Wark Farm

Organic Farm, butchery, holiday cottage and textiles in Aberdeenshire

Monday 18th of December 2017

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December 2017 at Wark Farm

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  • 2017-12-08 11:52:26

At the risk of making myself feel old, I’ve had my radar switched on to the happenings in the world of small food producers, retailers and restaurants in the north east for quite a few years now. There have been a fair few comings and goings over that time, some of those that were well established when I started direct selling are still going strong. Some early pioneers have gone, through retirement or trading difficulties. A clutch of small business’s...

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November 2017 at Wark Farm

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  • 2017-12-08 11:49:20

Right now, in amongst a whole raft of things which are all about planning, developing the business and the future, it’s happily anomalous that my interest in the very basics, the soils that underpin all this enterprise, is stronger now than it’s ever been over the 14 years I’ve been wandering about this place. Through the various evolutions and revolutions the farm has been through of course much thought has been given to the foundations, we...

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October 2017 at Wark Farm

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  • 2017-12-08 11:46:51

So, there I was.A rather shy child, obsessed with animals, the natural world, keeping slugs as pets (amongst a huge menagerie of other beings) and filling my wellies with water in any burn I could get access to guddle in. When not messing around in the country I was consuming books on the topic and announcing, at the age of five, that I was going to be a farmer. Two things back then I would certainly not have predicted were (and William Hill would...

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September 2017 at Wark Farm

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  • 2017-12-08 11:45:42

It’s reached that time in the month againwhere I say sorry for sending the regular email a bit late. Sorry. By way of redress I can offer you some seasonal partridge this month, apologies they’re not free or anything but they are rather lovely. Not quite as exquisite as the grey partridge perhaps, these are red legged partridge, but still one of my favourite game birds. We have them available as oven ready birds, packs of 4 skinless breasts or...

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August 2017 at Wark Farm

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  • 2017-12-08 11:44:26

There’s a fine line between sense and gut led passionin developing a business like Wark Farm. A mixture of idealism, vision, practicalities and reality checks. When going counter to the general trend in agriculture of course you want to be the part of shape of things to come, rather than the one steaming off in the opposite direction. There is of course no knowing on which path we are on. Food is a global business and as supply, demand, protectionism...

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July 2017 at Wark Farm

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  • 2017-12-08 11:42:30

Taking my cue from a globe that seems to be keen on change i and the absence of a normal, and isn’t quite sure what the new normal is, if there ever actually was one, and being, personally speaking, generally quite happy for there to be no normal, we were selling at Banchory market yesterday and are doing the July open days this week. IAfter an absence for a while, we have the return of venison on the list this month, local red deer, the free-range...

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June 2017 at Wark Farm

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  • 2017-12-08 11:41:15

Welcome to this official, totally apolitical, sadly no party, broadcast from Wark Farm. Enough already. We are offering Open Day Light this month, and no I didn’t say your bum was big in that. Sadly, and frustratingly, I have been in hospital for chunk of time since the May open days. Team Wark Farm have done a grand job keeping the fields afloat and the animals fed but I am under orders to ease myself gently back to work. Being naturally cussed,...

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May 2017 at Wark Farm

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  • 2017-12-08 11:39:30

I discovered recently that the origin of the word bucolic is cowherd, when traced back to the Greek. And so through pastoral (the grazing of animals), via reference to the countryside in more general terms, to the use I most associate it with, being a romanticised, serene view of the countryside. Knowing its origins puts a much needed dash of earthiness for me into an otherwise rather disingenuous look at my world. There’s far too much drama in...

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April 2017 at Wark Farm

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  • 2017-12-08 11:38:15

Counting down to lift off Wark Farm, we are ten days away from the ‘official’ start of lambing this year. It’s been an easy run through winter and up to this point. We altered our grazing management last year to leaving grass ungrazed in the autumn for so that there is fresh grass for the ewes now, a plan which has certainly benefited from the lovely spring days we’ve had. All being well it should mean that we won’t need to buy in any concentrate...

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March 2017 at Wark Farm

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  • 2017-12-08 11:36:37

We have now had our full compliment of feathered signs of spring at the farm. It’s supposed to be swallows that welcome in the summer and they will be a while yet but for us the seasonal progression of wading birds, all with their distinctive and beautiful calls are so very characteristic of this piece of country as the days lengthen. Following it’s usual pattern the snipe numbers are reducing in the wetland as the migratory birds move away...

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February 2017 at Wark Farm

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  • 2017-12-08 11:28:32

Long time customers of Wark Farm will know that the farm has been through a few incarnations over the years (they will also know that sometimes I’m very late with my monthly email, like this one, sorry!). The business was originally built up on a relatively large organic pig herd meeting a gap in the market in the area for good quality pork and we produced a wide range of fresh, cooked and cured pork products. A few years ago we stopped producing...

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January 2017 at Wark Farm

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  • 2017-12-08 10:45:08

I was given a book for Christmas this year called the Ethical Carnivore: My Year Killing to Eat. Coals to Newcastle perhaps for this particular farmer & butcher but in it the author explores the origins of the meat in our diets and hands on is involved in killing a number of the animals she goes on to eat. An admirable project, but you’ll have to wait for the book review as I’ve not made it far into the text yet. I know that the life and death...

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