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Farmhouse Breakfast Week, eat your oats for British farmers

Anna Louise Batchelor: The writer William Somerset Maugham famously said of British cuisine “To eat well in England, you should have breakfast three times a day”. We’re famed for our ‘full English’, revered for Scottish kippers and ‘glow’ with porridge, yet a recent study found that 47% of British people regularly don’t eat breakfast. In my ‘day job’ I’m know as Porridge Lady; cooking with, writing about and developing recipes and products that contain the humble oat. I’m quite obsessional about oats as I think that they are good not only for our health but also the soil too.

18 January 2013 | 315 Comments | Recommended by 29

Serious tractoring, cattle on holiday and the last calf...

Emma Heseltine: There seems to be a window of good weather so it's time to get the combine rolling. The old Massey chews through quite a bit of Susan’s oats before we get rained off, it's too boggy in the middle. We do get a trailer full of oats into the barn which is a start. On Tuesday the brand new John Deere arrives at Stone Raise and I, lucky thing that I am, get to have a little go at driving it. I’m extremely careful not to scrape it down anything; it’s got to stay shiny for a little while at least! I get to ride along when John cuts his Barley, it's cut, scooped and spun and then the straw is spat out the back.

10 September 2012 | 0 Comments | Recommended by 1

Rocks, the last of the lambs and Wasi and June...

Emma Heseltine: The spring barley went in last week on the Park at Wallacefield. It’s been rolled too, not by me this time and the next job is to get rid of some of the boulders that have turned up. We track back and forth picking them up then move onto the winter oats to get the smaller ‘combine breakers.’

22 April 2012 | 2 Comments | Recommended by 1

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