Shoppers can now enjoy the best of both worlds - delicious British organic milk produced with care and great value organic milk prices - now that Duchy Originals and Waitrose Organic milk have come together to form the new Duchy Originals from Waitrose milk range. The milk is produced from small family owned herds of cows reared to the highest animal welfare standards, and grazed on quality pastures and organic silage that has been approved by the Soil Association to ensure that the milk meets the Taste Good promise.
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We're delighted to be bringing you our new Duchy Originals from Waitrose range. Together, we share a belief in the value of British organic food, grown and produced sustainably. By choosing Duchy Originals from Waitrose, you can enjoy delicious, great-quality food and drink, while helping to preserve our food heritage and support British charities. We've worked hard to perfect our recipes and track down fantastic British products. As well as Duchy Originals favourites, you'll find specially selected Waitrose organic products in the range, plus lots of new lines.
Sep '09 9
Duchy Originals has joined forces with Waitrose in an exciting and groundbreaking partnership which will cement its position as one of the country's leading organic and free-range food brands. The new licensing and distribution agreement - the first of its kind ever undertaken by Waitrose - will significantly increase the charitable donations made by Duchy Originals as Britain's fastest-growing supermarket invests in and develops the brand. The partnership gives Waitrose, Duchy Originals' largest and most long-standing client, the exclusive right to originate, manufacture, distribute and sell Duchy Originals products in the UK. Waitrose, whose aim is to expand the range from the current 200 products to around 500, will pay a royalty to Duchy Originals on all wholesale and retail sales.
Feb '09 20
Of the 1900 acres we farm here, over 50 acres is used solely for vegetable growing. We are currently working hard preparing for the relocation of the The Veg Shed operation in time for Spring. We're moving it over to larger premises by the main vegetable area and the decision to move it makes a lot of sense because it will provide far more space and is much more practical, not least because our 350 tonne cold store is right next door. This will undoubtedly make life even easier for our busy team of packers who turn around about 150 organic produce boxes for delivery to local residents every week.
Dec '08 15
Christmas at Home Farm is very much like any other December day on this busy working organic farm. The main difference is that we try to get the jobs done extra early on Christmas Day itself so that we can get home to our families sooner rather than later. For us Christmas day starts early, with milking at around 5 o'clock in the morning followed by feeding and bedding of the livestock at about 7am which goes on until 9.30 or 10ish. These are the priority jobs before we can start on other things, such as packing the organic vegetables for our box delivery scheme and our farm shop, The Veg Shed.
Nov '08 14
I've been the Duchy Home Farm dairy herd manager for two years. It's my job is to make sure we're producing the best quality for our Duchy Originals Milk and to ensure that our Ayrshire cows and calves are looked after to the highest possible standards. The average life of a conventional dairy cow is less than five years while the average age of our Ayrshire dairy cows is nearly twice that. This is because our cows produce about half as much milk as Holsteins and so are put under a lot less stress. Cows are not machines! Each of our cows has a name which starts with the prefix Duchy so, for example, we have Duchy Buttermilk, Duchy Daisy. Each cow also has a pedigree certificate and passport with a number which must correlate to the cow's ear tag number - this means that we have complete traceability of all our animals. Click on read more to hear about Mark's typical day...
Jul '08 23
(Left to right: Catherine, Hannah, Ames, Emily) My name is Catherine and I run the Organic Vegetable Box Scheme at Home Farm. We distribute about 250 boxes a week within a ten to twelve mile radius of Home Farm. People don't know what they're getting in the box so it's a surprise for them which they tell us they love!
Jul '08 11
We've had a lot of rain in the last week which was needed, but now we've had enough! So far in July we've had three inches which is quite a lot for this time of year (but not last year which we prefer to forget!). Because of the rain we can't make hay which is annoying as we've still got another 60 acres to make.
Jul '08 9
The other day Guy Tullberg and some members of his family and staff came and had a picnic on the edge of our mustard crop. Guy is the MD of Tracklements, the company which produces the Duchy Originals Wholegrain Mustard. Not surprisingly, they brought along a selection of their delicious mustards to accompany the cold snacks. It was rather nice to have a picnic all together and it's always interesting to taste some of Guy's new mustards. Tracklements are always coming up with some great tastes and it's nice as a farmer to see the end product.
Jun '08 25
We currently open the 'Veg Shed' on a Wednesday morning where people can come and buy our fresh produce. This week, to make it more available, we are planning to increase our opening days to Wednesday, Friday and Saturday, when we sell everything from potatoes to carrots and salad.