Back to the normal routine of markets. Rhiwbina on Friday, Usk on Sat and Riverside on Sunday with our usual range of organic meats - fresh Aberdeen Angus beef, new season Welsh lamb, mutton, pork and chickens. Pies, faggots and plenty of frozen sausages. (I can recommend the pork and apple ones !!) Local deliveries and collections from the farm by arrangement.
I say normal but there are a few extras this weekend. John and Ffi are cooking sausages and burgers on Saturday at Pantside near Crumlin for a Caerphilly council event "Go Wild" - a really good event for children to learn about bugs and beasties / countryside matters. Graham is off (also on Saturday) to represent us all at the launch of the SE Wales group of the Slow Food movement in St Fagans where a really interesting display of foody issues and food has been put together in the marquee where the Sunday farmers market is held. There are a number of lovely stalls - "a pop up market" to use Gareth Wyn Jones' terminology - I hope you all watched his programme on Monday evening on BBC1. You may get a glimpse of Penrhiw in 2 weeks time when he talks about cooking lunch for the children of Ysgol Hywel Dda in Ely.
The grass is growing on the farm - we should get good crops of hay and silage (remember the saying "wet May barn full of hay". We want to start the silage but the ground needs a few days to dry up after the deluge on Mon/Tues - my word did it rain !!. Poor Hetty, the foal, didn't like it at all and came inside - I knew that large foaling box would come into good use. Hetty was born out the field in the sunshine so Monday was a bit of a shock to her. She is growing well and becoming quite a character. Leading lessons will start soon.