tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-43043075414921990552020-06-14T10:31:42.315+01:00Foragers BlogUnknownnoreply@blogger.comBlogger43125tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-4304307541492199055.post-65460887372250361242019-10-15T20:21:00.003+01:002019-12-26T14:09:05.238+00:00October Chilli Feast & FilmAs part of the annual Forth Valley Food Festival, Foragers have teamed up with The Old Mill Restaurant in Killearn and filmmaker Zev Robinson, to create a unique evening film screening and dinner experience, held in the Old Mill's enchanting yurt. Diners will be treated to a screening of Zev's documentary 'The Great British Chilli' - a film reflecting on the evolution of food over the last coupleUnknownnoreply@blogger.com0Killearn, Glasgow G63, UK56.046285999999988 -4.372517000000016256.028545999999984 -4.4128575000000163 56.064025999999991 -4.3321765000000161tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-4304307541492199055.post-78747661277939578882019-04-03T13:37:00.001+01:002019-12-26T14:09:04.884+00:00A new relish to join our range of chilli based products Creamed Corn and Chilli Relish Smooth and creamy with fruity Palivec chillies grown in Stirlingshire, this handmade relish is perfect as a sandwich spread with cold meat, cheese and salad or stirred through pasta for an ultra-easy meal. Also a delicious snacking dip with tortillas, oatcakes, crackers and pita bread. Our current range of handmade chilli products. A delicious and easy Unknownnoreply@blogger.com0Wester Balfunning Farm, Balfron Station, Stirlingshire, Glasgow G63 0NF, United Kingdom56.075169 -4.4014359999999955.784225500000005 -5.04688299999999 56.3661125 -3.75598899999999tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-4304307541492199055.post-10262563443543067482019-01-01T22:21:00.002+00:002019-01-01T22:23:33.248+00:00Foragers Relish coming to a shop near you.Foragers Crushed Pea and Chilli Relish is being distributed by Glasgow Wholesalers GreenCity Wholefoods to specialist food retailers throughout Scotland.  We will post updates of where you can buy in the coming months. Crushed Pea and Chilli Relish 170g Unknownnoreply@blogger.com0tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-4304307541492199055.post-62698289983246488312018-12-14T22:32:00.001+00:002019-12-26T14:09:04.112+00:00Limited Edition Crab Apple & Chilli JellyOur Crab Apple & Chillie Jelly was quite a hit at yesterday's Stirling NeighbourFood's taster event. As well as connecting with our customers and finding new ones it's great to meet fellow producers. It was so good to meet Clement from Langoustine the box and taste his delicious langoustines with our Crab Apple & Chillie Jelly. We will certainly be trying that combination again in the newUnknownnoreply@blogger.com0tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-4304307541492199055.post-81896510883606527612018-11-20T22:33:00.001+00:002019-12-26T14:09:04.564+00:00Oak Smoked ChilliesWell that's the fresh chilli season over now - but don't despair! You can now enjoy Foragers' chillies all year round. Our new OAK SMOKED CHILLIES are available for sale at Stirling NeighbourFood, Linlithgow Neighbourfood, Milngavie Food Hub, Glasgow West Food Hub and Glasgow East Food Hub. Local delivery to #balfron, #killearn and #drymen also available on request. #localfood Foragers Unknownnoreply@blogger.com0tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-4304307541492199055.post-69579187093655360262018-11-18T22:43:00.001+00:002019-11-05T21:58:00.049+00:00Fresh Chilli Season Draws to a Close.It's been a bountiful chilli growing season here at Foragers (our best yet). We have one more week of Fresh Palivec Chillies available at Stirling NeighbourFood, Milngavie Food Hub and Linlithgow Neighbourfood. We only have a few kilos left so get your orders in soon. We have a great "end-of-season" deal if you want to freeze some for Christmas. Unknownnoreply@blogger.com0tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-4304307541492199055.post-69767561749445388292018-10-03T22:49:00.000+01:002019-01-01T22:53:49.133+00:00Hang those ChilliesAs well as freezing chillies for the winter why not try hanging them out to dry in your kitchen. They make a lovely decoration too! Here's a guide on how to make a CHILLI RISTRA.  #chillies #foodpreservation Palivec Chillies hanging out to dry. Unknownnoreply@blogger.com0tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-4304307541492199055.post-87494254617894154752018-09-27T11:39:00.001+01:002019-12-26T14:09:03.837+00:00Red chillies beat indigestion and ulcersThis interesting article from the Daily Record was passed on to us by a familiy member.  Another great reason to buy Foragers Chillies.  We've found that many people equate chillies with "painful" heat in the mouth.  THERE ARE MILDER VARIERIES AVAILABLE!  At Foragers our main chilli is Palivec which is mild - medium.  We like our chillies to enhance your culinary creations not overpower them. Unknownnoreply@blogger.com0tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-4304307541492199055.post-42013647691112266622018-01-20T12:33:00.000+00:002019-01-04T12:37:32.544+00:00Clearing Snow on PolytunnelsThis winter we are getting more snow that usual.  Here's a method we use for clearing snow from the top of our larger polytunnels.  Unknownnoreply@blogger.com0tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-4304307541492199055.post-3683325381744676492017-06-16T12:43:00.000+01:002019-01-04T12:45:10.316+00:00A rare visitor to our polytunnelA solitary Red-tailed bumblebee (Bombus lapidarius) spotted on the chives. I counted another 30 on the same bed all Buff-tailed or possibly White-tailed I think. Bombus lapidarius Unknownnoreply@blogger.com0tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-4304307541492199055.post-38097967223904299642016-08-05T22:05:00.001+01:002019-11-05T21:57:59.045+00:00The apple trees are growing. It's now 16 months since our orchard was planted. Most of the trees are thriving with some slower growers too. This year we had to increase the height of the tree guards to combat our tall sheep. It was a time consuming task but an important investment for the future success of the orchard (we hope). 90% of the timber used was recycled from donated pallets. A big thank you to local Unknownnoreply@blogger.com0tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-4304307541492199055.post-82335014425120022172015-10-23T17:01:00.002+01:002015-10-23T17:03:27.990+01:00The birth of a cider orchard FORAGERS’ ORCHARD TAKES SHAPE 231 apples trees (9 cider varieties augmented by some desserts, cookers and crabs) were planted in late March 2015 on an old, long-established wildflower and grass meadow. The planning stage was a vital part of the process Newly planted trees - March 2015 To stake or or not to stake - that was the question?? Our grass management team of 3 blackface Unknownnoreply@blogger.com1tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-4304307541492199055.post-47390750580670386812015-08-05T22:42:00.000+01:002015-08-05T22:42:19.311+01:00Foragers' first season is now in full swing Fresh Cut Herbs Now Ready for Harvesting We are now in full swing in this our first season.  We're still doing lots of building work in the polytunnels (raised beds and irrigation systems), erecting tree guards in our cider orchard (a bit of a Forth Rail Bridge job) and developing what will be our cider house & studio. The crazy cold & wet spring/summer has meant that many Unknownnoreply@blogger.com0tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-4304307541492199055.post-41294435266264116642015-06-02T14:38:00.001+01:002019-12-26T14:09:02.832+00:00.scot domain - expensive but nice...Since not all of the plants we're growing in the ‪polytunnels‬ are edible we thought we should purchase a new domain name, so we have opted for foragers.scot which we think will cover all bases. This year we have some Sweet Pea, Antirrhinum (Snapdragon), Lavender and Lemon Balm which will be available for sale at both Kippen Street Fayer and Balfron Primary School Fair on Saturday June 13th. Unknownnoreply@blogger.com0tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-4304307541492199055.post-80625345753696217432015-04-03T19:00:00.001+01:002019-11-05T21:57:58.043+00:00All Apple Trees Now in the GroundWe are delighted to have now completed the task of planting all 231 trees into our orchard. 9 cider varieties, 2 cooker varieties, 2 dessert varieties and some crabs to encourage pollinators. Our next task is to build guards round the young trees to protect them from our small flock of blackface ewes who manage the grass far more effectively (and less costly) than a mechanised solution.Unknownnoreply@blogger.com0tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-4304307541492199055.post-30912940116026515332015-03-26T09:46:00.002+00:002019-12-26T14:09:03.564+00:00Orchard Ready for Tree Planting Our 2 acre field will soon be an orchard.  9 varieties of cider apple trees are being planted in the next week or so.  Better get the spade out! With the windbreak/deer fence now complete and the sheep decanted to another area we are now marking out the location of the trees. OCD was kicking in so I think our lines are straight enough and spacing accurate using a low tech method with 5m Unknownnoreply@blogger.com0tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-4304307541492199055.post-78973018868099022532015-03-17T12:48:00.000+00:002015-03-17T12:48:35.327+00:00Foragers turns up the heat This year we are growing 9 varieties of chilli, ranging from fruity mild to seriously hot - Spaghetti, NuMex Twilight, Early Jalapeno, Supertramp, Trinity, Lemon Drop, Submarine, Rooster Spur, and Orange Habenero.  Available later in the year. Join our mailing list for seasonal availability and news updates. Download our flyer for a short description of each chilli.Unknownnoreply@blogger.com0tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-4304307541492199055.post-29579507907053570092015-02-26T12:56:00.001+00:002019-11-05T21:57:57.163+00:00Speciality Tomatoes for this coming season We will be growing 6 varieties of tasty tomatoes this year; Outdoor Girl Red Brandy Wine Green Zebra Gardener's Delight Tigerella and Black Cherry.  All are eye-catching and big on flavour, ideal for chefs looking for a tomato which will enhance any gourmet dish.Unknownnoreply@blogger.com0tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-4304307541492199055.post-10280410938372984712015-01-19T18:24:00.002+00:002015-01-19T18:24:51.682+00:00Forager's New WebsiteWe have finally published our shiny new (and responsive) website designed by The McAlpine Partnership (that's us by the way). We like variety in our lives and farming and graphic/web design certainly gives us that! (It's good to have an excuse to stay indoors when the weather is bad). foragersfoods.co.uk Unknownnoreply@blogger.com0tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-4304307541492199055.post-90614637851287990732015-01-09T17:15:00.000+00:002015-01-09T17:15:48.712+00:00Foragers Survives Atlantic StormWhile the grass management team are happy with their new sheep shelter (built yesterday before the storm), we are even happier that our two Premier Polytunnels easily withstood last night's major Atlantic storm, with windspeeds of 32mph + and gusts of 60mph upwards. We had to work under floodlight to get most of the roof on before the storm hit. It didn't take them long to bunker down Unknownnoreply@blogger.com0tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-4304307541492199055.post-69654635988906651332014-12-16T17:37:00.001+00:002019-12-26T14:09:02.561+00:00A Molesome Approach to Farming.Messrs Mole, Mole & Mole have set up residence in some areas within and just outside the orchard, pushing up a couple of hedge whips that didn't fit in with the decor. No worries. Foragers works with nature, not against it! Once the mole has created his underground abode, he'll defend it fiercely keeping other moles away, therefore no new molehills should appear. We'll just rake the hills, fix Unknownnoreply@blogger.com0tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-4304307541492199055.post-30739458549353426522014-11-28T17:42:00.001+00:002019-11-05T21:57:56.636+00:00Constructing the Raised BedsWe're somewhat behind schedule on the polytunnels due to some drainage issues but hopefully sorted now. We can now build the raised beds in preparation for planting. Unknownnoreply@blogger.com0tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-4304307541492199055.post-46121341100430039972014-11-20T18:03:00.000+00:002014-12-28T18:04:25.326+00:00Hedge Planting1200 bareroot hedge whips planted this week throughout the site, mostly Hornbeam but also some other bird friendly varieties including Hawthorn, Wild Privet, Hazel, Guelder Rose and Blackthorn.   We were blessed with ideal weather for planting; no heavy rain and temperatures above freezing.  Hoping that the Rootgrow gel as recommended by RHS with help the young plants thrive in order to provide Unknownnoreply@blogger.com0tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-4304307541492199055.post-6575070760535278252014-10-15T18:08:00.000+01:002014-12-28T18:10:09.049+00:00Windbreak Fence Almost CompleteWe have been blessed with some great weather this week helping us to put up the windbreak mesh. Some gentle breezes made the job a challenge at times, but almost complete. Just need to order 17 more metres of material and finish off with cable ties. Unknownnoreply@blogger.com0tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-4304307541492199055.post-89759244260544199872014-09-17T18:32:00.001+01:002019-12-26T14:09:01.559+00:00Fencing Nearing CompletionWe are delighted with the work of our fencer William Montgomery who has done a first class job of our stock fencing throughout the site including the installation of several gates and the construction of a bridge over the stream.  We would have no hesitation in recommending William for fencing and many other tasks including; Tree Felling, Reduction & Removal Stump Griding Log Splitting Hedge Unknownnoreply@blogger.com0