Gold for our organic back bacon!! Producers enter their food which is judged by at least 3 different judging panels at 3 different venues. This year over 7400 products were entered from over 1500 companies. All the tasting is blind and the 350+ judges are fine food retailer, chefs, restaurant critics, food writers and other industry experts. The team at Eversfield organic are absolutely delighted to be recognised as one of the country´s finest meat producers.
It is once again the ‘season of mellow mists and fruitfulness’ and all around us here are reminders of the fantastic job nature does of providing for us. Our hedgerows are laden with blackberries and sloes, all waiting to be picked and preserved – or turned into fabulous sloe gin. Our orchard has produced a bumper crop of apples and our wild hazel hedges are covered with nuts which will no doubt be stripped bare by the squirrels and all our magnificent old oak trees are dropping acorns as we speak. All our organic sileage is baled and waiting for winter and our cattle barns are cleaned out and banked up with straw.
Our organic pigs are out all year round on our pastures with access to wallows and plenty of natural shelter. Their pig arcs are bedded down with deep straw so that they stay comfortable in even the worst weather. We have had four litters already this year with another litter due before Christmas.
Our Organic Aberdeen Angus are still out on grass and we have had a fantastic year for grass and it is still growing. Hopefully if the weather holds the cattle will be living out for several more weeks. But we are all set up to bring them into our cattle barns if the weather should become very wet. When they are in they have deep straw beds and adlib organic sileage from our own land.
Our organic sheep are all weaned and will stay out on the pasture all through the autumn and winter. They are in a sheltered valley with gently sloping paddocks which are well drained providing excellent grazing all year round. Our Lleyn ram and our Charollais ram will be leaving their bachelor pad in the orchard and making a welcome return to their flock of ewes.