News from the Dairy, August 2012.
Hello Everyone, I think at last we have a summer of sorts, the sun is shining today as it has been on what I feel has been a truly awe inspiring Olympic Games. The dedication, the discipline, the drive and shear determination shown by all the athletes has left me speechless, and who can not be moved by the achievement, in particular, of Mo Farah who arrived in this country 16 years ago as a refugee from Somalia and has now won gold in both the 5,000 and the 10,000 metres. And when being interviewed about his wins he took time to mention his charity Mo Farah Foundation set up to help people in East Africa, a truly remarkable man.
Sister Sarah Wins Gold
Not wishing to be left out, our cheeses have done rather well at the International Cheese Awards, the Olympics of the Cheese World, held at Nantwich in late July.
Sister Sarah won Gold and was the best Goat’s cheese on the day. Yes, it is a favourite cheese of mine, it has a clean, caramel flavour, is liked by those professing not to like goat cheese and it is a credit to our very talented cheese makers pictured with me.
Saint Giles, our answer to Port Salut, won Silver in both the Organic Cheese class and the Best Modern British class.
Sussex Slipcote won Silver in the soft sheep milk cheese class and Duddleswell won a Bronze in the hard sheep milk class.
It is quite humbling but also very satisfying to be recognised by our contemporaries in the cheese industry. And if you have yet to try any of these award winning cheeses please do visit our website for a list of our outlets or to purchase our cheese direct from us.
Reducing our Carbon Footprint
Always striving to reduce the impact we have on the planet, and with the guidance of Farm Renewables and Firefly Solar we have recently installed 120 photovoltaic panels on the farm. These are now supplying over 50 % of the electricity used by the dairy (on the recent sunny days, they provided almost all of our electricity ) and every year will prevent over 15 tonnes of CO2 polluting the atmosphere. Our electricity meter goes around a lot slower too!
Would You Like to Make Cheese?
Due to the popularity of our Cheese Making courses, see some of our very proud attendees pictured, we have courses scheduled for Saturday 8th September, Friday 14th September, Saturday 13th October and Friday 19th October. If you would like to attend a course on one of these days, or on another day with a group of friends, please do contact me Sarah by e-mailing firstname.lastname@example.org or phoning 01825 791 636. For more information PLEASE CLICK HERE
Do You Have a Party or Something to Celebrate?
Have you thought about celebrating with one of our cakes of cheese? Please visit our website or cheesenotcake.com for more information
Where Can You See us this Month?
Amongst other venues, you can try our Halloumi Cheese, being cooked by Sarah Raven’s Cookery School at the Smallholders Fair at Sissinghurst Castle on Saturday 18th and Sunday 19th August. We will have a stand there and also at Westerham on Sunday 19th and 26th, Knockholt on Saturday 25th and Le Marche in Heathfield on Monday 27th.
Cheese recipe of the month
Sister Sarah Goats Cheese Crepes, with minted broadbeans
Sister Sarah wins Gold at Nantwich, the Olympics of the Cheese World
Sister Sarah and the Cheese makers celebrate our success
Reducing our Carbon Footprint
Cheese Course Gold medallists
Celebration Cheese Cakes