Please put Friday November 29th and Saturday 30th November into your diary now as we are holding two Beef Days this month to ensure everyone can pick up their beef and produce when it’s most convenient for them. Friday 29th November is a normal style Beef Day, with a festive twist. We will be welcoming back to the Hampton courtyard Fine Feather Press (brilliant children’s bird and nature books), Nibbs Gin (local delicious elderflower gin), The Cold Pressed Oil Company (fine local cooking oils), Twin Larder (zero waste, eco-friendly, cruelty free and ethically sourced stocking fillers), Flamingo Paperie (UK designed and made cards and wrap) and author Alexine Crawford with her latest Farnham set historical novel. The braziers will be flaming, the sausage samples at full swing, fresh cake and coffee for all and we are hoping for lots of chat and culinary stories. On Saturday 30th November we decamp to Myrtle’s Courtyard where we will be selling beef and our Hampton produce at the Myrtle’s Courtyard Christmas Fair. This is an annual fair selling inspirational, local and helpful gifts to start the present buying season off, and if you would rather pick up on Saturday morning and join in the fair as well that’s fine by us. The Christmas Fair is a fundraiser for the United Parish of Seale, Sands, Puttenham and Wanborough. It would be really helpful if you can let us know which day you prefer.
But before that you need to order and PLEASE email or phone Helen with your requirements firstname.lastname@example.org. And what will they be this month? We have excellent supplies of all cuts, joints, mince and steaks as the meat is currently hanging and maturing in our butcher’s cold store and the carvery ribs look spectacular. Christmas brisket I know is popular for some, whilst many of our customers stock up on mince for that family lasagne or cottage pie. Braising steak, stewing steak and shin will be snapped up by casserole enthusiasts and sirloin and rump steak is much sought after at this time of year. Topside, silverside and top rump joints just ooze flavour and are great hot or cold. But don’t forget our Hampton Special Beef Pies (single or family size), our Hampton Herby sausages and Hampton Beef Bangers, we also have stocks of Hampton wild venison (how about a venison haunch for impressing everyone on Boxing Day) and finally for the more adventurous there will be plenty of offal in the form of kidney, tongue, liver, heart and oxtail. Wow, what a list. We can make up our 10kg family bags, 4Kg convenience bags or even our barbeque bags as required but more likely you will make up your own list and then send it over.
Thinking of Christmas presents we will also have our much admired Hampton mugs, our Hampton aprons, and even our new Hampton beanies for sale. They really keep your ears warm.
Saturday 30th November will see us at Myrtle’s Courtyard, surrounded by a wide variety of Christmas stalls and foods. The Fair starts at 10am and finishes with a flourish at 2.30pm. Your bag will be ready for you in exactly the same way and will have your usual bunch of fresh herbs popped inside. Helpfully we will be situated just inside the main gate in the first calving box on the left-hand side, the nearest spot to your car we can think of.
Looking back on the year we have seen many new customers become old friends as they enjoy the Hampton retail experience, we have welcomed masses of visitors to the farm and garden (Open Farm Sunday and school visits), the cows have contentedly chewed the species rich grassland around the Estate and having pregnancy tested them all yesterday I can report that Sir Patrick our magnificent bull is fit and well.
Please come and see us at the end of the month for your Hampton naturally reared produce, please order in advance if humanly possible, and Helen, Will Bridget and I really look forward to seeing you for a chat, a catch up and at least a cup of fresh coffee.
NB These are our last collection dates for 2019. We will not be holding any beef collection days in December because our butcher will be tied up with a few turkeys!
Very best wishes
Bill and Bridget