06.10.2017 / by YoursTrulyCatering
It’s been a while since we have posted anything here as we have been so incredibly busy with work over these last few months. It has been our best & most fabulous wedding season yet! We have catered for some beautiful events & feel very lucky that we get to continue with a job we love so much.
Running a business myself, I feel very passionate about buying local. I can already imagine you rolling your eyes saying “oh not another ‘buy local’ preacher!” But I promise you, I’m not preaching, I’m just telling you about what we do to play our part in keeping local businesses running.
We run our business from my home based in Bangor-On-Dee, Wrexham. If you don’t know this place, you should really look it up, it’s such a beautiful village. We live in the countryside- myself, my husband, two children & our dog. The front of our house overlooks the Bangor-On-Dee racecourse & the back of our house overlooks fields with resident cows. As I write this, I am sat on my comfortable chair at my window & have around 9 or 10 calves as my audience. It really is a beautiful place to live.
Our local farmers are Brian & Rosie & their son Stuart and his wife Rachel. They based a 1 minute walk away from my house at Porthygan Farm and they really are the nicest people you ever will meet. Their dairy farm has been running since 1953 and they currently have 80 milking cows and 80 young cows. Their cows are free range & have a wonderful life slowly roaming around their large fields grazing on grass for more than 200 days a year. Myself & my children have seen many calf’s born on this farm and fed from their mothers until they are ready to go it alone. They also have chickens, cats, ducks & until recently, a very old farm dog with one blue eye & one brown eye. Sadly, he passed away last week. We receive our milk 3 days a week from the farm and our eggs on a Friday. All of the crusts that get cut off our sandwiches, go to their chickens & after every wedding, any leftover food goes to their chickens too.
Their wonderful farm have had a real struggle in recent years because of the low price they get paid for their milk. There’s really too much information for me to write on here as to why this has happened but I’m sure you have all seen things in the media over the last few years about this. Stuart was part of the peaceful farming protests in London and has even met with Theresa May to discuss what can help their industry moving forwards. I know a lot of local farmers & recently asked on Facebook what we can do, as consumers, to help them. It was surprising for me that not one of them really had an answer to as how we can help. They felt it had gone too far to change things, and for them to go to their local auction house and seeing many, many farms being sold off was heart breaking, giving them sleepless nights & constant worry about their future. Being good friends of mine, it would be heart breaking for me to see if they ever had to give up the farm. This is what they have worked so hard for almost 65 years for. They are part of the community, everyone knows them. They are volunteers, handymen & women, cake bakers, bell ringers, shop workers & will always help out a neighbour. They are the hardest working people I know. Up at 5am every day, even in the freezing cold, on Christmas day or birthday’s, the farm never stops.
There is something really small we can do to help. Firstly, we can try to buy local whenever possible. I know in this day & age, supermarkets are the easiest and sometimes cheapest place to go for our produce. I shop at supermarkets and convenience stores too but if just once a month, we bought meat from our local butcher, milk from our nearest farm, bread from a bakery or fish from a fishmonger, we would really help these business to not only survive but to thrive. Why not use a piece of meat you haven’t used before? Ask your local butcher what is reasonably priced but very tasty. Our milk is much cheaper to buy from the farm than it is in supermarkets as are our eggs but even if you do have to splash an extra few pennies on your meat, remember that the quality with be much better and you know what your eating will come from a local hardworking family of farmers. Buy raw milk. Porthygan farm has just had a fantastic milk machine put in place so you can now go and help yourself on the way home from work. It’s that beautiful, creamy, straight from the cow milk that you or your parents used to get delivered and fight over the cream on the top. If you can’t buy local, always try to buy British & look out for the Red Tractor assured food standards logo as this meat will have come from a farm with good animal welfare, food safety, traceability & environmental protection. Lets play our small part in allowing Porthygan Farm & others like this to continue into the future, to let our children see where their meat/ milk is from & let their children have the chance to work on their family farms in the future.
If your passing Porthygan Farm (LL130TP Bangor-Is-Y-Coed), pull in and get yourself some of their lovely milk. Tell them I sent you… 😉