Did you know it’s Fresh Week this week? From 13th to the 19th May Tefal are encouraging people to go fresh and only cook meals from fresh and healthy ingredients. This means avoiding ready meals and processed food for the whole week and sticking to meals and snacks exclusively made from fresh ingredients. Tefal are encouraging as many people as possible to get involved and if you want to participate you can make the pledge to eat unprocessed food for the week.
At Farmer’s Choice we want to encourage our customers to join in, this week and after, and we think ordering from our greengrocer section is a great place to start! You can pick up a whole variety of vegetables, fruit, salad and herbs that have all been locally sourced and selected just for you. If you want to have lots of ideas and options for making your meals for Fresh Week, why not choose one of our veg boxes or fruit hampers? We pack them full of seasonal products that should last you all week. We’ll deliver them straight to your door or a designated delivery place so you can get cooking fresh meals straight away.
Even if you don’t manage to make the pledge for Fresh Week this week, you can always hold your own Fresh Week with your family at another time. It’s a great way to explore new dishes and ingredients. For example, have you tried making vegetable kebabs for a quick and easy meal? It’s so simple with Farmer’s Choice because you can order a Veg Kebab Kit to get all the ingredients in one go and hey-presto! – you have a fun, barbeque meal with tasty and fresh vegetables.
Eating fresh doesn’t have to be all about fruit and vegetables either. You can order free range meat and fish from Farmer’s Choice to accompany your fruit and veg, and it will be as fresh as possible. We receive all our products straight from our partner farmers and prepare it on site. We then seal in the freshness by freezing our meat and fish, before sending it out to you. Your free range and responsibly sourced produce will get to you as fresh as it was when we froze it and ready to be cooked, then eaten and enjoyed!
So, if you can, try to go fresh this week to enjoy the taste of meals and snacks made by just nature and you! If you want inspiration for delicious and easy recipes to make from your fresh ingredients, you can always visit ourrecipes page – filled with recipes by the Farmer’s Choice team, fellow food enthusiasts, chefs and customers.
Let us know how you get on.
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As the sun made an appearance over the bank holiday weekend and we’re never quite sure when that will happen again, like most I dusted off the BBQ and fired it up.
Luckily I already had waiting patiently in the freezer one of our BBQ essential packs, so I decided on Friday to add one of our BBQ Kebab Pack and Veg Kebab Kits into the mix and invite the whole family around.
As expected everybody attended as lets face it who refuse barbecued food on a hot sunny day?
The kebabs went down a storm and were so easy to make with the meat pre-marinaded.
Just a little bit of chopping required for the Veg Kebab Kit, bring them together of the skewers and they where done, simply served with side salad and pitta bread.
Scotch Peppered rump steak
Scotch Steak Burger
Free Range Pork Sausage and Minty Lamb Sausages
BBQ Chicken Drumsticks and Piri Piri Chicken Wings
A nice helping of Locally sourced New Potatoes tossed in butter
So order a BBQ pack today and store it away, as you never know when the sun will show its face again and you want to make the most of it.
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What better way to finish a nice weekend than with some in season English rhubarb crumble.
I like to keep things simple when cooking and this recipe is just that.
Ingredients: 6 x sticks of rhubarb cut into 3-4cm, 200g flour, 100g butter, 100g sugar, 1 xtbsp ground ginger, a sprinkle of water.
Method add the cut rhubarb to an oven dish sprinkle with water and sugar and place in a preheated oven 180oc, cook for 10 minutes.
Remove from oven and add ground ginger and mix.
Rub flour, sugar and butter together until a crumb is formed, cover the rhubarb mixture with crumb and place back into the oven for 25-30 minutes until crumb has browned.
Remove from oven and allow to cool whist you hand whip double cream.
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The Great British Beef Week organised by ‘Ladies in Beef’ founders Minette Batters and Jilly Greed, is a key event for promoting the quality and versatility of British beef to consumers across the British Isles. Coinciding with St George’s Day (23rd April) each year, the event is celebrated across the UK and is supported nationally by some of the region’s biggest supermarket retailers.
Established in the year 2011, Ladies in Beef is an organisation of female beef farmers that seeks to promote and raise awareness about British beef through special events and a country-wide network of dynamic spokeswomen. The group was launched in London in March 2011. Since then, the organisation has been working to increase consumer support of the British beef industry through various ways and also champion the supply beef to all suppliers.
The celebration of the Great British Beef Week is a great way to support British beef farmers across the country. The main focus of the event is not only to promote the production of delicious beef products but also to ensure the welfare of the animals and protection of the environment. By buying from British farmers, you can also support local businesses and thereby help in the growth process of the nation’s economy. As well as this, you also know where your meat is coming from and that your purchased beef products are fresh, free-range and British. This is particularly important in the wake of the recent horsemeat scandal, due to which customers are seeking more information regarding the traceability of various meat products. This discovery of horsemeat in beef products has completely shaken customer’s confidence in processed meat products from foreign factories, therefore creating tremendous opportunities in the British beef industry.
The 2013 Great British Beef Week, celebrated from 21st – 27th April, is therefore a fitting time to promote British beef among consumers and speak up about the various nutritional benefits of a truly traceable product. This year, the Ladies in Beef group has joined forces with the Royal Agricultural Benevolent Institution (RABI), a charity group which supports farming families in financial difficulty through public donations and fundraising events. You can also support the cause and raise funds for RABI by ‘hosting a roast’ for friends and family and asking people to make a donation to help the agricultural charity’s work with farming families in financial difficulty.
Alternately, you can support the Great British Beef Week and British Beef farmers by buying tender British beef from Farmer’s Choice Meat Butchers. Our Scottish Beef cattle are reared in complete free range conditions and are matured to the bone to ensure a great taste. In addition to beef, you can also order other meat products online: fish, poultry, vegetables and more, and make use of our home delivery services. So buy British with beef from Farmer’s Choice today and you’ll be helping famers, the beef industry and our own economy!
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Just when you think we’re moving on from all the horsemeat stories and the scandal of the terrible supply chain cover-ups, along comes another story to disappoint us.
This time fish is the victim. A large amount of fish has been found to be mislabelled, with cheaper fish being sold as much more expensive varieties. Some traces tested have actually been found to be completely new varieties of fish not previously consumed. Apparently, around 7% of cod and haddock sold in Britain is not actually cod or haddock, but cheaper fish that is used to save restaurants, suppliers and retailers money. And similar results have been found around the world.
Much like the horsemeat news scandal, this fish cover up not only angers consumers because they may have eaten cheap or poor quality fish, but more frustratingly, because they have been mis-sold a product. How can you trust what you buy from a restaurant or shop if it may not be what it is labelled? With fish and seafood this can also be particularly troublesome as many people have dietary requirements or try to buy fish that complies with conservation regulations.
As Kimberly Warner, a scientist with Oceana lobbying group and quoted in the BBC article, says: “If you are going to pay for a wild seafood product, and you want to choose that seafood carefully for your health or for conservation concerns, you will not have that opportunity if you are just being served anything which the industry wants to serve up to you.”
This problem has its roots in the supply chain again. With long, untraceable and opaque supply chains, customers are never going to be 100% sure they know what they are buying. If fish are caught, frozen and labelled straight away by the fishermen and then are sent straight out to distributors who tell their customers exactly where their fish is from – the fishermen, boats and all, then this deception would never happen.
Luckily, Farmer’s Choice are proud to say that this is the process with all of our fish and seafood. We source our products from responsible fishing schemes and actually know the fishermen who supply it to us personally. We source our fish and seafood from British waters where possible, and as our main partner fishermen is based up in the Orkney Islands, and the fish is frozen straight away to seal in the freshness before being sent out to our customers. This traceable, short and transparent supply chain means fish you order from Farmer’s Choice should never be mislabelled and you will get the delicious, responsibly sourced fish you asked for. So we hope this fish scandal news piece won’t put you off buying fish from Farmer’s Choice – we make sure it’s clear there’s no fishy business going on with our supply chain!
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The onlooking sheep only wish they could play in the muddy puddles at Scott’s Free Range, West Sussex
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