News from the Farm June 2022
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This is a guest post by SaM
It was incredibly pleasing to read in a few recent reports on consumer behavior that more and more people are starting to care about quality and about provenance. But then I look at the packaging of some products in the supermarket and my heart sinks a bit. Labels are plastered in screaming fonts on product packaging and I can’t help wondering about the authenticity of it all. How much does that word ‘artisanal’ mean? How much does that ‘grass fed’ meat mean? And when words like that are hollowed out, how much will it then still mean when we call our products that? So at markets and at other occasions when I speak to people, I try explaining how we manage our farm. How it’s not just about ‘free range’ or ‘grass fed’ but that it’s a delicate balance about keeping the land fed, not draining it relentlessly and then topping it up again with artificial fertilisers. I explain about combining grasses with other herb and flower species, to feed the land, because the land needs to be fed as well. And I explain how mob grazing can be a solution in certain situations. Understanding slowly spreads though. Most of you already know all of this and bit by bit, we’ll share it further. Until these words are given back the weights they deserve.
The June order form is now open.
If you're looking to buy meat from an organic farm that's unique in the way it combines farming and the development of wildlife habitats such as wild-and wetlands, then you've come to the right place. Here you can buy meat that's not only good for nature, but that's good for you too in the sense that there are no uglies such as pesticides or antibiotics. Good food starts with the care of the land it comes from!
You make an online selection of the cuts or pies you'd like, and then you can chose to either have it delivered to your home, or to collect it at Banchory Farmers Market or Bridge of Don Farmers market, or else you can also collect it at our farm. FOR EXACT DATES, SEE BELOW
On our product range for this month:
* There's our usual list of aged Belted Galloway Beef and Hebridean Hogget/Lamb, and our range of home cured bacons. All our cattle and sheep have been roaming outside year round and feasting on a variety of grasses, herbs and flowers.
* Our famed Wark Farm pies, made with our own hot water pastry recipe and filled to the brim with high quality meat (frozen). Our seasonal special is the Lamb & Wild Garlic.
All our beef and lamb meat is cut fresh, which means that it can be frozen at home. It also means that, while we try to accommodate everyone's requests, we cannot guarantee not to run out of certain cuts. We treat orders in order of receipt, meaning that the sooner you get your order in, the more likely it will be that you will get everything you requested for.
Ordering deadline: Monday 12th June, 5pm.
OOrder confirmations are not sent out automatically, but will be emailed to you by latest Wednesday 15th June 6pm.
Customers can choose for either
* collection at Banchory Farmers market, Saturday 18th June, 9am to 1pm
* collection at Bridge of Don, Aberdeen, Saturday 18th June, 9am to 1pm (the market is until 2pm but collection is only until 1pm)
* collection at the farm, Sunday 19th June, from 11am to 2pm
** or delivery, Friday 17th June. Delivery is only possible to certain areas in central Aberdeen and Aberdeen City, Deeside and Donside and is free of charge for orders above £40, otherwise it is £5 delivery charge. If you'd like a delivery of pies only and no meat, we ask you to order a minimum of 8 retail packs to justify having our driver drive out. These are frozen pies, ready to be baked, so they can be kept for a long time in your freezer. Alternatively, you can combine it with ordering some of our delicious meats or bacons or come and collect a smaller order at the farm.
PAYMENT INFO: Invoices will be sent out by email at latest Wednesday 20th April with information on how to pay by bank transfer.
The updated order form link is below.
As ever please get in touch if you have any queries.
Laurel & SaMJune Order Form