Excited to find a new product from one of our local producers. Locally produced farm butter loaded with crystals of salt – delicious. I have a particular weakness for butter so try and avoid it most of the time or it could easily get out of hand. This is just amazing – it glistens and is creamy and rich and the salt crystals melt on your tongue. Served a little with some white asparagus last night as an entrée. Sometimes the simplest things give the most pleasure. It reminds me of the butter we used to have when I was a little girl. My grandmother used to buy farm butter from the market every week and my father has the same weakness for it so I blame him for my addiction.
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The whole day was fabulous … had a great time and came away much better informed about the region and its wines.