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A passion for a particular food?

Discussion in 'Cookery' started by modelmaker, Feb 25, 2011.

  1. modelmaker

    modelmaker Occasional commenter

    I was over at my friend's house this afternoon. He has a large plot of several acres. I can't tell you how many as I can't visualise how large an acre is, never having owned one myself. Much of it laid to grass, and at least as much again is woodland. To be honest, keeping it under control is a never-ending task, but I've often wondered why he never did anything with the land as a hobby. I guess the answer probably is he hasn't got the time.
    And yet some people with a passion for something would use such as expanse of land and productively, maybe farming their own particular food favourite to perfection.
    I was wondering what I would do if I suddenly amassed sufficient cash to own a similar patch. It needn't be in this country, of course. The thing that intrigues me is how specialty foods occur. Something about a particular breed of animal, something about a particular climate or soil that makes the product unique. Maybe it's just a skill that needs to be learnt over generations.
    So my question for you this weekend, is to consider what you'd do, given the opportunity of a plot of land large enough to produce something special, the money and time to put into the project. As I said, it might be outside the UK.
     
  2. modelmaker

    modelmaker Occasional commenter

    I was over at my friend's house this afternoon. He has a large plot of several acres. I can't tell you how many as I can't visualise how large an acre is, never having owned one myself. Much of it laid to grass, and at least as much again is woodland. To be honest, keeping it under control is a never-ending task, but I've often wondered why he never did anything with the land as a hobby. I guess the answer probably is he hasn't got the time.
    And yet some people with a passion for something would use such as expanse of land and productively, maybe farming their own particular food favourite to perfection.
    I was wondering what I would do if I suddenly amassed sufficient cash to own a similar patch. It needn't be in this country, of course. The thing that intrigues me is how specialty foods occur. Something about a particular breed of animal, something about a particular climate or soil that makes the product unique. Maybe it's just a skill that needs to be learnt over generations.
    So my question for you this weekend, is to consider what you'd do, given the opportunity of a plot of land large enough to produce something special, the money and time to put into the project. As I said, it might be outside the UK.
     
  3. lilachardy

    lilachardy Star commenter

    Polytunnels where required, and an aim of going self-sufficient ish.
    In time, perhaps I'd build a holiday house to let, to give me an income.

    So, rather than specialising, I'd generalise, I think!
     
  4. modelmaker

    modelmaker Occasional commenter

    Is there nothing you're passionate about food. lilychardy? There's something I am. One of the finest cheeses I ever tasted was a goats cheese in France. The restaurant I ate it in wasn't that special and the cheese was without doubt the highlight of our meal.
    The restaurant owner explained it came from a herd of goats that are grazed on the salt marshes, so they take in all the salt in their diet, and none is necessary to be added later. As cheese goes, it was salty, but exceptionaly good.
    It seemed cruel to me, as I wouldn't imagine with such a high salt intake, there would be much longegvity in the life of these goats. Possibly, had I asked, I may have discovered the meat is also sold as an epicurian delight.
    So among the many things I'd like to do, if I had space and money, would be to at the least recreate that cheese somehow with the hardship to the goats.
     
  5. Definitely a polytunnel or two. That way I could consider a whole lot of soft fruits like apricots, peaches etc which I love but it is so hard to find properly ripe ones! I would love some mini stock trees....
    I've annoyed enough people with my dream of a smallholding including goats to make a soft cheese and a family pig (new one every year!!).
    MM are those goats like the sheep that only live on the shore in North Ronaldsey - they have evolved to survive and would not do well off the salt rich diet???
    You've got me thinking about GYO again - just as well a sit is plantuig season!! I may be back with a long list...

     
  6. I would grow all things chilli .
     
  7. egyptgirl

    egyptgirl Senior commenter

    This one is easy - I would grow the spices I need to make dukkau and blend them on site before selling it.
     
  8. nick909

    nick909 Lead commenter

    I'd go with the generalistic approach as well. I don't think there's anything I feel overwhelmingly passionate about that would preclude growing anything else.
    A few polytunnels for delicious veg.
    6 or 7 chickens
    A couple or three pigs
    A couple of Herefordshire cows and a bullock

    I might decide to specialise if I then find there's something I particularly enjoy doing.
    If I had to specialise in anything, it would probably be either pigs, ducks or geese.
     
  9. A nice large veg plot - actually this would take up most of the space.
    A herb garden.
    A couple of fruit trees.
    A few chickens.
    My speciality would be good old fashioned veggies.
    What I really would like to do is grown my own grains, but I'd need a lot more land to do that.
    I would have my little windmill to grind my own flour.
     
  10. Oh! Now my smallholding just got bigger. I hadn't thought of that!
    Especially if it could also generate some leccy!
    I have the other things on your list (as in na na n na na [​IMG])!
     
  11. Meanie.
    Due to lack of a windmill, I have been pondering on buying one of these for about 15 years and I think I might cave in this year. It grinds AND cracks!
    [​IMG]
     
  12. I would most definitely want goats! It's been a dream of mine for years!
    I think I would also like to grow asparagus. But I might have to move- is the East Coast soil good for Spargel?
    And, again depending on the soil/climate/conditions I'd like to have a small orchard and have apple and plum trees. it saddens me that even today when things are improving slightly, most shops only sell one or two varieties of apple.
    Oh, and in a dream scenario, I'd love to gtrow Mangoes, and Custard Apples, and Star Fruit, and Durian....but that would almost definitely mean moving!
    I think maybe just the goats then!
     
  13. An orchard - with apples, pears, plums, damsons, medlars and quinces. Then I would have a glasshouse in which to grow tomatoes - cherry, plum, cooking as well as peaches and apricots. I woud have chickens and a goose or two to keep the grass down. I quite like the idea of a goat or two and all this set in a very large walled garden. Fan-trained cherry trees would grow on the walls especially Morellos.
     
  14. landaise

    landaise Occasional commenter

    We have a large amount of land and we're lucky enough to be able to grow all of our summer veg outside. Fruit trees would be good : cherry, apricots peaches and plums especially. We successfully grew melons outside last summer so we'd increase the production of those. The kids keep asking about getting chickens but we have a cat and there are lots of wild animals around here : foxes and wild boar so I'm not too sure that chickens would be a good idea !
     

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