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Newsletter 27 July 2020

On the farm
We have been enjoying seeing the wildlife as we work on the farm, perhaps even more than usual because of the strange times we’re going through. It’s wonderful to see other creatures going about their daily business unconcerned about queueing, wearing face-masks, follow-the-feet signs and keeping 2 metres from each other. A snapshot survey of birds in and around our vegetable field last week turned up 24 species. The swallows have successfully raised a brood of 5 healthy babies in the porch of our veg shed and now have a second brood. The number of starlings living in our veg shed roof has increased substantially, and young buzzards bumble around on the farm track, while their exasperated parents call from above, encouraging them to become airborne. The roe deer have produced beautiful twin fawns in our meadow, which broke the rules and walked straight towards Wendy last week – a great opportunity to capture some close-up video … visit our Instagram page to see them 

Fruity Seedy Flapjack Recipe
This is a quick and easy recipe! Chopped nuts can be substituted for seeds if you prefer, or any dried fruit – raisins, cranberries, apricots etc. can be used - great for using up what's left in your cupboard!

Ingredients
30g sunflower seeds
30g sesame seeds
40g dried dates
30g crystallised ginger
160g butter
70g honey
100g sugar
240g porridge oats

Method
1. Pre-heat the oven to 180C (or 160C fan), and line a 20cm (8") square shallow baking tin with a piece of baking parchment.
2. Chop the dried fruit and ginger into pieces about the size of a sultana.
3. Melt the butter, honey and sugar together.
4. Add the oats, dried fruit, and seeds and mix together thoroughly. Pour into the baking tin and spread evenly, pressing down firmly with the back of a spoon.
5. Bake for 25 minutes until golden. This baking time gives a chewy flapjack; if you like yours crisp, add a few more minutes.
6. Cut into squares or fingers while still hot, but cool completely in the tin before removing.

Back to the boxes
We are starting to use our lovely reusable cardboard boxes again for our deliveries from this week. We will quarantine them each week before sending them out. Please remember to give these a good wipe out and to leave them for us when we come with your next delivery – thank you!