This weekend we will be celebrating all things beetroot at Jordans Mill. Beetroot grown in the Mill Garden will be on sale for the first time in the shop for 30p each, or four for £1.00. Come along and pick up a free recipe card for beetroot cake, download a recipe for Beetroot Soup and find out how to grow this versatile vegetable on our garden page here..
DID YOU KNOW...?
Sugar rush - Beetroot has one of the highest sugar contents of any vegetable. Up to 10 per cent of beetroot is sugar, but it is released slowly into the body rather than the sudden rush that results from eating chocolate.
Turning heads - Since the 16th century, beet juice has been used as a natural red dye. The Victorians used beetroot to dye their hair.
Record breakers - The world's heaviest beetroot weighed 23.4kg (51.48lb) and was grown by Ian Neale from Somerset in 2001.
Messy business - The Elizabethans prepared beetroot by wiping it with fresh dung before cooking it.
Litmus test - You can use beetroot juice to measure acidity. When added to an acidic solution it turns pink, but when it is added to an alkali it turns yellow.
On Saturday 27th and Sunday 28th September, the Bedfordshire Art Trail will be stopping off at Jordans Mill as part of a month-long tour and open studios. Entry to the exhibition will be free for visitors. Come and meet artists from across the county, who will have a variety of pottery, paintings, furniture and wall art on display and on sale.
To find out more, visit www.artsnetbeds.org.uk
Mrs Jordan has revealed her favourite biscuit recipe in time for the Great British Bake Off's biscuit week! The recipe is an old favourite and has been made for many years using some of the ingredients from the old Jordans factory shop, which can still be found in the Jordans Mill Shop today.
You can pick up a copy of this recipe and more in the Mill Barn at Jordans Mill.
A local swimmer who was sponsored by Jordans Cereals for many years has achieved a Gold Medal at the Commonwealth Games in Glasgow. Now living in Alabama in the United States, 25-year-old Adam Brown from Gamlingay was supported as a member of the Biggleswade Swimming Club.
Bill Jordan said: “Huge congratulations to Adam for winning a Commonwealth Gold Medal in the Men’s 4x100m Medley Relay. It was a privilege to sponsor him, and all our local athletes at the Biggleswade Swimming Club, and to see Adam develop into the world-class swimmer that he is today is a credit to all involved over the years. We are thrilled for him after sitting on the edge of our seats to watch an exciting final leg from Adam. We’re now looking forward to watching him compete in Rio 2016!”
The Ivel Painters, a local group of artists, spent an evening capturing the Mill Garden this week. Here are some of the artists in action.
The Jordans Wildlife Garden that was on show at the RHS Hampton Court Palace Flower Show, designed by Selina Botham has been dismantled and donated to three different schools working with Farming and Countryside Education, and Jordans Mill.
The garden was designed to reflect Fair to Nature (Conservation Grade), Jordans Cereals' commitment to preserve the countryside, where farmers donate 10 percent of their land to wildlife.
Visitors can now see the bespoke straw benches and bug hotels that formed part of the display, which was awarded the People's Choice Best Show Garden and a Silver Medal.
The benches were created by sculptor Spencer Jenkins, who is known for his work with woven, carved and steamed wood. They can now be seen across the bank from the Riverside Cafe in the Mill Meadow. The bug hotels have also been installed in the Mill Meadow and can be found in the woodland area.
This weekend, we're running taster sessions throughout the day of Forest Owl Forest School for 5 to 9-year-olds. There will be four sessions on Saturday and four on Sunday each lasting 90 minutes (see poster below for times). There will be lots of outdoor fun and activities, such as mud faces on trees and building dens. Children who attend this weekend will receive a £5.00 discount voucher off Forest School in August, which will run from 26th-29th August.
Places are limited but there is still time to book your children into one of the sessions. £10 a child. Call 01767 603940 to book. There will also be time for parents/carers to have a well-deserved cuppa in the Riverside Cafe while the children are in Forest School!
A Facebook competition to find the most popular photo taken by visitors at Jordans Mill was won by Wendy Presland. Her photo of a woodpecker in the Mill Meadow attracted 149 'likes' or votes in the two days the competition ran! Wendy's prize was a meal for two at last Thursday evening's Grill@The Mill.
You don't have to go all the way to Yorkshire to watch the opening stage of Le Tour de France, come and watch it on the big screen in the Ouse Room, one of our upstairs meeting rooms! We'll be showing the first stage of the tour from 10.30 am to 3.30 pm on Saturday 5th July. Pick yourself up a breakfast, lunch and snacks from the Riverside Cafe and enjoy watching Chris Froome start defending his Tour de France title.
We will be showing the following stages, too. Here's the timetable of our big screen viewings, so you don't miss out!
Stage 8 - Saturday 12 July
Live on ITV4 1300-1700
Stage 9 - Sunday 13 July
Live on ITV4 1400-1700
Stage 14 - Saturday 19 July
Live on ITV4 1200-1630
Stage 15 - Sunday 20 July
Live on ITV4 1400-1630
Stage 20 - Saturday 26 July
Live on ITV4 1400-1700
Stage 21 - Sunday 27 July
Live on ITV4 1500-1900
Sandy Art Group put on a fine display of their work over the weekend and plenty of visitors came to browse or purchase originals and prints. It was good to see the Ouse Room filled with colour!
The group held a raffle to raise money for AgeUK. Naz Saunderson from Biggleswade was presented with her prize by the artist, Jean Picton.