Monday, 2 September 2013
Down On The Farm
Chyvarloe Farm is situated in Gunwalloe near Helston. It is part of the Penrose Estate, owned by The National Trust. Mr and Mrs C run the farm, and their daily adventures are documented on their fabulous Facebook page. They sell meat and vegetables direct from the farm and other local suppliers, by way of a home delivery system. Their own recipie sausages have won awards, and they are also the proud owners of Boris, reputedly the biggest pig in the UK. They are clearly a young couple who have a shared vision, and work hard to realise a dream of working the land and providing great quality fare to their customers.
I have lived vicariously through their tales of farm life. After all, most of us these days dream of a return to the land in some form or another, don't we? That is in no way meant to trivialise the hard work, comittment and drive that Mr and Mrs C obviously posess. I just admire them from afar. Plain and simple.
Yesterday was Chyvarloe Farm's annual open day event, and me and Mum took Olly and my nephew Billy along (but really they took me). There was lots to see and do, including wood working, story telling, tractor rides, baling demonstrations, a craft and produce market, a nature trail, lots of good things to eat and of course the farm animals themselves. We all really enjoyed exploring the farm. The boys loved the farm trail, and all of the machinery too.
It was lovely to see so many people turn out in support, and there were smiles all round. Cornwall is famous for it's beaches, but it is a mainly rural community and is well known for the quality of it's local produce. There is a real push in Cornwall to "buy local" so that the local economy can thrive and benefit.
I admit that I don't buy locally as much as I should. But after visiting Chyvarloe, I have decided to change the way I shop. I intend to order a meat box from Mr and Mrs C this week. After all, it would be rather hypocritical of me to visit and indulge and not also support, don't you think? And frankly anything would be better than the weekly dispiriting visit to my local Tesco - expensive, poorly stocked and depressingly generic.
Do any of you make a concerted effort to support your local economy? I'd be interested to know how and what and when.