Food made with ingredients that are grown with love and care has something powerful that connects us to ourselves, our history, our culture, our past and present, and brings us closer to our land. Fresh, and preferably organic, produce is vital to the creation of nourishing, nutrient-dense food.
Prince Charles, the best known organic farmer in Great Britain, transformed Highgrove Home Farm to a seedbed of sustainable agriculture almost three decades ago, and the result was vegetable boxes for the locals and a range of organic gourmet food available to the public. The first product in the Duchy Originals range was my favourite Original Oaten Biscuits.
The wheat and oats all from organic farms in the UK and most grow a traditional variety of wheat called Maris Widgeon – which grows unusually tall. As a result, it gives protection to native birds and insects while preventing weeds without the need for pesticides. Next time when you pick up one of these delicious, original biscuits, you are benefitting Mother Nature and your stomach at the same time.
Another one of my favourite is the rich, bittersweet Thick Cut Seville Orange Marmalade. There’s nothing more quintessentially British than marmalade, and this one is handmade in traditional copper-bottomed boiling pans in the glorious Somerset. When I don’t have time to make my own (recipe to follow soon), this still offers the dark, chunky goodness we all crave.
Next time when you order a vegetable box from one of your local organic farms, consider going one step further and join the impossibly glamourous Duchess of Devonshire and feed some poultry friends in a ball gown. Who says one cannot farm in style?