ACCESS UPDATE - Thursday 22 December 7:45am
For the advice of customers planning to come to the farm today, the track is now substantially clear of ice and is passable to all vehicles. One short section has some remaining ice and should be negotiated with care, but as the thaw continues this should reduce during the day. We are now very muddy instead, please don't wear white shoes or wash your car before you come!
A little earlier than usual this month, and that's not something you've heard me say much recently. But it is Christmas and fidelity to tradition dictates a season of over indulgence in all things meaty. Or should I say, for we think about what we eat and these are straightened times, the careful selection of a few items of thoughtfully reared meats that will slake the tastebuds and provide an eating experience worth gathering round.
And so this month the open days are Wednesday 21st, Thursday 22nd & Friday 23rd December. Please note no Saturday open day this month. We are open at the farm from 10:00am - 4:30pm for collections and pick & mix selections from the chill and freezer. Deliveries will be spread over the three days of open days as last year, with deliveries to Donside, Alford and Inverurie on Wednesday, Aberdeen on Thursday and Deeside on Friday. As always at this time of year, the weather may dictate and so please keep an eye on the website and we will post information there about any changes about access to the farm and deliveries.
We have the full range of Wark Farm products available, Oxford, Sandy & Black pork, Belted Galloway beef and Hebridean hogget/lamb. There are still gammons available and the usual cured products and plenty of pies. We also have venison from Culquoich Estate, Glenkindie, a few more local pheasants as last month and are still taking orders for Maryfield Farm free range turkeys. Dates for organic chicken from Perth are a little tricky this month as we cannot get them fresh in time for our delivery dates. Fresh chicken is therefore available only for collection with orders being picked up from Banchory and Alford Farmers markets or as frozen for collections from the farm and not deliveries.
An up to date order form is attached and if possible please return orders as soon as you can. Please specify if you are able to collect orders at either farmers market or if you would like delivery or collection from the farm. We shall be at Banchory market on Saturday 17th from 9:00am - 1:00pm and at Alford market on Tuesday 20th in the afternoon/evening inside the old Mart from 4:00pm - 7:00pm.
As to next year, January will be the last open day that we will have fresh pork available. We will probably be closed for February while we catch up with re-organising things here. Thereafter we will resume monthly open days, selling fresh beef, lamb, cured pork products and pies and other seasonal comings and goings. If we can source appropriate stock we will then hope to offer fresh pork again for a limited period in the autumn/winter as well as continuing to supply bacon, gammons and pies year round. More details in January, in the meantime thank you for the continuing discussions we have been having with many of you.
With best wishes for a Happy Christmas and a good New Year.