Send the Kids Back to School with Farmer’s Choice

Sad but true – summer is coming to an end! Yes, it’s time to pack the barbecue away, return your flip-flops to the back of the cupboard and start planning the shopping trips for new school uniforms.. But whether you’re sorry to see the sun go away for another six months or can’t wait until it’s all over and the kids are back at school, Farmer’s Choice is here to help with products, recipes and competitions to ensure that one thing you don’t have to worry about when the new term begins is what the kids are eating.

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In conjunction with English Mum, we’re offering one lucky winner a Farmer’s Choice family essentials pack worth nearly £60 and containing all you need to keep the kids well-fed with Farmer’s Choice recipes after school. All you need to do is take a look at the family essentials pack, and tell English Mum in a comment how you’d serve up the products available – so even If you don’t win the meat pack, you might get some useful ideas for a family teatime! You can earn extra entries by liking Farmer’s Choice on Facebook and following Farmer’s Choice on Twitter – don’t forget to let English Mum know in a comment!

The giveaway ends at 9am on Monday 1st September, and the winner’s pack will be with them as quickly as possible, allowing them to cook up countless healthy free range dinners.

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We’ve also managed to source some handy back-to-school recipes from our regular contributors. Easy Cheesy Topped Burgers are a quick, easy and healthy way to feed hungry mouths after a long day at school – and when made with quality Farmer’s Choice free range beef and fresh vegetables, the kids will never want the nasty fast food alternative again. Macaroni Cheese and Bacon Frittata, meanwhile, is another kids’ favourite that tastes just as good piping hot on the table or decantered cold into their lunchboxes. There are plenty more delicious recipes suitable for kids available from Farmer’s Choice – just visit the recipes section.

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To start shopping for Farmer’s Choice’s array of free range meat cuts, fresh vegetables, seafood, deli products, pantry items, fresh fruit and more, just head to the online store. Farmer’s Choice’s 100% free range products are superior to off-the-shelf supermarket goods for young brains – perfect for the new school year.

What’s New this Week from Farmer’s Choice?

At Farmer’s Choice online butchers, we’re always bringing in exciting new products to supplement our existing range of free range meat products, seafood, fresh vegetables, deli products, pantry items, stocks, sauces and more. This week, we’ve got more from our new friends at Isle of Wight tomatoes, plus another addition to our range of delicious cheeses and plenty more.

Diced Mutton and Chopped Stewing Mutton
Our lamb and goat ranges have proved so popular that we’ve decided to introduce mutton as well. Best slow-cooked in a stew, mutton is tougher and has a stronger flavour than lamb or goat – what isn’t different about it is that it’s still 100% free range.

Fennel Bulb
At its best in late summer, fennel has a strong aniseed flavour that makes it a tasty, distinctive element in a summer salad.

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Twineham Grange Parmesan Cheese
A delicious addition to our range of cheeses, Twineham Grange parmesan is perfect for a cheeseboard or grated over pastsa. What makes this parmesan unique, however, is the use of vegetarian rennet in place of animal rennet, meaning this is the only cheese of its kind to be Vegetarian Society-approved.

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Oak-Roasted Tomato Balsamic Vinegar and Special Mixed Tomatoes
More from our friends at the Tomato Stall on the Isle of Wight. Their oak-roasted balsamic vinegar is made by marinading their delicious Isle of Wight tomatoes in Balsamic of Modena for a minimum of two weeks, resulting in a unique flavour which works fantastically when drizzled over a salad. A punnet of their sweet, brightly-coloured mixed tomatoes is sure to brighten up any salad.

In addition to these new products, there’s plenty more on offer in the Farmer’s Choice online store. Fill up your cart with free range meat, seafood, fruit and veg and more and we’ll have it delivered to your door as quickly as possible, allowing you to cook up a free range feast courtesy of Farmer’s Choice!

NEW from Farmer’s Choice: Isle of Wight Tomatoes

All of the fresh tomatoes available from the Farmer’s Choice online store are now grown on the sunny Isle of Wight! That’s right, we’ve partnered with the Tomato Stall to bring you delicious, fresh, juicy tomatoes directly from the Isle of Wight, plus a range of delicious related products.

Our new partners have been in business for over three decades, with their tomatoes becoming especially ripe and tasty due to the island’s climate and high sunshine levels. Like Farmer’s Choice, the Tomato Stall pride themselves on their eco-friendly, sustainable methods, and resultantly have been awarded Conservation Grade status.

Look out for the following brand new products from the Tomato Stall in our online store:

 

Tangy, tasty tomato ketchup that’s perfect for chips, burgers and hot dogs and sure to go down a storm at your next barbecue; Tomato and chilli ketchup for those who like a spicy kick to their sauce;

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Pots of slow roasted tomatoes with basil, oak roasted tomatoes and oak roasted tomatoes with garlic which are just as satisfying on a pizza, in a pasta or as part of a mixed salad as they are to snack on;

 

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…much like these colourful mixed baby plum tomatoes!

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Head to the greengrocery and pantry sections of our online store to add these exciting new products to your basket, and find other quality products at fantastic prices from Farmer’s Choice free range!

Buon Apetito! Enjoy Italian Cuisine with Farmer’s Choice

Few cuisines are better suited to al fresco dining at the end of a hot, sunny summer’s day than that of Italy. Enjoying a light pasta dish or sharing a luxury pizza at sunset is one of life’s great pleasures – particularly with the Mediterranean weather we’ve been enjoying recently, and particularly when they’re made with delicious Farmer’s Choice free range meat and fresh vegetables. We’ve compiled all the Italian products in our online store into one handy Italian food section, so for a handy pack containing all you need to make tasty Italian recipes such as spaghetti carbonara or beef olives pasta, or for steak mince and pasta sauce for a tasty bolognese, there’s just one place you need to go.

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Italian food is among the most popular in the world – but what is it that makes it so special?

Simplicity
Italian cuisine is characterised by its simplicity. Rather than using numerous ingredients to put together increasingly elaborate and complex dishes, Italian chefs prefer to create simple dishes using small numbers of extremely high quality ingredients – making Farmer’s Choice the perfect place to order what you need to cook up your Italian recipes.

Regional variation
Just because something falls under the sizable banner of Italian cuisine, that doesn’t mean it’ll be readily available everywhere in the country. There is a huge amount of regional variation in Italian cuisine – for example, Tuscan cuisine is based around simple bread, cheese, mushrooms and fruit. The cuisine of Venice has been heavily influenced by its aquatic nature, with seafood featuring heavily in its dishes, which include sepe al nero (cuttlefish cooked in its own ink) and sarde in saor – a dish containing fried sardines favoured by sailors making long trips away from the city as it could last over a week without perishing. Try our Mediterranean baked fish recipe for an authentic Italian seafood dish.

Diversity
Such a range of dishes across the country’s regions, using such a variety of ingredients, means that there’s an Italian dish for every occasion. Head to our Italian recipes section to see the variety of dishes on offer – everything from classics like spaghetti bolognese and lasagne blanca to saucy beef sausage and broccoli bake and Italian braised beef.

The number of different ingredients and dishes, of small nuances and time-honoured traditions, in Italian cuisine is so great that one can barely scratch the surface in a single blog post. So why not join Farmer’s Choice in celebrating the food of this wonderful nation by purchasing free range meat cuts, fresh vegetables, herbs, stocks, spices and sauces from the Farmer’s Choice online store and cooking up some of our recipes – or perhaps even some deliziosa dishes of your own? Don’t forget to share the results with us on our Facebook and Twitter pages, and above all, buona!

Give the Kids a Sumptuous Farmer’s Choice Summer

The summer holidays are here, bringing with them a whole host of problems for parents: what will they do? Where will they go? And most importantly, what will they eat? Keeping kids both occupied and healthy during the summer can be tricky, what with long summer days to fill and the daily tinkle of the ice cream van tempting them – but with Farmer’s Choice, you can keep their tummies full and their brains busy!

Prepare a Picnic
A picnic can be enjoyed by anyone, anywhere – so pack a delicious Farmer’s Choice smorgasbord pack, crackers about cheese pack, a fruit kebab kit and any other products you want into a picnic basket and enjoy. The kids will get a kick out of helping you pick and pack the food, and will enjoy getting out in the sun and combine playtime and mealtime. Should the British weather turn on you, a picnic is easily had indoors – and the best part? Paper plates and plastic cups means no washing up!

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Fire up the barbecue
A barbecue is a great excuse to invite the kids’ friends and their families over, keeping the children entertained and simultaneously giving parents a break and a rare chance to socialise. For large occasions, opt for the BBQ essentials pack, which provides you with all the free range beef burgers, pork sausages, kebabs, chicken and more that you’ll need. Alternatively, opt for the BBQ basics pack for a smaller occasion. Also available are the salad pack, chicken combo pack, chops and ribs pack, BBQ fish pack or any of the other products on the summer barbecue page of our online store – whatever you need, Farmer’s Choice will have it.

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Fill them up with fruit, not fast food
The summer holidays can be a wearying time for parents having to deal with children’s pleas to be taken out to fast food restaurants daily. Don’t give in – give them their burger and hot dog fix with the Farmer’s Choice barbecue selection detailed above and they shouldn’t be craving any cheap and nasty variants, and when they ask for a snack, provide fruit. Go for our summer berries pack for healthy bites they’ll love popping in their mouths, or our exotic fruit pack for some Caribbean-themed snacks.

Cookery lessons
A child’s education doesn’t have to stop when they break up from school in July – why not teach them how to cook a range of tasty Farmer’s Choice recipes using our free range meat cuts, seafood and fresh vegetables? Kids love getting involved in preparing dinner, and in years to come when they’re living off of beans at university, they’ll thank you for it!

It’s perfectly possible to keep your kids well-fed and occupied throughout the summer months – in fact, you can keep a closer eye on what they’re eating, and introduce new, healthy food into their diets. Head to the online store to order your Farmer’s Choice products now and tell your kids to get ready for a sumptuous Farmer’s Choice summer!

Cook Up Some Caribbean Cuisine this Summer

The sun’s shining and summer is in full swing – what better way to celebrate by cooking up some cuisine befitting the glorious weather we’re enjoying? We at Farmer’s Choice have put together a Caribbean page, collecting all of your favourite Caribbean products from Farmer’s Choice together, so if you fancy cooking up some tasty Caribbean-style jerk chicken or salmon, or perhaps putting together a tropical fruit salad, there’s just one place to go. Check out the tasty Farmer’s Choice products we’re offering to allow you to embrace the spirit of the Caribbean this summer season:

Exotic Fruit Basket – contains pineapple, lemons, kiwi, mango, grapefruit and galia melon
Containing every kind of fruit you can conceivably imagine falling on your head as you relax under a tree in the Caribbean, this delicious fruit pack can be put to use making a fruity punch, some cocktails, exotic desserts, or a rather snazzy hat.

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Caribbean Sauce Pack – contains Caribbean chutney, sweet chilli sauce and hot chilli sauce
All of Farmer’s Choice’s delicious Caribbean sauces come together in this fantastic pack. Adding our sweet chilli or (if you’re feeling brave) hot chilli sauce adds a real zest to a burger, while adding our Caribbean chutney to a chicken marinade will imbue it with a fresh, fruity, authentically Caribbean flavour.

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Chicken Drumsticks/Chicken Leg Quarters/Chicken Quarters
Jerk chicken, chicken stew, chicken curry, BBQ chicken…the list of chicken dishes enjoyed in the Caribbean is endless. Farmer’s Choice’s free range chicken can be delivered to you in a range of marinades, and adding a little something from your Caribbean sauce pack for even more flavour is sure to delight your guests.

 

Chopped Stewing Goat
Goat is a common party dish in the Caribbean, particularly in Jamaica, so it’s a must if you want a true Caribbean dining experience. Tasting similar to lamb (albeit slightly leaner), goat is best slow-cooked in curries and stews.

 

There’s plenty more to choose from on our Caribbean section, and plenty more that you can do with the array of products on offer. Don’t be afraid to check out the rest of our online store for hundreds of great deals on free range meat, seafood, deli items, fresh fruit and vegetables, and our recipes section for plenty of delicious summer dishes to enjoy with your Farmer’s Choice products!

KNOW YOUR CUTS: LAMB

 

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Do you know your chump from your chuck? Your loin from your leg?  Your breast from your belly? Join us for the final instalment of the ‘know your cuts’ series, as we take a look at the different cuts of free range lamb we offer.

  1. MIDDLE NECK
    Cuts from this section:
    Lamb Noisette Chops, Lamb Kebab Noisette, Lamb Valentine Chop, Best-End Neck Stewing Lamb, Fillet of Lamb, Stewing Lamb, Lamb Neck Stewing Chops
    Ideal for a slow-cooked stew, cuts from the middle neck come with the bone left in, imbuing dishes with delicious additional flavours.
    Recipe idea: Pan Fried Lamb Fillet with Watercress Sauce

  2. SHOULDER
    Cuts from this section:
    Lamb Shoulder Cushion, Boned and Rolled Junior Lamb Shoulder, Half Lamb Shoulder, Boned and Rolled Half Lamb Shoulder, Boned and Rolled Whole Lamb Shoulder, Bone In Whole Lamb Shoulder, Whole Carvery Lamb Shoulder
    The shoulder is a big cut often sold in halves, either on the bone or boned and rolled. It is a very tender joint that’s best roasted or braised.
    Recipe idea: A Welsh Way with Lamb

  3. BEST-END NECK
    Cuts from this section
    : Lamb Best-End Neck Chop, Lamb Guard of Honour Fillet Joint, Lamb Neck Chop
    The best-end neck contains the first eight ribs of the lamb. Meat coming from this cut is lean and cooks quickly.
    Recipe idea: Lancashire Hot Pot

  4. BREAST
    Cuts from this section:
    Lamb Baby Back Ribs, Slow Roasting Lamb Breast, Boned and Rolled Slow Roasting Lamb Breast, Slow Roasting Stuffed Lamb Rings
    Taken from the underside of the lamb, this is a very fatty cut that should be cooked very slowly. Lamb breast cuts come with the bone in, and it can be pulled out once the meat is cooked.
    Recipe idea: Simple Slow Roasted Lamb Breast

  5. LOIN
    Cuts from this section:
    Boned and Rolled Lamb Loin, Boned and Rolled Lamb Medallion, Boned and Rolled Lamb Saddle, French Trim Rack of Lamb, Lamb Breakfast Chops, Lamb Butterfly Chop, Lamb Crown Roast, Lamb Loin, Lamb Loin Cannon, Lamb Loin Guard of Honour Joint
    The loin makes for a great joint to roast, but is equally delicious cut into individual lamb chops. Be sure to leave the bone in when cooking for extra flavour.
    Recipe idea:
    Lamb Chop Casserole

  6. CHUMP
    Cuts from this section:
    Lamb Chump Steak, Lamb Leg Chump Roast
    The chump is a smaller, boneless joint. Lean and boneless, this is a cut best enjoyed by two people with no waste afterwards.
    Recipe idea:
    Easy Peasy Lamb, Mushroom and Potatoes

  7. LEG
    Cuts from this section:
    Boned and Rolled Half Lamb Leg, Boned and Rolled Whole Lamb Leg, Diced Lamb, Half Lamb Leg, Lamb Leg Steak, Lamb Shank, Whole Leg of Lamb
    The perfect centrepiece for a dinner party, the lamb leg is firm and flavourful, and works just as well roasted as it does slow-cooked in a stew.
    Recipe idea:
    Roasted Leg of Lamb with Lemon and Thyme

Which of these delicious lamb cuts will you be ordering from our online shop? Will you be slavering over a shoulder or chewing on a chump? Whichever cut you choose, you’re guaranteed free range meat from responsibly reared animals. So what are you waiting for? Head over to the lamb section of our online store and pick up your lamb cuts from Farmer’s Choice!