Hampton Estate Naturally Reared Produce Newsletter April 2020

We are all pleased to confirm that our next Hampton Beef Day DRIVE THRU will be on THURSDAY 7th MAY from 10.30am to 3.00pm. We were so impressed with the ingenuity and efficiency of our wonderful customers who last month arrived brandishing large order numbers and followed the protocols so well, and we will be following similar procedures on May 7th with a bag pick up system as before.

Hampton prime pasture fed beef is ready to be ordered, whether it be sizzling steaks for that Lock Down family only  barbeque (with Hampton 100% beef burgers),  joints for the family, prime mince for the mega lasagne, stewing and braising steak for a delicious casserole or liver and kidney for a good fry up. 10kg family bags, 4 kg handy bags and the special Hampton BBQ bags are also available filled with mouth-watering beef. Hampton Herby sausages and our famous Beef Bangers are in good supply as is Hampton wild venison.  Paul, our stalker has been taking advantage of very quiet early mornings and as a result we have venison steaks, haunches, fillets, diced and minced meat. This is the moment to try venison in all its glory and relish the flavoursome completely natural meat from Surrey’s wild roe stocks.

Hampton Special Steak Pies are on the menu and following their great success at the last Drive Thru our Hampton Pasties are also ready to be ordered.  The feedback was extremely positive!

We are also delighted that brilliant local caterer Robyn will again be baking in advance of 7th May and please add any of the below to your order;

8” cakes (8 servings)

Victoria sandwich £9, Lemon drizzle £9, Chocolate £11, Coffee £9

Seeded soda bread £4.50

Chocolate brownies with white chocolate chunks (gluten free) £1 each, batches of 4, 8 or 12

Out on the farm we are over half way through the calving season and the new young calves and their mums are gambolling around the grass fields in the park enjoying the fantastic sunshine.  Oddly we have a preponderance of heifer (female) calves so far but their father Sir Patrick Stargazer seems a pretty proud chap as he admires them over the fence.

The hops are growing in the sun in the hop gardens at Puttenham and next week sees the start of the hop training season when a gang of trainers will be twiddling the young hop shoots individually around the strings.  The string is made of coir and has natural fronds which keeps the hops on their upward journey.  Unfortunately, with pubs and restaurants closed production is down by about 50% in the brewing industry and as hop growers we are being urged to grow just enough hops to fulfil our contracts.  This gives us the chance to rest one garden and the possibility of planting a new variety this winter, as this time next year Im sure the brewers will have benefitted from post Coronavirus parties and demand will be back up to normal levels.

ORDERING BEEF

Our excellent butcher Simon has just reported that one of his key men is having to isolate and his butchering capacity is diminished.  Therefore, we have sent just one beef animal to the abattoir this week which in turn means our supplies could possibly run out for the DRIVE THRU.  PLEASE order as soon as possible to avoid any disappointment as it will be first come, first served.  Please email Helen helenjackson@hamptonestate.co.uk.

We are sorry that we can’t offer fresh coffee and tea and the chance for a chat over a biscuit or slice of cake, but we are sure that it will not be long before Hampton Beef Days will return to normal, the Big Green Egg will be cooking short ribs to savour and there will be time for a walk around the garden.

Thank you for supporting your local Pasture Fed farm and we look forward to seeing everyone if briefly on 7th May.

Best wishes

Bill and Bridget

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