I hope you are enjoying the summer and having some holiday time. It's always busy here on the farm in August but we did dash up to London the other week to receive the Organic Food Award 2011 for our Cottage Pie, winner of the prepared foods category at Clarence House. It was a fun evening, though slightly strange for us to be sipping champagne with royalty!
We have extended our range of ready made meals to include several chicken casseroles as well as pork dishes and a lamb curry so we hope you'll give them a try. The judges were impressed by our 'good home-made flavour' and gave ' full marks for proper ingredients'.
The days of summer are rolling by and the harvest is coming in. The last couple of days have been dry so we managed to get most of the spring barley combined and today Tim is busy baling the beautiful golden straw. The straw is almost as valuable to us as the grain and ensures that the animals have a very comfortable bed in wintertime. The fields will soon look completely different, cleared of crops, then on the muck, before ploughing and putting in a catch crop of turnips for the sheep to graze overwinter. We've had a lot of rain this summer (it did rain on St Swithin's day) so we haven't enjoyed basking in sunshine, but there is plenty of grass and the cattle and sheep have done really well. The grass keeps growing and we've more silage to make in the next few weeks and there will be enough forage this winter.
The new season lamb is now ready and especially good at this time of year when it is so tender. It was the winner of last Years Organic Food Awards, described by the judges as having a great 'wallop of flavour' Our large lamb boxes are fantastic value at only £75 still or choose your own cuts from our full range. The loin chops and cutlets are brilliant to grill or give a quick sizzle on the barbecue. We enjoyed some last night with mini roast potatoes with spicy tomato 'bravas' sauce, and the first picked runner beans from the garden. Hope it's making you hungry!!
from Tim and Jo and all at Higher Hacknell Farm