I was determined to make the best of the two apples that fell from the tree in the last wind, we could have had one each but I wanted to make them last, simple,
Yesterday was another beautiful day, a trip into Boyle for our weekly shop at the farmers market, it's so nice to have pork and bacon back on the menu. Knowing the conditions that pigs are kept in on commercial farms throughout Europe we will not buy meat that has been produced this way, pigs are highly intelligent animals, and to confine them in pens that they can barely turn round in is no way to treat them. So called bacon is sold just a day after the pig has been slaughtered , pumped full of chemicals and water, the process take little more than two hours, pig butchers, when asked will always deny this, but it is a fact.
The bacon and ham that we buy is dry cured, using nothing other than salt and sugar, when we cook the ham joint we end up with the same amount that we started with, not a load of water and grey gunge.
From the Farmers Market we had a quick trip into Ardcarne garden centre, I needed some seed trays, but the real reason was for a cup of coffee in their recently opened Café, it is truly the best coffee we have tasted in Ireland, it is on a par with the coffee that we got so used to in Spain and well worth visiting just for the coffee.
Once again the weather is beautiful, so many butterflies,
The Hubbard chicks are growing well, they are now fifty three days old and a quick weigh in tells us they are doing what they should with an average weight of 1.5kg hopefully they will be ready at ninety days thereabouts, rather different from the supermarket chickens which are slaughtered at less than forty days.