October 2013 NEWSLETTER

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There has been a distinct change of temperature over the last couple of days.  We're officially in autumn and the hedgerows are testament to that with an abundance of hips and berries.  It's been an excellent growing season, albeit rather delayed by the cold spring, and the field and garden harvest has been rewarding.

The cattle are all looking really well having enjoyed the sun on their backs and plenty of grass under their feet.  There's no doubt that happy cows equal great tasting beef!

Once again there is plenty to report as you'll see below.  We've had a great summer, seen and corresponded with lots of our loyal customers (you know who you are, thank you!) and had the pleasure of meeting and talking to new ones who have found us on line or followed the wafts of beef and the crowds at the Shrewsbury and Ludlow Food Festivals.

Our Christmas Order Book is beginning to fill, so here's a gentle reminder that the festive season is fast approaching.  Please do get in touch in plenty of time to avoid disappointment. You might also like to consider one of our Christmas Mixed Boxes as a gift for foodie friends and family.

With very best wishes

Sam and Claire

Ludlow Food Festival 2013

DSCF8920.210412This was our second year at Ludlow Food Festival and we had a brilliant three days. The weekend provided us with another fantastic opportunity to offer samples (Topside, Top Rump and Silverside) which we'd pre-cooked and then finished off in our Green Egg barbeque.  We had people queuing to 'try before they buy' and then buy they did on the strength of what they'd tasted.

It was lovely to see and meet so many of the visitors to the Festival, our loyal customers and friends.  We also really enjoyed meeting Ellie Harrison from BBC1's Countryfile.  Sadly we ended up on the cutting room floor when it came to the programme being aired on the 29 September, but Sam is continuing to thrive on her comments that ' we need more sexy young farmers like you in the industry!'

Some more pictures of Ludlow

Invincible

Our new bull, Tripps Invincible is the latest edition to the herd having joined at DSCF9101.141554the end of August. We collected him from Salisbury, but he was bred in Dorset.  Whilst he has his fair share of recognised bloodlines he also has plenty of hybrid vigor which bodes well for his future here at Berwick.  He is a very handsome chap and we're looking forward to seeing his progeny in the Spring.

Harvest

DSCF8870.132356We've not quite finished the combining, so Harvest Festival celebrations are slightly premature.  We've just got the last couple of acres of linseed left to do, but otherwise the Rye, Triticale, Spring Wheat and Barley are safely in store.  The straw is baled and the dutch barns are looking reassuringly full to see us through the winter.

The good weather has also given us the opportunity to replenish our stores of winter forage (hay and silage).

On and around the Farm

Autumn colours and harvest

 

 

Christmas Mixed Box

Are you beginning to deliberate over your Christmas gift list? If so you might like DSCF58701to give some thought to one of our Christmas Hampers.  Beautifully presented in the Great Berwick Organics Cool bag, they not only include a selection of carefully selected steaks, roasting joints and mince..... but we also include a jar of The Garlic Farm's delicious Creamy Horseradish with Garlic, a jar of The Bay Tree's Bearnaise and a bottle of Pillastro, all of which are the perfect partners for our beef.   We'll arrange delivery in the week before Christmas and include a personalised gift message.For further details go to http://www.longhornbeef.co.uk/mixed boxes

Bomere Heath Primary School Visit

DSCF9035.133145A group of twenty four  6 and 7 year olds from our local Primary School came to visit the farm earlier this week. Their enthusiasm and interest was infectious and it was a joy to show them around.  They saw the cows and their fawns (as one little girl described the calves!), learnt about how many organic loaves of bread are produced from a square metre of land, the difference between hay, straw and silage and weighed themselves in the sheep scales.  It'll be interesting to get feed back on what stood out in their memories, even if it is just the flapjack and orange squash.

Diamond Award Winner 2013

We're delighted to report that our Pies won their category in the recently DSCF6165.004121contested Heart of England Fine Foods Taste Awards.  For those of you who've already tried them, this will come as no surprise!  We reckon they're pretty good and they're such a handy meal to have on stand by in the freezer.  The perfect slow food fast!

 

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