My l;ast post in this category was too negative (perhaps).
Now I want to look at the food producers in my own county of Suffolk. In the east of England, with a coastline on the North Sea/English Channel we have one of the better climates in the UK. We lack moisture at times, but usually have a touch too much wind!
Let’s start with Baron Bigod – he was granted lands in 1966 when the Normans invaded. His family exerted an iundue influence upon our lands.
Now his name has been taken up by new champions, Jonny and Dulcie Crickmore have Fen Farm. They have herd of Montbeliarde cows – yes they are French, which they use to produce Brie-de-Meaux cheese, and are probably the only producers of this delicious raw milk hand-made brie in the UK.
Raw milk enables the production of Skyr, an Icelandic- style yoghurt. This is labour-intensive, free of all the additives found in supermarket products. is full of natural bacteria and available in several flavours,
This artisanal natural yoghurt is the product of two great years of travel and development. It is their interpretation of an iconic staple of the Icelandic diet, handmade on the farm, from the fresh morning milk of free range Montbelliarde herd.
The skyr team travelled to the geothermal farmlands of Iceland to be trained in the art of traditional skyr making by master skyr maker, Thorgrimur. On bringing home the recipe and a small pot of Thorgrimur’s generously gifted family skyr cultures, they have been beavering away quietly in the back of the cheese room to develop an unique version.
They don’t add anything “extra” to yoghurts. No milk powder, no thickeners, no stabilisers, nothing like that. Just our own skimmed cows milk, straight from the same day’s milking. Making it the traditional way is a lot more labour intensive. To achieve that beautifully silky texture and creamy consistency, we gently strain our skyr through natural cheesecloths. This creates a completely natural finish and preserves the delicate milky flavours.
They have teamed up with the amazing England Preserves, to bring you a series of flavoured skyrs, using their artisanal fruit compotes.: Natural | Gooseberry and Elderflower | Blackcurrant | Redcurrant, Rhubarb and Vanilla.
I have a regular order with Fen Farm. Every three months I get a selection of five British-made cheeses as a member of their Cheese Club, which comes with exra benefits including 10% discount on all theiir shop products, that includes Skyr yoghurt, raw milk and butter. Delicious.