When it comes to things to do, places to visit and food to eat, you can’t beat Hampshire! Offering a wealth of attractions and events for all the family, from messing around on the water, wildlife walks deep in the heart of the New Forest, to a picnic full of Hampshire produce to enjoy on those perfect summer days.
Hampshire offers miles of idyllic countryside to explore, stretching from the South Downs National Park in the east to the New Forest National Park in the west and the North Wessex Downs in the north of the county.
With its unique mixture of rolling hills, chalk streams, country parks and bustling market towns, Hampshire’s countryside offers the perfect rural escape for short breaks or day visits for all the family.
We’ve teamed up with New Forest Escapes a small team who rent five homes on or near the seaside in the New Forest National Park. They specialise in luxury, beautiful and eclectic properties, all of which have a touch of magic. Each has a properly well set up kitchen and enough kit to cook and serve smart meals.
Would you like to arrive at your holiday destination, put down your bags and relax without having the hassle of going to the supermarket? How would you like your holiday food waiting for you when you arrive, already packed away? We are pleased to offer a unique local food and drink service supplying the best Hampshire has to offer, delivered and packed away at your holiday destination.
From five very special cottages on offer, catering from 6 – 10 people, from Beaulieu to Lymington – whether you’re wanting ‘Swallows and Amazons’ beach adventures for the all the family or you’re coming to birdwatch, cycle the Forest or celebrate a milestone birthday, New Forest Escapes help busy families create slow holidays. All holiday places have been designed to be relaxing and interesting family bases from which to explore and enjoy the New Forest.
Rachel, who runs the business, says, “Mainly I’m a match-maker. I match houses and people every day. Family get-togethers and 70th birthdays are our mainstay and we go out of our way to help busy people create slow holidays, full of cheap (and luxury) thrills. I signpost people to story-tellers, help organise Alice in Wonderland teas, or just tell people where the best sandcastle and marshmallow cooking beaches are near or at our houses. It’s great fun. We have very creative guests and I especially love helping people cook outside or find fab private picnic spots”.
Rachel says, “Our top picnic spots are:
1: on the beach at Pitts Deep Cottage. It’s 2 hours from London and has a beach 10 metres from the front door. The beach has private access so there are rarely other people there. It faces the Isle of Wight and gets all the evening sun – amazing for foodie treats and picnics”.
2: on the Gins Barn jetty (80 metres into the Beaulieu River). Great for low key picnics and it’s just the best place to read a book, nibble on cheese and biscuits, drink some good wine and boat-watch the passing traffic.
3: bonfire in the garden at Eat me Drink me Cottage with the kids. This is a great house for families with lots of kids than like to run wild. It sleeps 10, has a giant trampoline and best of all a bonfire area. Kids can forage for wood. Make their own fire. Cook their own sausages and scoff them down with hunks of fresh bread and tomato sauce. Then roast marshmallows for pudding before racing to the beach 1 km away down the lane and tracking the wild ponies that live there. Heaven.
It’s lovely to get away, but sometimes you want the freedom of your own place, in beautiful surroundings, and with all the comforts of home. What could be better than having fabulous British free range food from Hampshire/South Downs/Isle of Wight to enjoy on your Hampshire holiday!
When booking a holiday with New Forest Escapes enter NFE30 at the checkout to receive a discount.
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!
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.
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.
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!
The sun’s out and summer’s here! Whether it’s a barbecue, picnic or camping trip, if you’re a Briton, chances are you start dining al fresco as soon as you get the chance. Nothing matches enjoying a good meal outdoors, with this summer’s World Cup and Wimbledon all the more reason to get friends over and enjoy some dinner.
Everybody loves al fresco dining – the kids can play games with their friends, and grownups can get a bit of colour in their cheeks while they dine. Dining outdoors also provides the opportunity to enjoy food you wouldn’t normally eat – you’d have to be mad to fire up the barbecue in the middle of November! At Farmer’s Choice, we love outdoor dining as much as you do – that’s why we’re offering a range of great deals on food perfect for outdoor dining, including £2 off our BBQ Essentials pack, plus a special World Cup pack and much more to enjoy.
We’re even giving you the opportunity to win the Farmer’s Choice World Cup pack, worth over £50! Head over to Feeding Boys for all the details of this exciting competition. The lucky winner will have their free World Cup pack delivered for them in time for the final on July 13, meaning you can fire up the barbie and enjoy.
So, how else can you enjoy your delicious Farmer’s Choice products in the great outdoors?
Back Garden Barbecue: How else would you enjoy your Farmer’s Choice BBQ pack? A barbecue provides a casual, laid-back ambience that is quintessentially summer. All you need are your tongs and either a permanent or disposable barbecue grill to prepare tasty Farmer’s Choice chicken, beef, lamb and whatever other meats you wish. Make sure you’ve got enough burger buns and drinks for everybody and you’re in business!
Summer Picnics: Pack a Farmer’s Choice smorgasbord pack or deli platter pack into a picnic basket and head to the park for a lovely summer picnic. There’s nothing quite like a lazy Saturday enjoying cold meats, crackers, bread and cheese – just don’t forget the picnic blanket and your suncream in case you fall asleep in the sun!
Al fresco Dinner: If you’re looking for a small, more intimate dinner affair on your patio table, prepare a light salad bowl using Farmer’s Choice’s fresh vegetables along with some tasty grilled fish. Al fresco dining is not about preparing fancy dishes, but making a light meal from fresh produce and presenting it with flair.
There are plenty of reasons to arrange an outdoor party for your friends and family this time of the year. Al fresco eating is less about the formality and more about enjoying the outdoors, the sun, fresh air and open space – so put on your summer wardrobe and start preparing to start dining al fresco with Farmer’s Choice online butchers!
The wait is over – the World Cup is finally here, and we at Farmer’s Choice online butcher are bringing you competitions, recipes and products celebrating the greatest show on Earth in the land of soccer, samba and sunshine – Brazil!
We’re marking the World Cup with a high-stakes competition of our own. In conjunction with Feeding Boys and a Firefighter, we’re giving to one lucky winner the brand new World Cup BBQ pack, containing plenty of free range meat, cheese and fresh fruit and worth over £50 completely free of charge! All you have to do is head to the World Cup section of our online shop and tell Katie at Feeding Boys in a comment on the competition page how you’d cook up a recipe representing one of the 32 competing nations you’ll be making with the products. Extra entries can be earned by following Farmer’s Choice on Twitter and liking Farmer’s Choice on Facebook – don’t forget to say you’ve done so in a comment. The winner will be announced a week before the final on July 13, so you can enjoy some free range barbecue treats while you watch England storm to victory in the final!
Our recipe of the week for the beginning of the World Cup is a delicious recipe for Brazilian black beans and pork tenderloin with mango salsa. Perfect for watching the opening ceremony and Brazil’s game against Croatia, just use the easy recipe shopper on the recipe’s page to order the free range pork tenderloin, mango and other products you’ll need for this tasty World Cup recipe with one swift mouse click.
We’ve also taken some of our favourite international recipes to create the new World Cup recipes section. Settling down with friends to support Greece as they do battle with the Ivory Coast? Serve up some souvlaki in pitta! Are you hoping that the USA do England a favour and knock out the dreaded Germans in the group stage? Show your support by making big breakfast supper waffles!
If none of our World Cup recipes take your fancy, we’ve an array of products we’ve selected specifically for the tournament in the World Cup section of our online store for you to cook up your own! From light bites and nibbles to juicy free range meat cuts for the barbecue, you’ll find something for any World Cup event you’re hosting.
The World Cup kicked off on Thursday June 12 – so what are you waiting for? Get your competition entries in and place your orders for free range meat, fresh vegetables, deli items and more. And all together now: come on England!
Summer is well and truly here – it’s sweltering outside, everybody’s looking a lovely shade of pink and the delicious smell of barbecue is wafting in through the windows. Here at Farmer’s Choice, we’re celebrating the beginning of summer 2014 and the launch of our barbecue season by running a competition in partnership with englishmum.com. One lucky winner can get their hands on a Farmer’s Choice deluxe BBQ essentials pack, worth over £40, containing burgers, sausages, kebabs, steaks and a whole host of other barbecue treats! To be in with a chance of winning, all you have to do is check out the BBQ essentials pack, and leave a comment on English Mum’s competition page telling her just how you’d serve any of the sumptuous free range treats included in the pack. Would you serve up a selection of burgers and hot dogs topped with some delicious products from our deli range? Or would you give your BBQ a theme, perhaps adding hoisin sauce to your meat products and serving them alongside our Chinese rack of ribs? Whatever you choose, the more original and creative your barbecue recipe, the better!
Bonus entries can also be earned by liking Farmer’s Choice on Facebook and leave a separate comment with English Mum to confirm that you’ve done so, following Farmer’s Choice on Twitter and doing the same, and retweeting this post when following us. Not only will you massively increase your chances of winning this fantastic free range feast, you’ll also get regular updates on the latest news and products from Farmer’s Choice.
What are you waiting for? Head on over to englishmum.com and start thinking the unique and creative ways you’d serve up the Farmer’s Choice BBQ essentials pack. The deadline for entries is 9am on Saturday May 31st. We’ll be bringing you more promotions, competitions, BBQ recipes and BBQ products over the course of the season, so keep an eye on all of our social channels and on farmerschoice.co.uk to enjoy a sizzling summer of BBQ fun courtesy of Farmer’s Choice online butcher!
Grilled, roasted, fried or smoked – ribs are a real crowd pleaser and can be prepared all year round. However, they are known as summertime favourites and are essential to every summer party. So if you’re planning on having a ribbing good time with some tasty ribs this summer read on for our complete guide to ribs!
Ribs, whether pork, lamb or beef, are basically a thin layer of meat that are stuck to the bone and often cooked as a slab. They can be prepared in a variety of ways to suit all preferences; either on the BBQ, in the oven or even in a slow cooker. As well as this, they also come in different cuts to best suit the various cooking styles.
From spare ribs to meaty back ribs, here’s our guide to the different rib cuts you need to know.
Pork Ribs: There are two main types of pork ribs that are available, depending on the section of rib cage from which they are cut.
- Pork Meaty Spare Ribs – This is one of the most widely available pork rib cuts obtained from the underbelly of the pig. They are cut as close to the bone as possible and are the most fatty of all pork ribs. Although they are less meaty, they are regarded as one of the most flavoursome rib cuts due to the amount of fat present.
- Baby Back Ribs – They are also known as back ribs or loin back ribs and are cut from the rib end, close to the backbone. As compared to the spare ribs, they are leaner, meatier and are often used in barbecue.
Although there are different ways to prepare ribs, one of the most classical methods is slow-cooking in a wood-burning barbecue or smoker. Alternately, you can also roast the ribs in an oven or simmer on the stove. The cooked meat can then be marinated with various spices and sauces like barbecue sauce, tomato sauce, Tobasco, vinegar, garlic or ginger, and finished on the grill. For a great ribs recipe check out the meal idea featured on our website for roast rib of beef with red wine gravy – just one of the ways you can cook up a tasty rib dish!
So, prepare different mouth-watering recipes from rib cuts ordered from Farmer’s Choice Free Range UK. Our meat butchers ensure that you get quality, free range meat products delivered right at your doorstep, quickly and safely.