We are BEElievers!

Bees are of utmost importance to us at Gluvian. They are part of the indigenous ecosystem and are vital to the pollination of our plants and trees. Being an Organic farm, we don’t use pesticides, so our wildflowers, wild spaces, orchard and hedgerows are abundant with native species which the busy bees thrive in and it’s a healthy habitat for them!

Despite the major insecticide companies insisting that the chemicals they produce are ‘safe’, independent scrutiny from major field trials, have produced reports which are conclusive that the use of pesticides damage the survival of bee colonies, accounting in part for their decline. See here for a recent article from the Guardian.

So what can you do to help? The Soil Association has launched it’s summer campaign #BeeOrganic which we have been following closely and updating social media with images of our little friends on the farm. It doesn’t take a lot to plant bee friendly species in a window box or garden and feel good about being part of their recovery!

Steak your claim!

This August looks set to start fair, with a couple of days providing glorious Cornish sunshine. Why not make the most of them by cooking alfresco and enjoying one of our mouthwatering, tender, Organic beef steaks.

We have rump, rib eye, sirloin and fillet, all sizes to suit all appetites and budgets. Bred and reared on the farm, slow fed on our Organic Cornish pasture and antibiotic free.

Perfect Picnics!

Planning a picnic with friends this summer? We have plenty of good locations around here – beaches, moors, parks or simply a comfy spot of grass in the Cornish sunshine.

Why not order some of our scrumptious, traditional farmhouse kitchen scones, jams, splits, yeast buns, saffron buns, chutneys, pasty pie or ham and egg pies.

Perfect for a lazy lunch, all you have to do is serve, sit back and enjoy! Which raises the question… jam or cream first?

Boast about your roast!

Stuck for ideas about what to cook for dinner this weekend? How about one of our succulent, tender, organic beef roasting joints. Sizes to suit all budgets, crammed with plenty of slow grown, delicious taste.

 

Need some inspiration? Here are some recipes from Red Tractor who we are certified by, in addition to the Soil Association for our meat and vegetables. Try Rosemary Roast Beef with Balsamic and Cranberry Glaze or a hearty Roast Beef with Crispy Bacon, Mustard and Herbs – try our own organic Cornish bacon! We have plenty of flavorsome, in season vegetables to accompany, give us a call on 01637 860635 to order.

The apple of my eye…

I’ve had my eye on this little bad boy for a while. It’s a survivor! In farming, we are often at the mercy of nature, and late this spring we suffered gales which took a few of our fledgling apples off. The effects of the unseasonable weather can be seen all over the local area on windward hedges, where it scalded the spring growth leaves. Very unusual. However, we are still expecting a decent crop as we had a bumper blossom in the orchard and local, industrious bees were busy pollinating whilst collecting the sweet rewards. We will have both ‘eaters’ and ‘cookers’, all juicy and delicious heritage varieties which the family have been ‘scrumping’ for generations. In addition to being available in the farm shop, we will use them in our home produce, including our farm house kitchen jams, jellies and chutneys, except for this one – this one’s mine!