2015… where do we start?

As 2015 comes to a close, it calls for a time of reflection, and what a great year we’ve had here at field&flower. 2015 you were good to us! So here’s a quick round up of what we’ve been up to this year.

Awards

In June we were crowned with three new shiny Taste of the West Awards! We won two Silver for our sirloin steaks and topside roasting joint, and also a Highly Commended honour for our 2-bone rib of beef. So maybe it’s time to beef up your next box!

We’re also very proud to have been awarded runner up in this year’s Observer food Monthly Awards for the Best Independent Retailer 2015. A huge thank you to all of you that took the time to vote.

taste-of-the-west awards

 The arrival of our 2nd field&flower pup!

Arthur. The apple of our Rib-eye, the beef to our burger and the pig to our blanket. Since June we have been blessed with our second field&flower puppy, who has four small paws, loves cheerios and is considering taking up a modelling career. We are hoping that Molly, our first field&flower puppy, and Arthur will be able to meet very soon! Arthur has been overwhelmed by the loving response from our followers and is looking forward to his first traditional family Christmas in Clapham.

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The revamp of our cheese range

The revamp of our cheese range was a great success, and with the help of our very own cheese enthusiast Sophie Cooper, we have been able to offer you all a wealth of classic and unique cheeses straight from the West Country just in time for Christmas. A few of our new cheeses include the likes of Blacksticks blue, Tuxford and Tebbet Stilton and the show stopping Goddess. Unfortunately for us, the cheese had to be sampled, and with much persuasion, we so kindly obliged. You will find our cheese in three different handpicked one-off boxes, or by their lonesome in the farm shop.

Cheese picture

New boxes

We love being able to create one-off boxes as it allows for everyone to try a mixture of our products that they may not necessarily choose to put in their regular box or buy from the farm shop. This year we have added seven successful new boxes to our range…

The little cheese box £25

The big cheese box £38

The artisan cheese box £29

The little lean muscle mass box £36

The sharing steak box £68

The alternative steak box £44.65

The luxury steak box £62.50

… and will continue to keep adding to our range in the New Year!

HERD

I’m sure you have all HERD about, seen or read our new newspaper by now! HERD is the first edition of many delightful and informative bi-annual reads to come. We can’t thank our head of design, Lizzie Purchase, enough for all her hard work in producing such a great product that really represents everything we stand for as a brand. We really hope you all enjoyed reading about field&flower!


herd magazine

Branded condiments

With the launch of our new cheese range, and Christmas being a time of giving, we thought what could be more fitting than introducing an abundance of delicious field&flower condiments to jazz up your cheeseboards, food cupboards and dining tables. We have a variety of different flavours from spicy tomato and camarelised onion to wild orange marmalade, which are sure to make the perfect companion to any wedge of cheese, cold meat or simply spread on bread

 Condiments picture

 We’ve got our nets at the ready for 2016!

After the excitement of Christmas and New Year’s Eve, we all love having something to look forward to. Due to the success of expanding our Cheese Range in November, we thought what could be better than introducing a school of new fish to the field&flower family. Unfortunately our lips will remain tightly sealed until January, but all we can say is watch this space and we can’t wait to see to see what 2016 brings!

 

 

A truly tasty free range Christmas Turkey…

With bonfire night over, we’ve already seen the shelves heaving with advent calendars, and we might have shed a tear at the John Lewis advert too. The countdown to Christmas is upon us, and it’s time to talk Turkey.

At field&flower we’re proud to be great friends with our free-range poultry farmer Stu, and we regularly visit the farm in the lead up to Christmas so we can share the journey of our Christmas turkeys with you.

Stu Perkins - Poultry Farmer

Stu Perkins – Poultry Farmer

Christmas is on Stu’s mind from February. This is when he puts in his bronze turkey order at the hatchery. His focus is on quality not quantity, thus Stu keeps his orders restricted to a small number so there is less stress on the birds. Stu chooses to farm this particular breed as they are naturally slow growing, and ultimately produce a better flavour. He rears his turkeys to full maturity, leading an active life for over 28 weeks, double the lifespan of supermarket birds.

In order to guarantee a truly free range turkey, Stu allows them to roam in endless space for their entire lives. They’re fed on a diet of homegrown cereals to ensure they thrive and grow to a healthy weight.

When the time comes to process the turkeys in early December, they are walked by Stu to the abbatoir on his farm. This creates zero food miles and prevents further stress for the birds. The turkeys are hung for two weeks which created optimum flavour and tenderness.  Then, before you know it, we carefully pack the turkeys and deliver them straight to your door ready for your Christmas dinner.

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You can tell, we think Stu is great. We asked Stu why he believes that a field&flower turkey is the right choice this Christmas

‘I think that when you buy a field&flower turkey, and what’s great about all the stuff they do, is that they know the farm, they know where their meat is coming from. James and James come here, they know the farm and have seen the birds that they are purchasing. True provenance and traceability. You’re not only getting a high welfare product sourced straight from the farm, you’re also getting a bird that it’s been processed in such a way that it’s at its optimum eating quality’

For these reasons we pay Stu 40 percent more than he would if he sold his flock to mass producing retailers. This then allows him to invest more in his farm and continue to specialise in breeding high-welfare birds. We feel so proud that we are able to not only offer a product of the highest quality but can also share a story behind your Christmas turkey too.

A field&flower free range Christmas Turkey

A field&flower free range Christmas Turkey

Don’t forget you can order your Christmas turkey with us now! We’re doing crowns, breasts and whole turkeys. Whether you’re feeding a few, or a big family we’ve got Christmas dinner sorted.  We deliver on Christmas eve too!