A trip to Deli Farm Charcuterie
On Friday 16th December, the apprentices set off on a trip to Delabole to visit the team at Deli Farm Charcuterie.
We arrived at 10:30 and were greeted by Jean, Martin and Becky. We split into two groups and while one group had the charcuterie tour, the other group went up the road to the wind turbines.
First for us in Group A was the tour, but before we could enter the building we were shown into a porta-cabin where we covered up with white overalls, a hair net and plastic shoe covers.
First stop on our tour was the preparation room where Jean talked to us all about what was involved in producing air-dried meats. There are several different elements that are vital to the preparation and air drying such as humidity levels, temperature and contamination control.
We were then guided into the drying room, which was a lot colder than the previous one! Jean explained it was much emptier than usual due to a busy lead up to Christmas. Depending on the product, the meats can dry for up to 7 months and grow a white mould around the skin which is completely safe to eat.
After looking around the drying room, we made our way into the packaging room. Jean explained that at busy times there can be up to four of them in there as everything is packaged to order.
As we finished our tour, the apprentices had lots of interesting questions and we met up with Group B to swap activities. We all got in the van and drove 5 minutes up the road to another part of the farm where the 10 wind turbines stand.
Once we’d walked to the base of one of the turbines we were all surprised to learn that we were going in! Once inside, Martin answered all of our questions and explained how the turbines work. Only in a hurricane will the turbines go into survival mode and shut down.
Once back at the farm, we were all shown into Martin and Jean’s house where we learnt about their solar panels and finished the afternoon with a quiz, a tasting session and hot dogs.
We were all loathed to go back out into the cold to drive back, but all agreed it had been a great morning.
Thank you to everybody at Deli Farm Charcuterie!