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MILL GARDENS NOW OPEN!

The food and flower gardens at Jordans Mill are now open! You are invited to discover Biggleswade’s rich heritage of food production and see the produce growing that would have once been taken by train to London’s Covent Garden. A wide range of vegetables will be growing in an ornamental flower garden setting.

The gardens were specially designed by Chelsea Flower Show winners Toll & Kitson using ancient field layouts and hedge patterns. However, it’s not been an easy task.

You could compare it with building a roof garden, as some of it is on concrete. Some areas only have 50cm of soil! What we’ve been working with is an industrial site that’s taken time and special care to prepare. A special membrane has been placed underneath the soil to help. The gardens are designed to change through the seasons with ornamental and crop plants, vegetables and fruit.

Sustainable food gardens will provide an interpretation for visitors of best-practice growing systems, such as Conservation Grade, devised by Jordans Cereal for its growers.

Wild flower meadows are also being sown to encourage a natural habitat for insects opposite the Mill Store. A new bridge is being installed that will make the area accessible from the new market garden. The path running through the garden is based on the original flow of the River Ivel.

 

 

 

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JORDANS CEREALS HOLDS BAKE-OFF AT THE MILL

When Jordans Cereals decided to hold a Great British Bake Off-style competition, Jordans Mill was the obvious choice of venue. Having produced flour for the Jordan family business for over 150 years Jordans Mill had all the right ingredients to rise to the occasion.

A private event for Jordans Cereals’ staff based in Biggleswade took place at Jordans Mill last week. Edd Kimber, winner of BBC 2’s The Great British Bake Off in 2010 hosted the event where guests took part in a baking competition to see who peaked and who flopped.

There were two winning teams who impressed the Great British Bake Off winner with their high standards of baking on the night.

Edd Kimber said: “”It was great to spend the evening with such an enthusiastic (and competitive) team of bakers! Everyone threw themselves into the challenges, which were to make granola bars and do some show-stopping cake decorating, and I was so impressed with everyone’s efforts. It was cracking evening all-round.”

As well as showing off their skills in the kitchen, guests were also allowed to take off their aprons and were treated to supper in the Riverside Cafe with views across the River Ivel.

 

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JORDANS MILL SUPPLEMENT IN BIGGLESWADE CHRONICLE

Don’t forget to pick up a special edition of the Biggleswade Chronicle this week, as there’s an 8-page supplement dedicated to telling the story of Jordans Mill and the Jordan family from the 1890s to present day. There are lots of archive photos and interesting tales for readers, finishing with a lovely interview with Mrs Jordan.

 

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UPDATE ON THE GARDENS

It was good to see our Chelsea gold-winning garden designers Toll+Kitson overseeing the work on the gardens yesterday.  As you can see the paths are all in place and earth is being moved around into all the right areas. The garden has been designed using ancient field layouts and hedge patterns. However, it’s not been an easy task; you could compare it with building a roof garden as some of it is on concrete. Some areas only have 50cm of soil! What we’ve all had to be mindful of and patient about is that we’re on an industrial site and once the weather turned for the better, it took time and special care to prepare the garden area. A special membrane has been placed underneath the soil to help.

The path you can see running through the site is based on the original flow of the River Ivel. Next, field hedges are going to be planted and raised corten steel gardens are going in before all the crops are sown. Although the gardens will be opening in the next few weeks, next spring we expect the gardens to really come to life with ornamental and crop plants, vegetables and fruit!

 

 

 

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ORIGINAL JORDANS CEREALS STAFF VISIT THE MILL

Val and Peter Knight, who both worked at the mill for over thirty years came to visit Jordans Mill this week. Val was on the first production line for Jordans Cereals. Here Val is in The Barn standing next to an old picture of herself with Bill Jordan and Moez Karsan. Val is at the front with a number of other workers on the line.

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LATE SEPTEMBER OPENING FOR GARDENS

We’re pleased to advise that construction work on Jordans Mill gardens is well underway and that we’re hoping to have them open by late September. After the awful prolonged winter weather and a few other delays and set-backs, the team are doing an amazing job at getting this final part of the site open, even in the hot weather! Tonnes of top soil arrived last week and very quickly the soil mountain has been distributed to the right areas. The path is in place and it won’t be long before planting is underway. We can’t wait to be able to show you the beautiful, fitting work that Chelsea Flower Show gold winners Toll+Kitson have designed.

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Summer treats at the Riverside Café

The Riverside Café is gearing up for the summer and has added some treats to the menu for visitors to enjoy.

You can now treat yourself to a luxury Maynard’s Dairy Ice cream at Jordans Mill. Made locally in Dunton, you can choose from vanilla, strawberry, black cherry, raspberry, chocolate, fudge, mango fruit ice, lemon fruit ice and blackcurrant sorbet.

We have also teamed up with Maynards Dairy to create a delicious ‘coconut and honey yoghurt with crunchy granola’, which is delicious any time of day.

If it’s too hot outside for your coffee fix, why not try it iced?

You will also notice that our drinks refrigerator is stocked up with some nice cold beers!

There’s plenty of seating on our verandah over the River Ivel, or it’s a bit cooler inside if you want a break from the sunshine.

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‘HOLME-MADE’ LOAVES – THE BEST THING SINCE SLICED BREAD

Few pleasures in life beat smelling freshly baked bread first thing in the morning. Our breakfast visitors can now enjoy the aroma of our very own bread coming straight out of the oven everyday. The chefs are baking different varieties throughout the week, so that visitors can carry on enjoying Jordans Mill’s food at home. They are now available to buy and take away from the Mill Store Shop but you have to be quick…they’re going like hot cakes!

130716 - soda bread                      Bread

 

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'HOLME-MADE' LOAVES – THE BEST THING SINCE SLICED BREAD

Few pleasures in life beat smelling freshly baked bread first thing in the morning. Our breakfast visitors can now enjoy the aroma of our very own bread coming straight out of the oven everyday. The chefs are baking different varieties throughout the week, so that visitors can carry on enjoying Jordans Mill’s food at home. They are now available to buy and take away from the Mill Store Shop but you have to be quick…they’re going like hot cakes!

130716 - soda bread                      Bread

 

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Attract bees and butterflies to your garden with our new seeds

Have you been to the Mill Store shop recently? We have now started stocking a variety of flower and vegetable seeds for our customers to sow in their gardens. There is quite a selection!

As part of our commitment to conservation, we have created a special box of seeds specifically designed to bring bees and butterflies to your garden. The mixture includes yarrow, kidney vetch, common knapweed, wild carrot, Lady’s bedstraw, betony, wild red clover, plus a number of other seeds.

Green-fingered or not, come and have a look!

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