Trevaskis Farm
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Did we get it right this year...?
Edition 4 - 27-07-07

Finally the weather seems to be on the turn and we are poised for more glorious sunny days with people gently ambling around the farm fruit picking, learning from the wealth of crops growing in the Organic Kitchen Garden or taking tours to see the animals. A tough time with the weather this summer but have we actually bridged the gap that has challenged, dodged or typically beat us for some years? Plus endorsement from the Cornwall Healthy Schools programme...

 
Yes...we've bridged the gap !
Years of persistence and tweaking seems to have paid off...or maybe this years odd weather in some ways went in our favour, who knows but the result is a glorious crop of our own Strawberries at a time of year when all to often only Dutch or American imports seem to be available.

With the first of two carefully staged crops in 'full flight' and laden with fruit to pick this weekend, plus a reasonable weather forecast (if you can believe it), we have plenty on offer. Also picking this weekend are Gooseberries, Black and Redcurrant, Peas, Broad Beans, Raspberries, Loganberries along with the very first of our cultivated Blackberries. All of these fruits and vegetables are also available 'ready picked' in our farm shop. Plus we have tasters in the shop all weekend on some of the delicious new ranges recently added to our shelves.

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Our Chefs Challenge event goes down a storm...
On Tuesday 10th July, James Wearne and James Campbell, two of our most experienced chefs, cooked up a storm in their first outdoor cookery demonstration.
The demonstration sought to highlight the possibilities when using seasonal produce in your cooking, with such delights as braised belly of pork from the farm’s own herd of rare breed British Lop pigs with seasonal vegetables, pan – fried mackerel on a bed of cherry tomatoes and basil, monkfish wrapped in parma ham over creamed cabbage, chocolate fondant with home – made vanilla ice cream and a raspberry coulis, raspberry and crème fraiche Eton mess, all using fruit and vegetables grown on the farm and picked only hours beforehand.
Amongst the audience were the Truro College Science department, having had a tour of the farm. Judie Sutton, Programme Area Secretary for the Science Department said
‘We all thoroughly enjoyed the day. The tour was very informative and cooking was really interesting – we loved the tasters despite being very full after a great lunch. It was an excellent day.’
Also amongst the crowd was Gill Hay who commented,
'Already being a devotee of Trevaskis fare and hardened 'foodie' I hardly needed any persuading to turn up!  Was a little hesitant about the weather and the event being staged outdoors but it soon became evident that the only drizzle was the oil which the chefs so professionally used!  The sun shone through as did their enthusiasm for the produce which they, and we, are privileged to use. The choice of menu was first class as demonstrated by the way the samples generously passed around rapidly disappeared and forks and spoons licked clean.  Smiling faces all round.
My closing comment - as Dicken's Oliver (not the Jamie one) would say - more please!'
Thank you Gill and rest assured this is only the first of many similar events to come !
 
 
 
Endorsement from the Cornwall Healthy Schools programme...
With the last few tours taking place before the schools break up for their summer holidays a welcome endorsement from the Cornwall Healthy Schools programme co-ordinator.

Having met with them earlier in the year we gained some valuable advise which helped us to push the boundaries of what we had on offer. Having conducted many tours so far and being well on target to receive in excess of 2500 children through our gates this year we were very please to receive contact from the Healthy Schools programme. Having recently visited a school that had taken part in one of Trevaskis' educational tours the healthy schools co-ordinators learnt first hand of their experience. The response being so positive they have now decided to put a link to our website on the main Cornwall Healthy Schools programme site www.healthpromcornwall.org/. This should mean great news for our educational programme enabling us to make this even further reaching into the schools of Cornwall.

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We look forward to seeing you all soon - Thank you!
Giles & the Trevaskis team