Corona survival: how to buy great meat without going to a supermarketApril 4, 2020


Hi all, I hope you’re surviving corona lockdown as best you can. Last week I listed a few of my favourite cheese producers who can deliver, and this week I’m looking at meat producers who will also deliver to your doorstep so that you don’t have to go into a supermarket. So if you’re self-isolating or sensibly just being cautious, get ordering!

If you have a local butcher who can deliver, please support them. If not, here are a few of my favourite farms and butchers who do national deliveries. Many of these normally supply restaurants, so by buying from them you are helping them survive some extremely difficult times. So it’s a win-win. We’re not talking ordinary or average meat here – this is the best. Pretty much all of it is pasture-fed, rather than grain-fed, which is better for both wildlife and your health.

Next week I’ll be listing bread, chocolate, pulses and any other dried goods – feel free to let me know your favourite online suppliers. Stay safe.

Online butchers Farmison & Co will deliver their top-class meats (two pics above) for FREE if you spend over £40. Order online or phone 01765 824050.

As the name suggests, Cabrito, set up by former River Cottage chef James Whetlor, specialises in goat. Normally James supplies restaurants, so now needs people like you and me to buy his gorgeous British kid goat meat (above). Free delivery on orders over £70, so why not club together with neighbours (at a safe distance of course) to buy a job lot?                                                         Pic: @her_dark_materials

The Pure Meat Company , based in Kent, is a first generation farm producing sustainable, slow-grown meat, from free-range Tamworth pork to Romney grass-fed lamb (pictured), hogget and mutton. Order meat boxes via  Delivery only to Kent and E Sussex – but it’s FREE, so if you live there, get ordering!

Huntsham Farm, in Herefordshire, produces rare breed meats, from Longhorn beef to Middle White pork and Ryeland lamb (above). It normally supplies Britain’s top chefs (such as Michel Roux, and James Martin whom you may have been cooking Huntsham meat on Saturday Kitchen) but with corona it’s having to rely on us. Delivery is free on orders over £53.75; this is the cost of 5kg of sausages or mince, so why not order these and freeze them, to keep you and your family going over the coming weeks?  You’ve never tasted meat like this before!

Eversfield Organic sells organic meat from its own Devon farm, including beef from its Aberdeen Angus herd that’s fed on a 100 percent pasture diet. For a simple lockdown supper, when you’ve run out of ideas of what to cook, the beef steak and ale pies (above) are a godsend. Eversfield also sells organic dairy, fish, fruit and veg, so you can pretty much do your weekly shop through them. Mainland delivery is £3.95 on a minimum order of £40, free if over £80.

Coombe Farm, in Somerset, produces outstanding organic meat and if you’re not sure what to buy, I recommend an Organic Meat Box (above) which offers a bit of everything. Alternatively, just order your favourite cut, like the organic lamb neck fillet below. Minimum spend is £40, and delivery just £5. Pics: Neil White

Also try: Todenham Manor Farm in the Cotswolds, Walter Rose & Son traditional butchers based in Wiltshire, and Gloucester-based Native Breeds

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