Have you ever been grocery shopping and seen the sign that says, “think local, buy local”? What does that mean to you? For us at Knockaloe Beg it means that we buy as much local produce as possible to reduce our carbon footprint and help the Island become more self-sufficient and sustainable. If you’ve eaten breakfast at our B&B you will know how tasty Fiona’s cooked breakfasts are and we believe that it’s not just because Fiona has made it, but because everything is fresh and from good local suppliers. The bacon, sausage and black pudding is from the local butcher, made from our own pigs, the eggs are from the hens on the farm, the milk, cheese and butter is from Isle of Man Creamery, the bread is from Ramsey Bakery, the honey from our bees, and jams are homemade. We also have a vegetable patch where we grow all sorts of vegetables. The other day we have been harvesting our own vegetables and they were delicious. It is very satisfying to have food from farm to table. While it might be cheaper to buy imported or value produce and products, it’s worth spending that bit extra [...]
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This is Chloe! Hello! My name is Chloe and I have just started an eight week internship with John and Fiona at Knockaloe Beg Farm. I was really excited to hopefully help make our social media and website more informative, engaging and reflective of farm life, and running a tourist business. On arrival I was welcomed with a smile and hug by Fiona who then gave me a tour of the farm accommodation. We did the washing up from the breakfasts of the guests and did room change overs, where we cleaned and got the rooms ready for the next guests who were coming. In this process I was able to observe the little things John and Fiona do in their rooms and accommodation to welcome guests. Local Manx honey! Each room has all your refreshment needs (tea, coffee, kettle, mugs etc) but also small touches that make a difference. Each room has complimentary items such as port and sherry for you to drink, Manx honey, jam, Fiona’s homemade flapjacks and a welcome booklet including the story of John and Fiona, and how they have built this farm up to be an inclusive place [...]
At Knockaloe Beg Farm we love letting our visitors have as much access as we can to our animals. They are handled every day so we know their individual characteristics and temperaments. This means we can get up close to our ewes while they are delivering their lambs and we often let our guests assist in deliveries. A pair of long orange gloves, some clean straw and away you go, under Farmer John's expert guidance. John checks the lamb is in place ready for delivery and then you can assist the ewe by pulling the lamb out. Many of our sheep lamb with no assistance but we help ones which are taking a bit longer than usual. Lambing is a very exciting time and delivering your first lamb a real privilege – we have had many people in tears with the emotion of it! We time our lambing season to coincide with when children are on their Easter holidays so as many people as possible can enjoy Lambing Live! Sheep are pregnant for approximately 147 days (around 5 months), so we put the rams with them in November for April lambs. The rams have a coloured raddle paint [...]