He is one of our favourite Perthshire Producers – Mr Mark Bush from Summer Harvest Cold Pressed Rapeseed Oil talks us through his busy weeks doing what he loves. We also chat all about his best weekend ever when he first met the love of his life - whilst ripping and dipping some crusty, warm sourdough into his lovely rapeseed oil of course!
1. What does a typical day at work look like for you?
No two days are the same! As it's a small company I get involved in all aspects, but I do try and put some structure to my day. It will usually be an 8am start (sometimes 5am) and I try to get some admin sorted out. Then it will be either into production or out on the road drumming up new business. It’s always a 6pm finish so I can have some dinner and time with my family.
2. What signals the start of your weekend / days off?
Usually a blind panic to see if I’ve completed everything… but sometimes I'll work a few hours on the weekend too!
3. What makes for a perfect night in?
It would have to be a nice dinner, food is always the key to something being perfect. The dinner would be shared with either family or friends and as long as the food, drink and chat is good, then I’m a happy man.
4. What makes for a memorable day or night out?
Catching up with family and friends, simple.
5. Tell us about the weekend you’d love to live again?
It would be the weekend I met my wife. She was visiting London to catch up with a mutual friend, and at the time she didn't have a mobile phone, so she had to wait for two hours (not knowing what was happening) at Covent Garden as I was delayed. A great weekend of laughter, food and drink (and meeting Mrs Bush), but I would make sure I got to Covent Garden on time!
6. And now your best ever day at work?
A really tough one, but I think it has to be when we had an open day at the farm for chefs to visit to see how we operate on the farm. Shirley Spears (The Three Chimneys) came that day, I have so much respect for Shirley it’s untrue, and to have her and Ed on the farm was amazing.
7. Any workday or weekend rituals?
Never leave the kitchen without having two cups of tea in the morning.
8. What’s in the perfect day off breakfast?
That has to be a cooked breakfast - a poached egg, not fried.
9. Any words of wisdom for us?
Love your work, it’s the largest part of your day!
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October 1st Sunday 2017
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September 24th Sunday 2017
Steve Thomas is the owner of Freespirits Outdoor Company in Perthshire. When he's not outdoors taking people on fantastic adventures like white water rafting and Canyoning, Steve likes to be surrounded by family and friends or relaxing in the hills or out on the water.
September 17th Sunday 2017