dsp tomato ketchup 3 dsp tomato puree Whole head garlic, peeled and finely chopped Chilli sauce or finely chopped chilli, […]