For the last 30 years we have aimed to lead a healthy and eco-friendly lifestyle. All our food is homemade and mostly vegetarian and much of it home grown/produced. Read below to see what we do here at Part-y-Seal to help keep our carbon footprint as low as possible.
Fruit and Vegetables
We grow our fruit and vegetables throughout the year in our large kitchen garden, greenhouses, polytunnel, fruit cages and orchard. We are proud that all of our produce is grown naturally without the use of any sprays or chemicals.
Our fruit is used both fresh and for a wide range of preserves, pickles & relishes. We grow a wide variety of different fruit including plums, greengages, red, white & black currants, rhubarb, blackberries, gooseberries, blueberries, cherries, logan & tay berries, Chinese gooseberries, melons, grapes, figs, persimmon (sharon fruit), apricots and peaches.
We grow a wide range of salad crops, over 15 varieties of beans (for both fresh and dried use) cabbages, cauliflowers, broccoli, Brussels sprouts, kohl Rabi, parsnips, carrots, leeks, potatoes, onions, peas, celeriac, pumpkins and a wide variety of squashes, sweet corn, celery, turnips, swedes, seakale and garlic.
In the greenhouse we grow tomatoes, cucumbers, aubergines, peppers, chillies, okra and salad crops in the winter. We also grow many herbs and seeds such as poppy and mustard. In our courtyard we have citrus and olives growing and, last year, we grew our first pineapple.
We crystallise some of the soft fruit for use in our muesli and homemade ice creams. We make teas such as chamomile & peppermint, and also our own elderflower and redcurrant cordials, hot spiced apple and plum drink.
If it is possible to grow it … we try it!!
Bees and Chickens
We have four beehives which provide us with delicious honey and help to pollinate our fruit trees and soft fruit. Our happy rescue chickens enjoy pecking around in their run and,in turn, provide us with wonderful free range eggs which we use in all of our cooking.
We have installed a biomass boiler which provides both Part-y-Seal and the Coach House with ample heat and hot water. What a surprise it will be for our regular customers!!
The boiler, run on woodchips, was installed by a local company – Novalux Energy. www.novaluxenergy.com. We highly recommend them to anyone thinking of biomass as, they were very hardworking, helpful and had the work completed on time. They install boilers for both the domestic and commercial user.
A few more things…
We mill our own wholemeal flour for our bread and rolls, using a stone ground mill. We also make our own pasta, chocolates & fudge.
We have our own borehole for delicious fresh water.
Solar panels have been installed on our southwest facing roof which provides much of our electricity.
We grow and harvest our own bamboo canes for use in both the kitchen and flower garden.
We use the freecycle website for many of our needs, in fact our large greenhouse was built with bricks, glass, windows and doors acquired from the site-thus keeping things out of landfill and reusing them instead.
All of our rubbish is recycled or composted, the refuse men never have to collect from us!
As you can imagine we live a busy, but very rewarding life here at Part-y-Seal!