I’ve been learning more about where my meat comes from recently and to be honest, I haven’t been especially happy about it. It’s fairly easy to get free range chicken (although I can’t seem to get free range chicken thigh fillets in our massive Asda superstore) but when it comes to pork, beef and lamb, there’s a big difference. In supermarkets you might see outdoor bred or outdoor reared – but that means the pigs only have a very short time outdoors. Both of these methods mean that pigs are outdoors until weaned, then brought indoors to be reared in barns, The only difference is that outdoor reared means they have access to a small outdoor space attached to the barns.
Free range means the animals have the freedom to roam the fields and this is where they are happiest. And that’s what Swillington Organic Farm based just outside of Leeds, UK, give their animals. Swillington is a small family run business that sells their fabulous meat from a wooden hut on the farm. It’s small, but perfectly formed. You can order meat boxes and have them delivered to your door in the local area too! A few months ago they were wonderfully helpful when I had a “pork party” and got me an amazing box of meat together. The ribs were meaty, the bacon was delectable, the sausages were juicy. There’s a reason why they won Best Meat In Yorkshire. They’re also very knowledgeable about the meat and the cuts and how exactly to cook them.
Swillington Organic Farm is just the type of business I love supporting – having grown up in the farming community I know how the big supermarkets quite literally squeeze every penny possible out of the farmers to give us all a better price for our food – at least when you buy direct you know where the money’s going!
O2 are branching out with their Priority Moments to support local and independent business. O2 Priority Moments is loyalty service that gives customers access to exclusive offers and experiences in their area through their mobile phone. The service now gives independent retailers the chance to promote their offers for free, direct to thousands of customers in the local area.
To celebrate the launch of this service, O2 are offering £100 to spend at Swillington Organic Farm! You can spend it on whatever you like, maybe you could order yourself a turkey now Christmas is coming up!
Find out more about Swillington Organic Farm
N.B. Swillington deliver to Leeds, Bradford, Wakefield, Harrogate and York. To enter you should either live in these areas or be able to get to the shop in Swillington, just outside of Leeds.
Entry is via the Rafflecopter form below. Disclaimer: O2 have provided me with the prize – I got to choose a independent business to support.
Pics by Rick Harrison – www.fortybelowzero.com