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Brecon Brewing appointed WRU Official Partner

WRU Official Partners

The Usk Farmers' Market has hosted Brecon Brewing since the beginning of the pandemic, bringing orders and displaying an amazing range of beers and ciders to buy direct. Buster Grant has made apologies for not being able to attend the market on a few recent occasions, because of the extra work involved in readiness for the launch of two new beers: the WRU IPA and the WRU Gold, as an Official Partner of the Rugby Union of Wales. We are proud to be able to offer these for order and sale at the markets leading up to Christmas.

NFU Food Standards Petition

NFU Food Standards Petition

Food standards petition

Do you want the food you eat to continue to be produced to the world leading standards you’ve come to expect, even in the toughest global circumstances?

The UK Government has the opportunity right now to put into law rules that prevent food being imported to the UK which is produced in ways that would be illegal here.

Sign our food standards petition and ask the UK Government to ensure all food imports are produced to the same high standards as British farmers.

Over 1 million have signed the petition 

Jamie Oliver Letter to Boris Johnson

Jamie Oliver

3 June at 12:16 · 

Dear Boris Johnson,

I hope you’re well and your family is safe.

I write this letter because I believe you’re about to seriously undermine public health and unpick the delicate patchwork quilt of farmers and food producers that are the backbone of this country. While we’ve all been focussed on the fallout of this dreadful pandemic, most people reading this probably won't know that you’ve whipped your MPs to vote down the Agriculture Bill amendments that would have maintained our British food and animal welfare standards for future trade deals and imports.

We could be about to open the floodgates to a whole raft of low-quality food that would normally be illegal in the UK. Chlorinated chicken is just the tip of the iceberg. We’re talking about genetically modified food, stuffing animals full of hormones and antibiotics, banned pesticides that kill our bees, and an avalanche of foods that are high in fat, salt and sugar. What's more, we’ll be threatening the future of our farmers and food producers, who – despite extraordinary challenges – have worked so hard to keep us fed throughout the COVID crisis.

Boris, it’s in your power to map out an intelligent structure where we maintain our high standards but also retain the ability to strike trade deals that are good for the economy. In my opinion, some of the biggest emerging economies right now are hungry for a trusted and safe food supply, and this is where Britain can flourish. Brand Britain and its wealth of food producers are already perfectly placed to over deliver, but if food standards are weakened, a race to the bottom will ensue, and I believe that’s a race we will lose. Public health will be compromised, and our ability to export quality, trusted product will diminish.

We shouldn’t need reminding that COVID-19 most likely originated in the food chain. This crisis has definitely made us all stop and think a bit more about what we eat, where our food comes from and how it affects our bodies. The association between high standards, food safety, animal welfare, ethics, traceability and sustainability has never been more important. These matters affect us all, every day.

Boris, I know you need to lead in a way that allows your teams to do their job when it comes to trade deals. I presume that you voted down the amendment to give you a blank sheet of paper in order to get deals done quickly. Of course we want trade, but not at any cost. Having standards – in law – will actually strengthen your hand in negotiations as we move forward. I believe that you have it in you to find the right balance. What looks like a simple piece of legislation will mark you in history either as a guardian to the land and its prosperity - or as someone that opened Pandora’s box to the quick erosion of the UK food and farming industries.

This is a pivotal moment, and an opportunity for us to rebuild a stronger and better food system. If it turns out that producers from other countries can make and sell us high-quality food to British standards at a cheaper price than we can produce it ourselves, then fair play to them. Of course we need to be flexible and we need to be open to trading with both old friends and new. But ultimately we should be striving to push trade partners’ standards up, not negotiating our own down. As those critical trade negotiations heat up, we must ensure that we’ve learned our lesson from this pandemic.

The COVID crisis has highlighted the need for us to simplify our food system so we can get to a place where we are less reliant on imports. The UK is blessed with some of the best food producers in the world, something we should value and protect. Yet we currently produce only 53% of our own veg and 16% of our own fresh fruit. Our climate is perfectly suited to growing produce, so we could easily grow more on our doorstep, not only for ourselves, but for export, too. And producing more fruit and veg here would of course be better for the planet too.

Boris – I urge you to take a fresh approach to the Agriculture Bill. Only you have the power to set us on the right path. Only you have the power to get all those MPs to vote for the amendment (and please press the right voting button this time, Rishi).

This Bill should be about championing the UK’s high standards in food safety and traceability, animal welfare and care for our environment. It should ensure that British farmers and food producers can continue to evolve and to deliver sustainable, healthy food without having to worry about being unfairly undercut.

I know you have Britain’s best interests at heart, Prime Minister, but true democracy cannot rely on one man or woman’s word – it requires the assurance of a lasting legal framework that interrogates and scrutinises the decisions that affect British businesses and public health.

We only have a few days to get this right ahead of the next critical debate in the House of Lords on the 10th of June. Hopefully the public will already be writing letters to their local MPs to voice their concerns.

This is a unique opportunity for you, as Prime Minister, to demonstrate real leadership and reshape our food system for the better. It’s an opportunity to support all those key workers who’ve ensured we were able to put a meal on our tables throughout this crisis. An opportunity to allow the UK to set the standard for sustainable food production, and – crucially – to put public and child health at the true heart of government.

Good-quality food should be accessible to everyone, but having campaigned about child health for the best part of 20 years now, I am incredibly concerned about the impact that bad trade deals could have on our children. Our kids will be the most vulnerable if our markets are flooded with unhealthy foods high in fat, salt and sugar.

We need to put our children’s health first. Right now, more than ever, we need our kids to grow up strong and healthy, ready to face whatever life throws at them. We’ve just seen, for example, that having obesity or being overweight has made people more vulnerable to COVID-19. We absolutely must give our kids the best possible chance of making healthy choices.

Boris, as you’ve rightly said yourself, we owe it to our future generations to build back better. One in eight jobs in the UK is in food supply. This Agriculture Bill is a critical first opportunity to help the British economy bounce back and to support thousands of small family businesses, while also protecting our health and our countryside. Prime Minister, please take that opportunity and reassure us that food standards won’t be compromised.

SIGN THE PETITION HERE: www.campaigns.nfuonline.com/page/56262/petition/1…

Coronavirus: Food supply chains 'need a rethink'

Summer lettuce (Little Gem)
Summer Lettuce in the rain

Cardiff University Dr Ludivine Petetin, argues for a radical rethink about our food supply chains.

See the BBC artcle here

Coronavirus: Food supply chains 'need a rethink'

 

Fruit and vegetables

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The way we buy and sell food should be reviewed after the coronavirus crisis, an academic has said.

Dr.Ludivine Petetin, from Cardiff University, said changes in global markets could lead to a worldwide food shortage in the coming months.

Last week, the Farmers Union of Wales said there was an "urgent need to safeguard domestic food security".

Dr. Petetin said the weaknesses of the current "just in time" delivery system had been exposed by the crisis.

In the build-up and immediate aftermath of the coronavirus lockdown, there were shortages of items such as pasta, rice and toilet paper in supermarkets.

Dr. Petetin said: "The problems is, as soon as you have a disruption in the supply chain this has an impact on the availability of food on the shelves."

She said problems could get worse in the coming months as a result of a change of export policies in other countries, citing the example of Cambodia and Vietnam banning exports of rice in order to feed their local populations.

A woman in a rice field in Vietnam

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Image caption Vietnam and Cambodia have banned exports of rice

"Of course we still see rice on the shelves at the moment, but in a few months time we may start to see the consequences of having these restrictions placed," she said.

"Those countries have done this to ensure stability in their countries so that people are food secure but, in the medium to short term, this could lead to food shortages for us and a food crisis worldwide."

She added this could result in increased food prices, which would affect the vulnerable.

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Image captionSupermarket shelves were stripped of essential items as the pandemic reached the UK

Dr. Petetin said buying food from local suppliers could be the answer to food shortages after lockdown ends and she wants policy makers to reflect this in the future.

"Buying local is really important," she said. "It reduces food miles, [it has a better] environmental impact, it also involves less processing, so food is more nutritious.

"What the crisis is showing is how resilient small shops and small family farms are, and I think this is something for the farming community to be proud of.

"They are diversifying, but they need to be supported and at the moment when coming out of the [EU] Common Agricultural Policy, and Wales is looking at its future vision for its agriculture, it's important to put an emphasis on small family farms."

You can hear more on this story on the Country Focus podcast on BBC Sounds

Apologies from The Angel Bakery

Hello,

Unfortunately, we are not going to be able to deliver to the market next Saturday as we are short-staffed due to self-isolating staff members until the following week. So sorry to let you and all your customers down and we aim to be back for the market on the 19th December. We have disabled the online order slots for the 5th on our webshop but we would really appreciate it if you could communicate this to all your customers by email if possible? There will still be slots available for collection in Abergavenny and our shop here will also be open if anyone wants/is able to make the journey.

Hope you're well and things are going as strong as possible.

All the best

Polly

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Usk Farmers' Market December 5th 9.00 am 10.30 am

Seasonal Holly Sprig

Hello,

Stallholders are gearing up for Christmas and, to make sure you have all your desires fulfilled! now is the time to start planning your orders. There will be an order collection market on Wednesday, December 23rd between 4.00 pm and 6.00 pm. An option to order for Christmas has been added to some selected items in the site catalogue.  If any customer or producer would like to have products listed in this way, please let me know.

There will be a special order collection market on 23rd December 4.00 pm - 6.00 pm at the same location.

There has been some exciting news from Brecon Brewing with the announcement of becoming an Official Partner of the Wales Rugby Union.  Two new beers WRU IPA and WRU Gold have  been created in celebration and, happily,  will be available to order and buy at Usk (make sure to order early) 

 

Please also note that orders with Black Mountains Smokery can be collected on the December 5th market - courtesy of Welsh Farmhouse Apple Juice.

 

Orders are pouring in for Monmouthshire Turkeys and may be collected on the 23rd December market.

 

For details of which producers will be in attendance at the market this Saturday - Please note the information about The Angel Bakery

 

Brecon Brewing appointed WRU Official Partner

WRU Official Partners

The Usk Farmers' Market has hosted Brecon Brewing since the beginning of the pandemic, bringing orders and displaying an amazing range of beers and ciders to buy direct. Buster Grant has made apologies for not being able to attend the market on a few recent occasions, because of the extra work involved in readiness for the launch of two new beers: the WRU IPA and the WRU Gold, as an Official Partner of the Rugby Union of Wales. We are proud to be able to offer these for order and sale at the markets leading up to Christmas.

Market News, November 7th 2020

Please see the list of producers with links to the products available at this market.   

There will be a chance to collect Black Mountains Smokery orders from Welsh Farmhouse Apple Juice. at this market and again on Saturday December 5th.

Monmouthshire Turkeys are taking orders for Christmas for collection at the Farm and the Usk Christmas Orders Collection Market on December 23rd.

Little Mill Natural Products  are adding to the Seasonal Focus with the first of this year's Mincemeat with Brandy

The following procedures must be observed.

On arrival at the Memorial Hall Car park:

  • Producers vehicles will be spaced out around the perimeter of the car park. 
  • There will be a clockwise flow of traffic with each customer displaying a clear sign of who they are so that the producers can identify the relevant order.
  • Customers are advised to open their boots on arrival in order for the producer to place the products directly into the car.
  • There will be pedestrian customers. Great care must be taken for their safety with a slow and patient clockwise progression around the car park.
  • The exchange with walking customers must be conducted so that a 2m clearance is maintained throughout.
  •  Long queues of traffic in the access roads must be avoided and should the car park become congested please go around again, or wait at a convenient place close by.
  • Please close your boot before leaving the car park.
  • Each producer will provide a table for pedestrian customers to collect their orders.
  • Producers offering products for direct sale:
    • Each producer must arrange the display in order that social distancing can be maintained throughout the transaction.
    • Products must not be handled by customers.
    • The use of cash should be actively discouraged, but if there is no alternative, methods to avoid direct handling must be devised. i.e. placing the exact amount of payment in a clearly marked envelope, (the amount and your name)   The virus can remain active for up to three days on surfaces.
  • The wearing of face masks is highly recommended
  • The NHS QR poster is displayed at various locations around the market, which can be scanned with the NHS mobile app. to record your presence at the market. The aim is to try and assist track and trace procedures should they be required.

Usk Farmers' Market, Saturday September 19th, 2020 9.00 am - 10.30 am

Stallholders attending the market

The following procedures must be observed.

On arrival at the Memorial Hall Car park:

  • Producers vehicles will be spaced out around the perimeter of the car park. 
  • There will be a clockwise flow of traffic with each customer displaying a clear sign of who they are so that the producers can identify the relevant order.
  • Customers are advised to open their boots on arrival in order for the producer to place the products directly into the car.
  • There will be pedestrian customers. Great care must be taken for their safety with a slow and patient clockwise progression around the car park.
  • The exchange with walking customers must be conducted so that a 2m clearance is maintained throughout.
  •  Long queues of traffic in the access roads must be avoided and should the car park become congested please go around again, or wait at a convenient place close by.
  • Please close your boot before leaving the car park.
  • Each producer will provide a table for pedestrian customers to collect their orders.
  • Producers offering products for direct sale:
    • Each producer must arrange the display in order that social distancing can be maintained throughout the transaction.
    • Products must not be handled by customers.
    • The use of cash should be actively discouraged, but if there is no alternative, methods to avoid direct handling must be devised. i.e. placing the exact amount of payment in a clearly marked envelope, (the amount and your name)   The virus can remain active for up to three days on surfaces.

Usk Farmers' Market Order Collection Saturday July 4th 2020 9.00 am - 10.30 am

 

 

Online orders placed with Usk Farmers' Market are forwarded to the relevant producer who will arrange payment and deliver to the Memorial Hall Car Park at the time indicated.

The following procedures must be observed.

On arrival at the Memorial Hall Car park:

  • Producers vehicles will be spaced out around the perimeter of the car park. 
  • There will be a clockwise flow of traffic with each customer displaying a clear sign of who they are so that the producers can identify the relevant order.
  • Customers are advised to open their boots on arrival in order for the producer to place the
    products directly into the car.
  • There will be pedestrian customers. Great care must be taken for their safety with a slow and patient clockwise progression around the car park.
  • The exchange with walking customers must be conducted so that a 2m clearance is maintained throughout.
  •  Long queues of traffic in the access roads must be avoided and should the car park become congested please go around again, or wait at a convenient place close by.
  • Please close your boot before leaving the car park.
  • Each producer will provide a table for pedestrian customers to collect their orders

The following producers are not currently delivering to Usk but are taking orders for posting, home delivery, mail order etc.

Black Mountain Smokery

Food for Thought

Trealy Farm Charcuterie

Paul's Organic Vegetables

 

Order Collection June 27th, 2020 9.00 am - 10.30 am

Producer                                                                                                            Link to orders

Little Green Refills                                                                                            Little Green Refills

Little Mill Natural Products                                                                                Online ordering

Humble Bee Beauty                                                                                          Online ordering

Whitebrook Organic Growers                                                                           Online ordering

The Angel Bakery                                                                                             Online ordering

Onllwyn Eggs                                                                                                    Online ordering

Order Collection. Usk Farmers' Market June 20th 2020

Orders are now being taken for collection, at the Usk Memorial Hall Car 

Park, Saturday, June 20th, 2020 9.00 am -10.30 am 

The Following producers are now taking orders for Next Saturday 

Name                                                                          Order Online

Little Green Refills                                                      Little Green Refills

Brecon BrewingCold Black Label                               Brecon Brewing

Penrhiw Farm Organic Meats                                    Online ordering

Creative Food                                                            Online ordering

Tom Llewellin                                                             Online ordering

Little Mill Natural Products                                         Online ordering

Smarts Traditional Gloucester Cheese                     Online ordering

Humble Bee Beauty                                                  Online ordering

Whitebrook Organic Growers                                   Online ordering

The Angel Bakery                                                     Online ordering

Onllwyn Eggs                                                           Online ordering

Welsh Farmhouse Apple Juice                                Online ordering

The following procedures must be observed.

On arrival at the Memorial Hall Car park:

  • Producers vehicles will be spaced out around the perimeter of the car park. 
  • There will be a clockwise flow of traffic with each customer displaying a clear sign of who they are so that the producers can identify the relevant order.
  • Customers are advised to open their boots on arrival in order for the producer to place the
    products directly into the car.
  • There will be pedestrian customers. Great care must be taken for their safety with a slow and patient clockwise progression around the car park.
  • The exchange with walking customers must be conducted so that a 2m clearance is maintained throughout.
  •  Long queues of traffic in the access roads must be avoided and should the car park become congested please go around again, or wait at a convenient place close by.
  • Please close your boot before leaving the car park.
  • Each producer will provide a table for pedestrian customers to collect their orders

Latest news from Penrhiw Farm September 15th 2020

Oh dear it seems like ages since I have found time to pen an email update.  Here goes ..... can you believe that we have NOT yet finished the harvest - the end is in sight though with the very last fields of grass mown on Fforest / Cefn Coed.  By the weekend, we sincerely hope it will be "Harvest Home".  Harvest has been a long and drawn out affair with the arable crops suffering the most.  The peas and barley - such an essential crop to provide home grown protein for the pigs and chickens - is a high risk crop and is so vulnerable to bad weather just before harvest.  Factor in Storms Ellen and Francis and the prospect of a barn full of peas and barley is grim.  It was a bad yield and there are lots of fat pigeons plus a hefty fuel bill to pay for the drying.   Jury is out whether peas will feature in the arable rotation in 2021.   On a more positive note, there is plenty of grass this autumn with lovely conditions at the moment to graze it.  

It's sheep sale time - a BIG day for the girls on Friday.  The Penrhiw yearling ewes have been given a MOT and, with a clean bill of health, we hope they will shine in the sun.    

We continue with our Friday morning deliveries (Graham on duty this week), Usk market on Sat morning and Riverside market on Sunday.  Collections from the farm are still possible with many customers taking advantage of this.  

Take care and keep safe

The Penrhiw team

Latest from Penrhiw Farm July 29th 2020

Hello.  A few changes to report.  We are nowhere near as busy with deliveries now so are making our way back to the markets.  We are back at Riverside on Sunday and hope to be back at Roath soon.   Porthcawl is back this Sat too.  Usk continues as usual with preorders and now an opportunity to buy on the day from a small selection of our surplus produce.   We will continue with deliveries in the Rhiwbina area, Caerphilly and locally for the moment.   We look forward to seeing our market customers again.

 

The summer is marching on - we are coming to the end of the grass harvest.  All the hay has been mown at Penrhiw and will, hopefully, bake in the mini heat wave forecast for the next 2 days.  Hay also mown at Cefn Coed too but still more to cut there.  Then we have to wait for the arable crops to ripen praying all the time there is no heavy rain and strong winds to flatten them.  All is looking good despite the dry start in May  - even the peas and barley silage crop on Penrhiw which was sown SO LATE.  

Take care

Penrhiw

News from Penrhiw Farm July 15th 2020

Hello.  Seems ages since my last email so here's an update on what we are doing at the moment.

Markets:  we are not attending any Cardiff markets at the moment..  When they restarted, we were simply too busy with deliveries and pre-orders to attend and you, our valued customers, told us you wanted the deliveries to continue.  Have attitudes changed  ??  There has been a drop off in orders and we are wondering if our customers are expecting us to be in the markets.  Feedback please.  Usk continues as a "click and collect" style market but the option to buy without pre-order will be trialled this Sat.   Preorders are appreciated however as it helps with our preparation.  

Farms:   busy as usual with all our activities totally dependent on the weather.  We've made some hay, some haylage (was supposed to be more hay but the forecast was wrong !!), peas and oats silage (on Cefn Coed), shorn the ewes (after a couple of false starts - again it rained !!), weaned the early lambs on to some fresh aftermath - the lush regrowth after cutting the hay, an annual TB test on Cefn Coed - thankfully all clear ........

Please let us know what you would like us to do - we are going to have to give the market organisers lots of notice if you would like us to return soon.

 

Penrhiw Farm Dispatch June 10th 2020

Hello. It seems an age since our last email update.  Life on the farm continues very much as usual.  We all work pretty much in isolation anyway and the farming calendar rumbles on regardless of what is happening in the big wide world.  What is affecting the farms is the DRY weather.  We are desperate for rain - there will be very little hay and the arable crops are poor.  There is no fresh lush green grass for the cows and sheep.  On Fforest, cattle are eating what was supposed to be growing for second cut silage; thank goodness, at Penrhiw we have some damp meadows where there is something for the cows and calves to chew on.  We are hoping there will be some significant rain at the end of this week.

The markets side is all very different - we have been delivering to our loyal customers since March.  We will continue to do this even though the Cardiff markets are starting back.  We are NOT going to attend the markets for the time being.  You, our customers, overwhelmingly told us you wanted the deliveries to continue and we have listened.  In Usk, there is a pre-order system in place which seems to be working well.  We will also continue with the local deliveries and customers are still very welcome to call at the farm.  

For those who don't see the Facebook page, we are delighted with the safe arrival of 2 foals - Nero and Florrie  - updates on their progress will undoubtedly follow in time !!!

Take care all and keep safe

From the team at Penrhiw

10th June 2020