Traditional Farming at its best!
Hazeldene Farm was the setting for our November event, and our hosts for the evening were owners Steve and Liz Bateman, and Louise Chapman who had just opened Lou Lou’s Tea Room on the farm.
Steve and his family moved to Hazeldene Farm in 2006 with the aim of rearing native rare breed animals in a traditional setting. No pesticides or artificial fertilisers are used on the farm; the only fertiliser used is the dung from the cows. Steve’s passion for his work was evident throughout our visit and his knowledge of traditional farming and his animals was enlightening and educational.
Did you know…
- that a British Lop Pig sow has 14 teats and each piglet will suckle from the same teat each time they feed?
- that grass fed cattle produce fat with 80% of ‘good’ Omega 3 fats, as opposed to just 20% for grain fed animals?
- that traditional breeds of cattle are much better at converting rough pasture to meat than newer breeds?
How remarkable is Mother Nature!
Along with the pigs Steve rears traditional English Hereford Cattle, Oxford Sheep and various rare breeds of chickens. Soon to arrive will be two female Golden Guernsey goats, like so many of the breeds around the farm, one whose continuous existence has been quite precarious.
Steve also had some interesting observations on the effects of EU legislation on traditional styles of farming!
The chill of the evening was relieved by a BBQ where we sampled some of the amazing meat produced on the farm, and a delicious cup of soup all consumed under the clear skies of Asheridge Vale. Hazeldene has its own Farm Shop stocked with high quality meat from the farm and other local quality produce. Not surprisingly many of us went home with some tasty purchases.
Please do visit Hazeldene Farm’s website and keep up to date with their monthly diary of events. Sunday 7th December is their Christmas Fayre with Santa’s Grotto.
You can also find out more about Lou Lou’s Tea Room by visiting the Lou Lou’s Cupcakes Facebook page. Lou Lou’s is open from 10am to 4pm at weekends.
If you haven’t yet managed to attend one of our monthly events you must try and come to our panto evening on Wednesday 2nd December from 6.30 at King’s Chapel (behind King’s Arms), 30 High St, Amersham HP7 0DJ. All new faces are welcome, come and have a drink with us and find out how the Chiltern Chamber can help you and your business. See you on Wednesday 2nd December !