Ian and Liz bought a smallholding about 12 years ago with the aim of self sufficiency. When Kempley market started they began selling vegetables but soon were selling cheese and yoghurt developing both skills and output. At the same time they began experimenting with growing crops more associated with tropical or sub-tropical climates but without artificial heating. After a few blind alleys and partial success ( bananas, tomatillos and olives ) they now have a good selection of mature citrus trees which crop well enough to enable them to make marmalade and other citrus related desserts.
‘Since giving up the smallholding we no longer make cheese or Yoghurt but still make jams and chutneys with our more limited output of fruit and vegetables and do have more time to invent new stuff.’
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