North Aston Organics – Spread across three sites with different soil types and aspects, Mark and Ginny Stay grow organic vegetables and culinary herbs in their own fields, providing customers with the pleasures of seasonal eating all year round. Being registered with the Soil Association, their crops are grown without artificial fertilisers or pesticides. Instead, crops are rotated and organic matter added, returning nutrients to the soil.
North Aston Dairy – North Aston Dairy supplies The Yurt with milk, cream and yoghurt, delivered in glass bottles which are returned and reused. Retired dairy cows form a small part of their revenue through beef sales. For example, braised shin of beef currently features on The Yurt’s set menu alongside buttered mash and cavolo nero from the village.
“Our milking cows live to 15 years – nearly 10 years longer than those in industrial farms. For nine months of the year, the cows are outside on grass; for another three we must keep them in the barn and feed with haylage.”