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04 July 2017

Thanks to the customer who sent me this picture of the ducklings on the dam – I’ve no idea how he marshalled them into such a disciplined line. I rarely see more than one at a time. He took several more photos while out on the farm walk – all of which demonstrate that even on mizzly July afternoon, there’s a lot of interesting things to see.
On a recent visit to London Patricia and I visited the Whole Food Store, an American owned outlet which (amongst other things) sells a lot of organic product. We were seriously impressed – the variety and volume of lines was amazing. It turns out that we weren’t the only ones to be impressed – Amazon have just announced their intention of buying out the Wholefoods chain (460 stores for £10.8 billion). A few years ago Amazon sold only books, and those at a loss. Now you can scarcely buy anything anywhere without the feeling that Amazon have been involved somewhere in the transaction. The Grocer magazine recently featured our farm shop describing us as one of the very few truly independent shops left in the country. It was a flattering article – but it’s a bit like being the last of the Mohicans.  Sometimes you feel the tide of history is against you.
That said, we constantly try to evolve – hardly a week goes by without some new product gracing our shelves or appearing on our menu. And the changing seasons bring constant change to the farm walk. We hope it makes a visit to Ballylagan a unique experience.

See you soon.