Our local farm shop, Village Greens, is a not-for-profit, run by lovely people to serve our local community on Bodmin Moor. They provide local and organic produce, fabulous cooked breakfasts and great company in our sometimes lonely bucolic idyll. We love what they do for our community, we love their gorgeous cakes and produce and want to share their weekly newsletter. In it Di provides beautiful and amusing insights into modern organic smallholding and farming life. Come and join us on Friday mornings if you can - bring a shopping bag too, but in the meantime, sit back, read on and enjoy...
A scorching week, great news for anyone hay-turning, less so for vegetable and flower growers, who's crops are probably suffering in the heat.
The dogs did a sit down protest on one of our longer walks the other day, deciding to lie down in the shade for a few minutes before we made our way home.
Another dog walking occasion turned into something quite unexpected. I have been tying the collie's lead around my waist and cycling up the road to give her a run. We cover more ground at a faster pace, which is exactly what she needs. My risk assesment of this activity concluded that there was considerable risk, but we'd take it anyway. What I hadn't factored in was the dog's instinct to give chase when we saw a fox cub. So there I was, balanced on two wheels, being pulled along by an excited dog, in a haphazard manner. Happily for us all, fox included, the dog tired, we slowed down, and came to a dignified stop. No electric bikes needed here, just keen canines.
At Village Greens we are thinking about ways to reduce single-use plastics. Our fruit & veg are plastic free with the exceptions of some fruit trays, please bring these back for re-use, and the occasional plastic bag which can also be re-used. Nearly all our groceries are packaged in cardboard or glass and our wholesaler, Suma, are working on ways to reduce any plastic or cellophane. The cleaning area is one of the most difficult to eliminate single-use plastic, but we can reduce it! Our bulk washing-up liquid and laundry liquid are selling well, so we are now purchasing it in 20 litre containers which makes it even cheaper, just bring your bottles along, any size, although we do have a few spares. We are considering getting the toilet cleaner in bulk, but we need the bottles with the specific top for cleaning under rims – so can you please start saving the bottles, any donations from anyone gratefully received. Are you interested in shampoo or conditioner in bulk? If so let us know. Have you tried our plastic bag alternatives? We all need plastic bags at some time but let’s use ones that are made from corn and similar plant residues that can be composted. It's easy to think that one little thing won't make much difference, but added together, the cumulative effect could be huge.
On the veg stall this week we have lots of summer treats, including avocados, cucumbers, tomatoes, peppers, and broad beans. There will be local salad bags, soft fruit and flowers.
It's the last week of Marion's cake stall, so Eccles Cake fans will need to stock up to see themselves through the weeks till she returns.
Village Greens is open on Fridays from 9am until 1pm
at Warleggan Jubilee Hall, Mount, near Bodmin PL30 4HB
See you there