1. Mass production, it isn’t

    130 acres.
    65 Ayrshire cows.
    1,000 litres of milk per day.
    Zillions and zillions of bacteria.
    One artisan cheese maker.
    One rule: No pasteurization.
    One Mission: Make the best cheese ever.
    8–9 Hafod cheeses made a day.
    (Rolls Royce makes more cars per day.)
    One year to mature.
    Number of compromises made: 0.

    Hafod. Artisan organic cheddar made by the Holden family.

    Sam and Rachel Holden have been making traditonal handmade cheese on Bwlchwernen, an organic dairy farm in Wales since 2005.

    hafodcheese.co.uk

    Photograph by Marcus Ginns

  2. Coffee

    I think I have seen the future of the coffee shop. It’s not a chain. It’s not on every corner. It’s not on auto-pilot.

    It’s got a vinyl record player playing.
    Its design is minimal, modern and it’s clad in reclaimed wood.

    And, to my right, is a machine.
    And there’s a man pouring coffee beans into it from large hessian sacks.
    And the smell is – Oh, the smell is just – you know. And he is roasting the beans right here, right now.

    I order a cup.
    I take a sip.
    And it’s ‘crazy good’.
    And I think to myself, I wouldn’t like to be Starbucks.

  3. Bake

    Hiut-yearbook-sourdough

    Alarm Clock
    Apron
    Jug
    Flour
    BAKE
    Water
    Tweak
    Sourdough
    Yeast
    Salt
    Pinch
    Knob
    Lard
    Butter
    Eggs
    Sugar
    Currants
    Bench
    Scraper
    Knead
    Develop
    Dough
    Dough bin
    Fermentation
    Time
    More time
    Knock back
    Dough knife
    Scale
    Divide
    Hand up
    Pin
    Cover
    Rest
    Mould
    Shape
    Dock
    Tin
    Grease
    Basket
    Tray
    Oven

  4. Localvores

    I don’t know if Cardigan is becoming the new California, but something is happening.

    Take fforest, they grow all their own salad. They have over a dozen raised beds. They have their own polytunnel. They even raise their own pigs. Our pub, The 25 Mile, sources its main ingredients from within a 25-mile radius. Not always easy. But, always worth it.

    But maybe the most significant thing is the local community getting together to buy a building to hold the local growers and producers market. They all bought shares. They all have a stake in its success. And they all go there to buy the best of local. And it’s really taken off.

    I don’t know what all this means, but something is happening down here.