One of the most obvious omissions from our diet this year has been beef - now I can just hear all the health professionals yelling with joy and saying how good that it is for us - but we really actually like beef - quite a lot!
We've been able to share a pig or two with a few friends, get some chickens, duck & venison this year. But sharing a cow is a different matter all together as there is a lot of beef - but as good uncle Bob said; "times, they are a changing".
Luckily our circle of meat share friends has grown quite large and we were delighted when we put everyone's requirements together and found that we had enough to justify sourcing a cow. We did our homework, spoke to lots of friends and contacts and found a farmer who was willing to let us buy one of his cows. An important part of our homework was making sure that the cow had been reared in an "animal welfare friendly" environment.
Having done the background the big day, today, finally arrived - we collected the cow early this morning and delivered it to the slaughterhouse & butchery where the meat will hang for 21 days by which time we should have some really nice tasty beef... the countdown begins!!
In getting the meat share going we have met many people who are interested in sourcing good quality meat that has come from a welfare friendly system. It seems that more and more people want to understand and know where their food comes from and they want to know that it comes from a sustainable source.
With that it mind we have launched a Tiny Farmer website,www.tinyfarmer.co.uk, where we hope to be able to share what we are doing with even more people in the region, so please be good enough to spread the word.
I guess the next big challenge will be to try and make sure that we have a good regular supply of fish for our menu as that is the other glaring omission.We'll keep you posted on that one...