This week weve been busy in the Higher Hacknell Farm kitchen making our tasty ready meals, and when I say making them, it all starts out in the field where we rear the beef cattle and grow the potatoes to make the award winning cottage pie. Ive been hand digging the first of the potato crop and they are really soft and buttery, perfect for our mash! They are been selling well this month so Tracy our chef has also making pork with green peppers and red wine and chicken and vegetable casseroles, which are great if you are enjoying the sunshine outside too much to spend time in the kitchen yourself.
We are celebrating the first of the new season lamb this month with special offers on lamb loin chops and racks of lamb which won us the top 3 star accolade at the prestigious Great Taste Awards last year. Next week the lambs will be weaned from their mothers, so the early milk fed ones are especially tender and delicate in flavour and a real treat.
Then its time for the North Devon Show coming up on Wednesday 6th August, where well be having a stand in the Food Hall and giving tasters of our range of sausages as well as having plenty to sell on the day, so do visit us if youre going to the show and see our Facebook page for more details.
Theres been lots of positive news lately about organic food with the latest research proving what we all feel we know to be true, that organic food more nutritious, being high in antioxidants and lower in toxic metals and pesticides. There was also an interesting article in The Guardian (23 July 2014) which I have tweeted by Richard Young, policy director at the Sustainable Food Trust, discussing how meat-eaters would be doing their health and the environment a favour by eating beef and lamb. Health benefits include a healthier balance of saturated fats from beef and lamb from grazing animals and very healthy omega-6 to omega-3 ratio. You can find our full range of grass fed organic beef and lamb on our website at www.higherhacknell.co.uk.
In the meantime I hope youre having a great summer, its certainly one of the best I can remember.
With best wishes
Tim, Jo and all at Higher Hacknell Farm