First harvest of 2017!

*Drumroll please*. It is with enormous pleasure that I can now reveal the first of our 2017 harvest! It is a sprig of Rosemary, which we used in one of my absolutely favourite comfort dishes for cold weather, Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall’s Chicken with lentils and rosemary. A puny harvest? Yes. Technically cheating as I bought rosemary plugs and just grew them larger? Yes. But enormously satisfying to nip out to the garden wielding our herb scissors and to be able to harvest my very own home-grown herbs and use them minutes after they’re cut rather than produce some sad, limp, week-old, pesticide-ridden herbs from an overpriced supermarket packet? Of course. I did a little herb dance with GarlicBoy and strutted around like a peacock that’s just laid a golden egg. It’s not the 90p that I saved by growing the herbs, it’s the primal sense of happiness and satisfaction that I get from providing for my little family in even the tiniest sense. It’s good for the soul. And the stomach of course.

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We farm a three acre smallholding in Hampshire, England, having fled London in pursuit of the good life for our little family. We mess about with an assorted menagerie and try to be as self-sufficient as possible in meat and fruit and vegetables whilst enjoying our plot and an outdoors lifestyle with our son. I am the luckiest person that I know.

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