Hampton Newsletter September 2013

Our September beef collection day is on FRIDAY 27th SEPTEMBER and do put in your order now to avoid disappointment. Hampton 10 kg family bags with that useful mix of joints, steak, mince and stewing steak are always popular, but so too are the bespoke orders for say a roasting joint (topside, rib), a couple of kilos of mince and a packet of Hampton Herby sausages. At this stage in the month just about any combination is possible. Have a look in your favourite recipe book, lick your lips and order up what’s needed.

Hampton Herbies and Hampton Beef Bangers are always good staples in the fridge as are our 100%beefburgers which come in packs of four. Lots of camping parties here at Hampton have relished them this summer and with mayonnaise, lettuce and a couple of slices of tomato it’s hard to go wrong…even under canvas.

Venison stocks are good and we have wild Hampton roe haunches available. This really is the best meat ever and if you’ve never tried cooking venison before, now is the time to take the plunge. It’s remarkably simple to cook a haunch, you just need a hot oven and an excellent bottle of red to accompany the roast. We also have fillet, diced and minced venison and all are equally scrummy.

Sadly no special beef pies this month as every morsel of beef was sold last month…our apologies!

The Hampton bag pictured at Annapurna Base Camp probably takes the record to date for highest bag seen, but exotic locations have included Sydney Harbour Bridge and closer to home, Buckingham Palace gardens. Do keep sending in your snaps if you happen to be on Waikiki soon or spending the weekend at Balmoral!

Our Hampton Farm Walk takes place this year on Saturday 21st September, gathering at Myrtles Courtyard at 11.00am for a tractor and trailer ride/walk/dog walk for well-behaved dogs on leads. We will certainly be visiting the Hampton herd in situ and returning to Myrtles for a very locally sourced barbeque lunch. The walk is free and is part of Surrey Farm and Food Week organised by Surrey Agricultural Society. Lunch is £15 for adults, £5 for children and includes Hogs Back TEA as well as lots of other delicious treats and all proceeds go to Parish funds. Please book via the estate office 01483 810465 or email.

Finally our hop harvest began on Monday and decorative hop bines are available until mid-September (approximately 18th). They make fantastic dried flower arrangements and at £15 are a snip for 365 days of pleasure. Just call or email your order and pick up your bine or bines from the hop garden at Puttenham.

Bridget and I really look forward to seeing everyone on the 27th who is picking up produce, Cakes, coffee, tea, biscuits, red or white at lunch time and the usual sausage samplers will all be in evidence.

Our the following date is Friday 25th October.

Very happy cooking and we all look forward to your order,

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