ASPARAGUS SEASON. EXTRA LARGE CHICKEN. FREE RANGE PORK. QUALITY BEFORE QUANTITY.
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ASPARAGUS SEASON. EXTRA LARGE CHICKEN. FREE RANGE PORK. QUALITY BEFORE QUANTITY.

By In General On 13th May 2019


The true asparagus season is upon us. That is a 6 week cutting period starting on St Georges day, 23rd April, depending on the season’s weather. There is much confusion these days as the season has been stretched fore and aft by various means including the importing from other countries.

Talton asparagus is the best you can buy. Cut fresh every day by the farmer (me!) keeping him fit and lean whilst he earns an honest crust. Who needs pilates when one has a kilometre of asparagus to pick each morning! You can purchase it from the farm butchery every Friday and Saturday whilst in supply.

Our own free range pork is plentiful and always good value. This is pork to remember – most pork is mass produced and very ‘non-descript’ – but not ours.

For those that love both pork and asparagus … don’t forget our forthcoming Asparagus Supper Night this Friday (17th) at 7pm. Fran and Liz have a tremendous meal in store for you comprising : Asparagus dip (to start), pork belly served with dijon and mustard sauce, fresh asparagus and new potatoes (main), trio of puddings, coffee and a sweet treat. The evening also sees the return of the talented Foregate Street Blues Band. Please e.mail for tickets : taltonmill@gmail.com.

There is another week of extra large chickens before we start a new batch next week. We are always able to joint chickens to your requirement. From now forward there will be plenty of our free range eggs as the new young chickens are starting to lay well.

If you are looking for a bargain we now have a 30% off freezer in the butchery in which all products have 30% off the labelled price. This is done to manage stock levels, always difficult when selling whole carcasses of meat.

On a more general note, the whole meat industry is under immense pressure due to the negative publicity regarding animal protein and the environment, our health etc. It is a complex subject but important to understand that if we could return to a mixed agriculture of, say, 70 years ago, we would not be in this ecological mess. Free range livestock are an essential element of a balanced, healthy ecosystem. They add fertility to our soils, attract mass of insect life and require water whenever they graze which supports many other species. Of course a return to these days won’t happen but don’t suppose by eating only plant based protein, that we can save the planet. Most vegetable protein production is totally reliant on chemical pesticides and mono-culture and is highly damaging to the environment.

So, if I were asked for advice from a confused consumer, don’t buy cheap meat or meat from a supermarket. Put quality before quantity and don’t assume a diet of beans and lentils will save the planet. And – oh yes – eat more asparagus!!!


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