Hampton Estate Naturally Reared Produce Newsletter June 2020

Friday June 26th will be the day for our next Drive Thru Beef Day and already orders are flooding in. The format will be the same as for the previous three, with order numbers on the windscreen, prepayment wherever possible and views of the cows and the park to keep everyone happy. I’m delighted to say that the maximum queue last week at any one time was four cars, and there’s really no need to apologise for a dirty car!

We all think that slow cooked barbequed brisket is the way to go. Take a joint of Hampton brisket, rub all over with a special bbq sauce (brown sugar, paprika, onion, garlic, cumin, mustard, salt and pepper) and pop into the oven at a low heat for 6 hours. Take out and char on the barbeque (died down a bit) for the last 20 minutes with wafts of deliciousness swirling around. Serve with a potato salad (extra mayo), coleslaw and a cold beer. Just a thought.

Otherwise Hampton steaks have all been ordered, and similarly there are no steaks for BBQ bags, 4kg and 10kg bags but mince, stewing steak and lots of joints are available and Hampton Herbie sausages and Hampton Beef Bangers are in good supply. Hampton 100% beef burgers are ready for ordering as are Hampton Special Steak Pies both family and individual sizes.

Hampton wild venison went down a treat last month and we have had some great feedback on our special carvery haunches. We have more of these available plus fillets, diced and minced and whole haunches. A haunch weighs about 2.5 to 3kgs and cooked fast and hot with just pepper and salt on the top with a drizzle of olive oil will give you a great result.

And don’t forget the offal. We have oxtail, liver, kidney, even tongue and heart which in their own way are completely delicious. Please get in touch for recipes, but lightly fried liver with mashed potato, bacon and black pudding is hard to beat.

Robyn’s wonderful catering delights can be added to your order in the form of soda bread, cakes and brownies. Please see below;

8” cakes (8 servings)
Victoria sandwich £9
Lemon drizzle £9
Chocolate £11
Coffee £9
NEW – Sticky gingerbread loaf £8
NEW – Fruit loaf £8
Seeded soda bread £4.50
Chocolate brownies with white chocolate chunks (gluten free) £1 each, in batches of 4, 8 or 12

We were delighted that so many Drive Thru customers enjoyed seeing the cows and calves on their visit. You witnessed first-hand our mob grazing system where we give the herd a set area of grass to eat and then move them (via electric fences) into a new area every two or three days. And a new development this year is the way we get water to the cows as we now have a solar pump bringing water direct from the lakes via a surface laid water pipe. This means we are not relying on mains water, and we are using renewable energy to pump our natural water source. The water pipe has lots of hydrant connection points so that we can connect the 100 litre portable water trough anywhere in the field. Even in the intense heat the cows stayed well hydrated.

The other big story from the herd is that Sir Patrick, our bull is now back in the herd and getting down to business in his own inimitable way. He has until 1st September to ensure every cow is in calf, which could make for even more interesting viewing as you Drive Thru on 26th June.

Please send your order over to Helen as soon as possible to avoid disappointment helenjackson@hamptonestate.co.uk and please bear in mind that steak is all sold but we do have lots of other options. How about a rib or brisket?

We look forward to waving and enjoying socially distanced conversations with everyone on 26th June.

Best wishes from us all

Bill and Bridget
P.S. Our next beef day will be on Friday 31st JULY.

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