July 18th 2012

Down On The Farm - July 2012

Wet sheep in the laneBringing the sheep down the wet and muddy lane this drizzly morning is a significant event for the first 'draw' of lambs this year. It also made me remember that it was when they were being born, back in March and April, that we last saw any sunshine! We are pretty down about this terrible summer weather which has made it impossible to make any silage and hay. The grass is just too wet to cut and the fields would become a mess if we drove machinery across them, so we are waiting and hoping...!! Still, at least our new South Devon bull is managing to get on with his work. He went in with the cows on midsummers day and has plenty to keep him busy as he has over 40 cows to serve in the next few weeks, come rain or shine.Our South Devon bull

As ever we are working hard in the butchery, busy supplying you with our quality organic meat and devising new tastes for you to try. This July we are launching a Merguez sausage, based on a popular recipe we make for the River Cottage Canteens. It is packed with loads of spicy flavours and has a hot 'bite' to it! We've also improved our 100 Family Mixed Box by adding a seasonal selection so you can try something different now and then, as well as all your favourite meals. But best of all has to be the first new season lamb, succulently tender, pale pink in colour, with subtle flavour. Lamb is great at this time of year, ideal to marinade leg steaks or kebabs for the barbecue or have friends and family for a roast lunch (and forget about the weather!). Whether you order on line or phone me to discuss what you'd like, I look forward to hearing from you soon.

Best wishes

From Jo and Tim and all at Higher Hacknell Farm