We haven't seen the Coca Cola advert yet, nor heard a Christmas song on the radio, but there's no escaping the fact that it's only a matter of weeks away now. Christmas undoubtedly means many different things to many people, whether it's an extended break, abroad or at home, time with family or religious commitments. For some, and certainly in part for us, it involves some foodie indulgence and a bit of 'pigging out'. An extended break is off the cards though - I don't think the livestock would be particularly happy if we left them without a feed for a day!
When you're planning your Christmas shop, please try and remember to think local. Here at Buckmoorend Farm we have Lamb and Pork Boxes, with a Limited 'Christmas Box' also available. Turkeys can be sourced from Pearce Family Turkeys, and if you're after some beef, be sure to visit Geoff at Terrick Beef. All offer quality and affordable produce that has low food miles and less intensive production systems that make for a happier, healthier animal, which really does come through in the flavour. If you'd rather splash out though, you could head down to Aldershot, to A Turner and Sons Butchers, where you'll find a sausage for £37. That's not for a pack - that's just ONE! It is rumoured to contain black truffle shavings, powdered cep mushrooms and Valdeon Picos Blue cheese which has been matured in Spanish caves. The pork, which has a dark colour and intense flavour, is also marinated in Cockburn’s 1947 vintage port.
Back to daily life here though, and recent high winds have lead to a number of tree limbs being brought down on fences. Livestock face a dilemma in these situations, whether to shelter among the trees and risk the peril of falling branches, or brave the wind and rain and lay out in the open. They generally seem to get away with it. Our Autumn calvers are well over half way through now with a few late cows left to calve. The lambs are 7 - 8 months old and are reaching their finished weights. Sadly though the lamb market is poor at the moment The average lamb price in August 2014 was 378.70p per kg, compared to August of this year when the average farm price was 336.70p per kg (AHDB Beef and Lamb). You may well notice a national advertising campaign promoting British Beef and Lamb in response to this!
Whatever your plate is loaded with this Christmas, be merry and enjoy the season.
Happy Christmas from all of us here at Buckmoorend Farm.