Farmpress News April 2018: Vegan, cheese and aunties
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Farmpress in April
April has been a busy month. Princess Lambert is glad that spring is definitely in the air and popping up from the ground in the form of daffodils and crocuses 🌼 and blossoming trees. We are forever trying to keep our three naughty Pygmy goats where they should be and are still eagerly awaiting our last lambs to be born.
It’s been a fun family Easter, filled with Easter egg hunts, a lovely bit of roast goose and our own lamb for dinner. Not forgetting chocolate followed by more chocolate and then, well, a bit more chocolate. Of course we can’t forget Princess Lambert’s first Vlog and her very own special Easter egg hunt with a difference.
But in the mean time a little road trip to the NEC for the Farm shop and deli show https://www.farmshopanddelishow.co.uk/ is firmly in my diary as is my first youtube interview with one of the businesses listed on the Farmpress website. Due to the weather I unfortunately didn’t get to the Thame County Show or the Food Festival at Great missenden, honestly they were cancelled as I’m scared of the rain ☔️ 🌧. Mother Nature is definitely trying our plumbing systems again as we have all been going past more rivers than fields.
Following on from my first blog http://www.farmpress.co.uk/locally-produced-from-start-to-finish/
I had a very interesting conversation with one of my aunties who is a vegetarian. I was in my field giving my daughters Shetland pony a lunge and walk round, trying to burn off some energy after a long winter off and a sunny day brings the naughty shetlands out to play! Now she is thinking of going vegan, my auntie, not the Shetland she’s already there!.
This is mainly due to my explaining how dairy cows and some goat breeds have to be in calf or kid to be able to produce milk. Although she buys British organic milk, for my Auntie going to an almond milk made her sleep better at night. I support British dairy farming all the way and great changes have been made to improve animal welfare. Dairy farmers work tirelessly and have great passion and pride for their cattle. As with most things it’s not what your buying but where you’re buying it from that’s important. But hey, that’s another blog!
So my auntie is very happy with her milk substitute, although I am still baffled on how you milk a nut? Answers on the back of a post card please. Her main problem is cheese, she loves a bit of cheese as much of us do. Now I have a huge amount of respect for my auntie so was in no way going on an anti vegan rampage, I feel everyone has the right to choose their own path and she lives quite happily with three male carnivores ( just to clarify one husband two son’s! LOL.)
Vegan cheese seems to be a challenge even for those who are attempting veganism, some things are just not as good as the original. So what was the answer? For my auntie becoming a vegan was all about the animals. As open minded as she is, not eating meat and changing her milk gives her that peace of mind but going the whole hog, or rather cheddar, was proving much more of a challenge.
In Britain alone we consume over 700,000 tons of cheese per year, and 98% of British house holds eat a variety of 700 different makes of cheese. So with that amount of choice alone finding a replacement is going to be a bit of task.
To me the answer is simple, find a farm who produce and have high standards of welfare for their animals, happy healthy animals produce quality milk and cheese. There are plenty of farms who are now selling in local farm shops and from the farm gate. This is not only making traceability of your food easy but also gives you a more personal journey. Most of us would not produce rubbish, put our name on it and sell it on our door step and neither do our British farmers. It’s just a case of knowing what you are buying.
As much as I wanted to be more supportive and give here a vegan option, which she could happily swallow instead of spitting out, alas I could not.
So this is the advice I gave my auntie, after all there’s some things you just can’t get out of a nut!