Summer’s not over yet!

The weather shows no sign of change as the kids prepare to go back to school, although I did see the first dewy morning as I left the house at first light.

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BBQ’s are still very much an option for a quick fix evening meal – making the most of the warm evenings and family meals.  But, if you are after something different, why not try our recipe for turkey kebabs or chicken fajita packets.

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234Our free range chicken nuggets are even easier, the kids sit down with your version of a home cooked takeaway and you could have our chicken kievs, filled with succulent garlic and herb stuffed chicken breast.

We have plenty of cooking sauces from chilli con carne using our grass fed award winning mince or our sausage and onion casserole using our free range pork sausages1054A

If you are looking for gluten free sauces, how about our Little Turban Curry Sauces, mild enough for the little ones or a little spicier for those wanting more heat.

We even have an Easy Cook page from Goulash to Sweet and Sour Chicken to make it that little bit easier.

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Escape to the New Forest this Summer

New Forest Escapes, rent five very special homes on or near the seaside in the New Forest National Park. They specialise in luxury, beautiful and eccentric properties, all have been designed to be a relaxing and interesting family bases from which to explore and enjoy the New Forest.
 
They have summer holiday availability and offers on breaks in July, August and September, starting from £40 per person per night at Eat me Drink me Cottage that sleeps 8 + kids.

Whether you’re wanting ‘Swallows and Amazons’ beach adventures for all the family or you’re coming to birdwatch, cycl the Forest or celebrate a milestone birthday. They can help you organise a story-teller to wow you with tales of Roman soldiers walking out of a parting sea, a chef to do an Alice in Wonderland tea, or just sandcastles, marshmallow cooking and sparklers on the beach – just ask.

Pitts Deep sleeps 9. Metres from the door is the amazing beach in the pics which few others visit or can reach. It is utterly glorious and still a hidden secret.

Pitts Deep Special Offers:

29th – 5 Aug. 7 nights.
12th – 19th Aug 7 nights.
26th – 2nd Sept 7 nights.

Was £3900 per week now £3600 per week. Or £514 per night, or £57pppn.

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Gins is right next to the Beaulieu River, and sleeps 8 + kids, in super-duper luxury. You can travel from here to Bucklers Hard by boat taxi and eat at The Master Builders Hotel with 10% off your food bill with our discount card. Perfect crabbing, reading and picnicing from the jetty which has a park bench on the pontoon on the end too….

Gins Special Offers:

25th -29th Jul. 4 nights.
Was £2000, now £1700. Or £500 per night, now £425 per night, or £53 pppn.

12th to 19th Aug.
19th-26th Aug.
26th-2nd Sept.
Was £3450p/wk now £3000. Or £53pppn

Or we can do short stays in these dates. Approx £500 per night.

5th to 7th Sept.
Was £2000, now £1700. Or £500 per night, now £425 per night, or £53 pppn.

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Don’t forget, you can get your locally sourced/produced food delivered by us and put away, just select what you want from the website and we will do the rest. How about a free range Sunday roast or a grass fed British steak on the BBQ.

Contact: www.newforestescapes.com    +07723319970 for more information.

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.

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!

KNOW YOUR CUTS: PORK

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The Farmer’s Choice guide to knowing your meat cuts continues this week as we move on to our delicious free range pork. Farmer’s Choice take their pork cuts from six different parts of pigs responsibly reared on free range partner farms such as Childhay Manor in Dorset. We work closely with these partner farms to ensure our customers only receive the best finest quality pork. But which is the cut for you?

  1. NECK END
    Cuts from this section:
    Pork Spare Rib Chop, Pork Spare Rib Joint, Pork Spare Rib Steak
    The neck end or ‘collar’ sits above the shoulder and is divided into the blade and the spare rib (not to be confused with the kind that go on the barbecue). This cut benefits from slow cooking.
    Recipe idea: Marinated Pork Chops

  2. HAND/SHOULDER
    Cuts from this section:
    Pork Shoulder with Bone In
    This part of the animal is more fatty than the leg and produces a succulent joint that’s perfect for a Sunday roast or slow-cooked until it’s melt-in-the-mouth tender.
    Recipe idea: Wild Boar in Cider(just substitute wild boar shoulder for a pork shoulder!)

  3. LOIN
    Cuts from this section:
    Pork Loin Joint, Pork Lattice Medallion, Pork Loin Rack with French Trim, Boned and Rolled Pork Loin Joint, Pork Loin Parcel, Pork Saddle Roast, Pork Breakfast Steak
    The most popular part of the pig, the loin can be divided into chops, boned and rolled loin, butterfly steaks and a number of other cuts. Many of these different parts of the loin can be quite thin and should be cooked quickly.
    Recipe idea: Pork Chop Casserole

  4. BELLY
    Cuts from this section:
    Pepper and Sea Salt Coated Pork Belly, Pork Belly Joint, Boned and Rolled Pork Belly Joint, Pork Belly Ring, Streaky Pork Slices, Oak Smoked Streaky Bacon, Pancetta, Dry Cured Streaky Bacon
    The belly offers a rich, succulent, fatty meat and can be cooked as a whole (provided your oven is big enough) or cut into that old British breakfast favourite, bacon.
    Recipe idea: Simple Slow Roasted Pork Belly

  5. CHUMP
    Cuts from this section:
    Pork Chump Steak, Skin-Off Pork Spatchcock Chump, Skin-On Pork Spatchcock Chump, Pork Ribeye Steak, Pork Spatchcock Chump Steak
    The chump comes from between the loin and the leg. It mostly comes cut as pork chops or pork steaks, though roasting the entire joint is delicious and definitely worth a try.
    Recipe idea: Pork and Potato Hot Pot

  6. LEG
    Cuts from this section:
    Pork Leg, Boned and Rolled Pork Leg, Pork Shank, Pork Topside Hedgehog, Pork Leg Steak, Pork Escalopes, Pork Schnitzel
    Often cured to make ham, meat from the leg is also often used to make pork steaks and gammon. Meat from the leg is leaner than that of the belly or shoulder and thus needs less time to cook.
    Recipe idea: Smoky Indian Pulled Pork

Now that you know everything you need to about the different pork cuts available from Farmer’s Choice, which will you be choosing from our online shop? Hurry and place your order for your pork cuts plus other free range meat cuts, fresh vegetables, deli items and more from Farmer’s Choice online butcher!

Celebrate the 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil with Farmer’s Choice!

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!

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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!

 

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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!

Serve Up Those Strawberries

Give 40-love to strawberries this summer while you watch Wimbledon and buy locally sourced fruit from Farmer’s Choice!

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The perfect summer fruit, strawberries are known for their versatility and are perfect for a variety of occasions in the warmer months. From a light summer salad to ice-cream garnish, they can be easily incorporated into many meals. They are also one of nature’s most powerful antioxidants and are high in vitamin C, folic acid and dietary fibre. In fact, British summer cannot be regarded as complete without having these delicious ruby red strawberries served with dollops of cream, particularly during Wimbledon. For many, the tradition of eating strawberries and cream at the Wimbledon is as pivotal as the game itself!

Although this practice of serving tennis fans at the tournament with strawberries and cream was formalised during 1953, this quintessentially British summer treat has been around since the 16th century. Moreover, during the 1870s, when the Wimbledon tournament first began, both strawberries and the game were regarded as symbols of prosperity and arbiters of summer’s arrival. It was common at the tournament to see the upper-crust audience treating themselves with these sweet treats in between matches.

So, if you’re planning to serve up an ace of mouth-watering strawberries this summer, check our various recipe and dessert ideas below. For preparing these sumptuous berries, you can buy our British grown strawberries from Farmer’s Choice green grocer section, which are locally sourced and packed with sweetness and intense flavour.

Strawberries with Double Cream: Perhaps one of the simplest and best ways of having strawberries is by serving them with thick double cream. There are many British-grown strawberry varieties to select from including Elsanta, Driscoll Camarillo, English Rose, Red Princess and Sonata.

Strawberries Romanoff: This Wimbledon summer pudding is easy to prepare and is made with whipped double cream, orange juice, and Cointreau or Grand Marnier liqueur.

Strawberry Cheesecake: Prepare this easy yet dramatic summer treat from stewed strawberries, crushed biscuits and cheesecake. All you need to do is assemble biscuit layers at the base of the serving bowl, add a good dollop of cheesecake mixture and top the dish with some flavourful British strawberries and whipped cream.

Strawberry Summer Salad: You can also garnish summer salads with slices of strawberries to add extra flavour to the dish. For instance, by merging the flavours of tangy and sweet strawberries with the earthy elements of spinach, you can create a mouth-watering combo. Alternatively, you can combine this succulent summer fruit with cucumber, greens and roasted asparagus to create fresh salad dishes.

So, this season, prepare some delicious recipes made from fresh British strawberries ordered from our Farmer’s Choice online store. You can also combine our fresh fruit with our vegetables, salad and herb boxes to create any strawberry dish you could dream of!