Throwing Pots and Making Candles

1 Nov 2017 | 0 comments

The Trill Farm candle pots are skilfully thrown by Bryony in our little pottery. It’s a place of focused, energy in the midst of the activity of the farm’s central courtyard. Romy set up the pottery in order to spend more time being creative and to develop her throwing skills. After 10 years of being at Trill Farm she’s now started to dedicate a few hours a week to making pots.

The candles are made with a blend of our Trill Farm beeswax and a little vegetable wax. The beeswax is gathered from the hives at the edge of the water meadow, in their own deep and wild hedgerow between the cows and the ponds.

Bees are heroes ensuring that pollination happens and as an added benefit we use their honey and a little beeswax. We like to think that there’s a little bit of bee-hero energy in each of the handmade candles.

Here’s to a future of more pots and hives full of healthy bees.

The candle has a spicy warm fragrance of bay leaves and is available as part of our Winter hamper available from from our online shop.

Inside the Winter Hamper: The Trill Farm Herb Garden

1 Nov 2017 | 0 comments

Trill Farm Winter Tea

We made a plan, planted the seeds, tended the plants, harvested, macerated and dried the herbs ready to be used in a range of botanical products. This year has been a good year. Our herb garden has been beautiful and bountiful, from the beds of yarrow and meadowsweet to blue mallow and marigolds, we pick our herbs, choosing the best for the herb dryer.

Trill teas are seasonal. An easy word to use, but we mean it. Each herb we use in the winter tea, is blended to support the body’s ability to protect itself against colds and flu when the warmth of the sun is absent. Watch as the herbs unfold when boiling water is added. A delicious tea to soothe, delight and nourish. It contains bay leaves, hawthorn tops and berries, mulberries, dried apples, mallow flowers and leaves and rosehips.

The Trill Farm Herb Garden is one of the many businesses at Trill Farm. The garden is tended by Bryony and a changing group of willing and wonderful volunteers. We run a volunteer day every Wednesday if you’d like to brush up on your gardening skills and learn about the herbs we grow.

Trill Farm Winter Tea is part of our Winter Hamper, available now to pre-order from our our online shop.

Inside the Winter Hamper: Trill Tomato Seeds

3 Nov 2017 | 0 comments

Trill Tomato Seeds are part of the Trill Winter Hamper

Ash and Kate run the Trill Farm Garden. They have a 2.5 acre plot at Trill Farm where they grow salad and vegetables. They harvest around three tonnes of salad a year, growing over 80 different varieties of leaf and flower for the mix. The tomato seeds in our Winter Hamper were selected from the plants at Trill Farm. Here’s a few words from Ash...

Tomatoes

Being growers, and myself a son of growers, tomatoes have always been a luxury to us only available in the summer months. This is rather unusual in an age where everything is accessible to us whenever we want it, including tomatoes in the depths of winter. They are a true symbol of summer and something we always look forward to, from sowing the seed in February, to pricking out the plants in March and planting them in April. As the plants grow and we handle them more, the smell is very evocative, and takes me back to being a child and walking through the large glasshouses of tomatoes that my parents grew.

Tomatoes are also one of those crops that vary greatly in flavour, shape and colour and there are still a huge number of different varieties available to grow. However, some are becoming rarer, and since hybridisation of seed in the early part of the 20th century they have succumbed to the fate of many other seed varieties which are not seen to be commercial varieties and therefore not worth registering and saving. This is where small growers who are interested in diversity can step in and keep some of these old varieties alive by selecting the best plants each year and saving seed from them. Diversity is key to resilience as a grower, and the more different crops that we can grow and different varieties within those crops, the greater our resilience is to failures caused by weather, pests and diseases.

The seeds in the winter hamper have been selected from plants at Trill Farm.

Trill Farm Winter hamper is now available to pre-order from our online shop.

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