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Daisy Cottage Farm – A Review of 2020

Daisy Cottage Farm Mince Pies

What a year it has been for Daisy Cottage Farm, and it’s not just for the obvious reason that everyone will remember 2020 😉

The biggest thing about 2020 came in September – our Traditional Irish Brown Bread won a 2 Gold Star Great Taste Award from the Guild of Fine Food in the UK! It got a great report from the judges saying that the finished loaf has “a soft, golden crust that rose well and cut evenly to reveal a moist, buttery crumb which was close set and toasted beautifully but was equally as good fresh, topped with butter and jam as well as enjoyed on its own with cheese.”

The great thing about our mixes is that they are a canvas for your own baking creations! If you want to have coconut scones you can – the mixes are that versatile! You get 30 years of Lorraine’s baking experience in a bottle!

Our mixes were listed in Lidl Ireland and Lidl Northern Ireland as part of their Kickstarter campaign in August 2020 which was great to get a profile around the whole island and to generate awareness, and most importantly orders after stock left the Lidl stores. Our range of baking hampers built on the success of our baking mixes– The “In Good Company” Hamper which unites 2 of our award-winning baking mixes – the Great Taste Award winning Irish Brown Bread Mix and the Blas na hÉireann award-winning Irish Fruit Scone mix along with a wooden spoon – a perfect Christmas stocking filler or a gift for a teacher at the end of term!

The Baking Starter Kit is a perfect gift too – 3 of our baking mixes, a scone-cutter, a wooden spoon and a tea towel – another great gift idea – especially at Christmas time. Now, who wouldn’t like to wake up on St. Stephen’s Day morning to the smell of freshly baked soda bread? Our Daisy Deluxe Baking Hamper is our “piece de resistance” with all you need to start baking delicious bread – 3 bottles of our baking mixes, a mixing bowl, a loaf tin, a scone cutter, wooden spoon, a tea towel and most importantly a timer! One of our customers bought 6 of these for her family to host a Christmas morning bake-along – we’re honoured to be a part of their Christmas celebration and the creation of great memories.

Thanks to the changes during 2020, we’ve all come to know our home areas a whole lot better! With the cancellation of so many food festivals and agricultural shows around the country, we kept it local and set up on the Green in Kiltegan every Friday morning before moving to Saturday mornings – we called it #GreenFriday and #GreenSaturday. We were overjoyed at how the local community came out to support us in a safe way given the restrictions we were all order. It gave the community a chance to meet neighbours and exchange news during the strange times we were living in.

One question was on everyone’s lips each week – who would be the Queen of Scones? It was the perfect way to take people’s minds off of the world news each week! It was simple – we posted 2 flavours of scone each week on Facebook and asked for votes on which would be the guest scone flavour that week on the Green in Kiltegan! It pitted old favourites from the Daisy Cottage Café in Tinahely like Strawberry and White Chocolate up against newer flavours like Rhubarb and Ginger. The lucky winner each week got a box of 6 of the winning flavour to take home – lucky them!

Halloween 2020 was a big highlight and got a mention in the Wicklow People! With trick or treating being cancelled, we asked the kids of the area to come to #GreenFriday dressed up and everyone would receive a treat from our resident witch! We loved the effort which everyone put into their costumes…and got a few frights too!

Thinking about great kids – you know that you’ve arrived when you are known just by your first name! Lorraine joined the illustrious company of Oprah and Beyoncé this year by being known just by her first name! Back in June, she met the postman at the Daisy Cottage Farm one morning who gave her this letter, saying it must be for her as there is only one Lorraine in Kiltegan after all. An Post will never surprise us! Inside was a lovely handmade thank you card from Holly in Ballymore Eustace, Co. Wicklow!

Holly’s Granny and Lorraine are proud members of the Early Risers club who listen to Shay Byrne on Rising Time on RTÉ Radio 1 from 5.30 am each morning. Holly and her Granny made the Daisy Cottage Farm brown bread which she got in Aldi in 2019. The lovely loaf of brown bread was waiting to be enjoyed with some butter and jam over a cup of tea with her Granny – so sweet! But…

The loaf disappeared to Holly’s disappointment and she still doesn’t know what happened to it! Lorraine heard the news and sent Holly one of her complete baking hampers with all Holly needed to get baking again! We’re still loving the good vibes – all through Shay Byrne and Risin’ Time.

It’s great to end with a bit of positivity as we look forward to 2021 – happy baking!

 

 

 

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#GreenSaturday – Kiltegan – 18 July 2020

It’s almost time for another #GreenSaturday on the Green in Kiltegan!

Lorraine and Daisy Cottage Farm “Siopa Feirme” will be on the Green from 10am till 2pm (ish) with our range of delicious products:

 

Make sure to get your orders in advance to avoid disappointment as products can sell out quickly!

Our range:

Cakes, Tarts & Bracks

🌞 Tea Bracks – large & small
🌞 Carrot cakes – small
🌞 Apple tarts
🌞 Rhubarb tarts

🌞Lemon Cake

🌞 Coffee Cake

 

Gateaux

Coffee

Chocolate – by the slice!

 

Traybakes – by the slice

Coffee

Lemon

Carrot

Bakewell

 

Muffins

🧁Blueberry

🧁Mixed Berry

 

Our cupcakes of the week

🧁 Toffee

🧁 Vanilla Surprise

 

Bread

🍞 Plain Brown loaf – large & small
🍞 Seeded Brown loaf – large & small
🍞 Wheat-free loaf – small
🍞 White soda loaf – large
🍞 Fruit soda loaf – large
🍞 Cheese & Scallion loaf – large
🍞 Beer bread with red onion & cheese

🌞🌞Rasher, Tomato & Cheese – Our #GreenSaturday loaf of the week!

Savouries:

 

  • Quiche Lorraine
  • Smoked Salmon Quiche
  • Red Onion and Goat’s Cheese tartlets
  • Vegetarian Quiche – Asparagus & Mozzarella
  • Cherry and Tomato Chutney Sausage Rolls – using Barry Johns Butcher’s Sausage Meat!

 

Our Scones:

Plain
Sultana
Brown
🏆 The Battle of the Scones Winner–Strawberry & White Chocolate or Raspberry & Lemon🏆

 

Jams etc:
We’ll also have a selection of homemade jams, curds and marmalades along with
our award-winning Elderflower Cordial!

Masks

Our homemade Daisy Cottage Farm masks in a variety of colours and designs!

Specials this week:

  • Rocket Pesto
    New Season Raspberry Jam
  • Strawberry & Elderflower Jam
  • Orange & Elderflower Marmalade
  • Blueberry and Lemon Jam
  • Blackcurrant Cordial (Delicious in Gin – we’ve tested it)

 

 

We will have a selection of our homemade fudge too!

 

A selection of vegan and gluten-free items will be available too, but these usually sell out fast, so it’s best to pre-order to avoid disappointment!

 

Gluten-Free Apple Tart

Gluten-Free Viennese Whirls
Gluten-Free Jambons
Gluten-Free Bread
Mixed Berry Scones
Gluten Free Quiche

 

Delivery – if you are no able to get along on the day, give Lorraine a call 😊

 

 

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The Battle of the Scones!

The Daisy Cottage Farm Shop

I am the Queen of Scones!

The Queen of Scones – the title which the winner of our weekly “Battle of the Scones” can put on their CV! The Battle of the Scones has been catching the imagination of the inhabitants of Baltinglass, Kiltegan and Hackettstown for 10 weeks since the depths of the Lockdown!

Each week, we ask our followers on Facebook to choose the special guest flavour they would like to see on the Green in Kiltegan each Saturday and the response is always huge! One lucky person who helps to pick the winning flavour each week gets a gift box of 6 of the winning flavour. When we ask for votes, we ask voters to nominate who they would share the scones with. Why do we do this? Baking is all about togetherness – the chats you have over a scone and a cup of tea with your friend, Mam, Dad, brother, or sister – these are the precious experiences which we cherish long into the future!

It’s not just the scones which help to create memories – our range of baking mixes are perfect to help your children to learn to bake! Our scone mix makes 6 delicious scones – you’re getting all of Lorraine’s baking experience…bottled! Your kids are sure to remember making a mess and then sitting down with Mam or Granny to make some scones! Check out our Complete Baking Hamper for all you need to get started.

You can find the Daisy Cottage range of baking mixes in selected retailers and NeighbourFood markets in the Southeast and online from our website at daisycottagefarm.ie/shop. We also have an exciting announcement about a new retailer – stay tuned!

Our previous Battle of the Scones competitors:

  Strawberry & White Chocolate vs. Mixed Berry
  Pear & Almond vs. Cherry
  Apple & Blackcurrant vs. Fresh Orange & Chocolate Chip
  Blueberry & Lemon vs. Apple & Cinnamon
  Pecan & Maple vs. Chocolate, Orange & Cranberry
  Pear & Raspberry vs. Rhubarb & Ginger
  Strawberry & Ginger vs. Apple & Blackcurrant
Sultana & Lemon vs. Strawberry & White Chocolate
Mixed Berry vs. Orange & Cranberry
Rhubarb & Ginger vs. Pecan & Maple
4 July 2020 Chocolate, Fresh Orange & Cranberry vs. Lemon & Blueberry
11 July 2020 Apple & Cinnamon vs. Lemon & Blueberry

 

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What is #GreenSaturday?

The Daisy Cottage Farm Shop

Come to the Village Green in Kiltegan, Co. Wicklow each Saturday, and you will find a hive of activity – it’s #GreenSaturday, something which has become quite the fixture in the South Wicklow, North Carlow area since April!

For #GreenSaturday, Lorraine takes the Daisy Cottage Farm Shop to the Village Green. It started during the COVID19 lockdown and was a great way for local people to keep in touch in a socially distanced way while having a treat to look forward to each week – you can’t say better than that!

We believe in food yards and not food miles at Daisy Cottage Farm. We try to grow as many of the ingredients for our products right on the farm in our own polytunnel and we believe you can taste the difference in our breads, cakes, savouries and in our extensive gluten-free range. Lorraine’s gluten-free scones are particularly popular with orders flying in all week!

Talking of scones, one thing which makes Green Saturday special is the weekly Battle of the Scones which takes place on the Daisy Cottage Farm Facebook page. We ask our followers to choose one of 2 flavours and the one with the most votes is the guest flavour that week! We ask our followers to choose a person they would like to share the box of 6 scones with if they win, because what is better than sharing a chat with a friend or someone special over a cup of tea and a few scones? One person who guesses the winning flavour is crowned the “Queen of Scones” or the “King of Scones” and wins a box of 6 of the winning flavour and can access a custom Facebook profile frame.

 

The menu is normally posted on the Daisy Cottage Farm social media platforms a few days in advance along with teasers of new products like special flavours of fudge, something which has become a great favourite. Looking forward to seeing you for the next #GreenSaturday and don’t forget to bring a friend!