More than just Yeogurt at Yeo Valley // part one

I love Yeo Valley yogurt because they’re made locally here in Somerset and are totally delicious!  There’s certainly more than just Yeogurt at Yeo Valley which I found out during my day there.

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As a family we buy the 0% fat natural yog which the kids love with red berries and honey swirled in.  Hubby also likes a meringue added in for a slightly healthier twist on a pavlova!  Talking about refined sugar… Yeo Valley have released a new live yogurt called Bio Live with less refined sugar and live cultures.  Since the Sugar Rush documentary by Jamie Oliver about refined sugar and the state of our health in this country I was all ears to hear about the new product and about Yeo Valley themselves.

I was invited for a day at Yeo Valley with some other bloggers to take part in some personalised yeo-ga and hear about this new exciting product. Bio Live is thick live yogurt, made with organic British milk and no added refined sugar, and it’s low in fat too.

Blogger Day

We were greeted in the Organic Garden Cafe with smiling faces, steaming hot tea and coffee, a roaring fire and delicious Chocolate and Beetroot Brownie! It was lovely to meet some other bloggers Ali, Ella and Georgina and find out more about Yeo Valley and their ethos which resonated with me deeply.

Coming from a farming family, supporting British farming is dear to my heart.  Yeo Valley’s ethos is anchored in sustainability, a healthy work/life balance, supporting local producers, British farming and education too.

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The Garden Cafe has a lovely relaxed and eclectic feel, a real home away from home.  There is a gnome theme in the bathrooms which is so kitsch! Little Miss loves the film Gnomeo and Juliet which is currently on Netflix and she would love this!!

The views across the Organic Garden to the valley beyond reminded me once again why I love this county so fiercely.

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After our coffee and cake we got changed into our workout gear for a yoga session with a difference in the open air with the cows for company.  I’ve got to say the setting really took my breath away, the lake behind us and the farmhouse before us made for the most stunning yoga location.

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Our Yeo-Ga instructor Ann-See Yeo of My Kind of Yoga Chew Valley.

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It was sunny and very breezy so we improvised with herby terracotta plant pots to hold down our yoga mats.

Cows Grazing

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Yeo Valley Farm House

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A ‘through the leg’ shot.  As you can see the cows weren’t at all phased that we had our bums in the air for Yeo-Ga.  I get the feeling the Yeo Valley team have a lot of team building exercises out here.

Yeo-Ga was created for Yeo Valley by Ann-See and was really good fun. We learnt poses like the scarecrow, tractor and mud angels.  You should have been a fly on the wall for the duck pose.  Hilariously I’m not at all good at balancing it seems!  To see the positions we learnt watch Team Yeo doing Yeo-Ga!  Yeo Valley love a play on words I found out!

After a breather we had a wander around the Organic Garden which is so tranquil and beautiful.  I think the photo’s speak for themselves.

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We walked through the Perennial Meadow which was just beautiful and so serene.

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Our reflection in the pool is down to black dye which is looks so modern, completely safe and and fish would survive in it.

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The gardens are a constantly evolving project and the work of Sarah Mead and her team.  The Organic Garden has been certified organic by the soil association.  Beautifully arranged beds are cleverly planted to allow the plants to thrive.


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The 6.5 acre Organic Garden at Yeo Valley is breathtaking and it certainly sold me the good life.

Although open to visitors it is not open all the time so check the website for opening times and special events to avoid disappointment.

I found out Yeo Valley love good food, good company and good fun and we definitely had a lot of that on our day in sunny and breezy Somerset!

Part 2 of my day in Yeo Valley to come, including our delicious organic lunch in the famous Yeo Valley Canteen, a yomp up the Mendip Hills area of outstanding natural beauty and a cookery demo by Mark the Yeo Valley chef.

See you next time!

Lizzie xo

 

 

 

 

 

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