HRH The Countess of Wessex visited Lynher Dairies Cheese Company in West Cornwall. The dairy owners, Ben and Catherine Mead, live and farm a few fields away at Pengreep, where Ben’s farming methods are based on an extensively researched and passionately held belief that healthy soil is the key to a healthy life. Lynher Dairies is one of the most successful makers of artisan cheese in Britain, consistently winning Gold at British and worldwide cheese shows.
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Cornish Yarg is a semi-hard cow’s milk cheese from the milk of Friesian cows. Before being left to mature, this cheese is wrapped in nettle leaves to form an edible, though mouldy, rind. Yarg is produced solely in Cornwall by Lynher Dairies and has never been manufactured on a mass scale. It was first made by the Grays at Withiel and from 1984 to 2006 at Netherton Farm near Upton Cross, Cornwall, by Lynher Dairies. From 2001 it’s made at Pengreep. Another version of the cheese is Cornish Wild Garlic Yarg which is covered with wild garlic leaves. Read more here.
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The Countess had decorated a Cornish Yarg with the all important nettle leaves and gave Lynher Dairies permission to auction the Yarg for charity afterwards. They’ll be doing this in May.
Later, as President of The Royal Cornwall Show 2014, HRH visted Royal Cornwall Showground, to host a president’s luncheon at the show ground in Wadebridge in readiness for her return in June. My post on The Countess’ Presidency can be found here.
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HRH has been presented with a selection of Cornish Daffodils from Maurice Crouch Growers and goodies including clotted cream from Official Rodda’s Cornish Clotted Cream by RCAA Chairman, Michael Williams. Read more here.
Outfit & jewellery:
Jacket, the same one as few days ago at the Isle of Wight
Dress Erdem Tali printed silk dress first seen in Jamaica
Clutch, dates back till 2009, came with Paul Mitchell hair products!
New hoop earrings, for now no ID. Heavenly Necklaces have similar design.
Tin badge made of Cornish tin – obviously 🙂
Bruce Oldfield black pumps.