With the uncertainty of what Christmas might look like, some of our local farmers might not have the orders they might usually have this time of year as people wait to see how many family they can have over for Christmas.
So whilst we wait for more clarification from the Government, here are some of Dorset’s farms that specialise in some beautiful meat that would be perfect for your Christmas table.
Chilcott Turkeys – Based in Overmoigne near Dorchester, Chilcott turkeys are free range during the day from 8 weeks old and allowed to happily roam the pastures. Their feed is free from growth promoting additives and they are plucked by hand then hung in a cold store for at least a week to develop tenderness and flavour. You can order your turkey direct from Chilcott Turkey and collect from their farm gate (or from a number of local butchers). You can read our review here or visit their website for more information.
Brunsell Turkey Farm – Based near Sturminster Newton, Brunsell Farm is a 7th Generation Turkey Farm. Their turkeys are housed in spacious barns with deep straw beds and are hand fed twice a day with specially formulated grain free from growth promoters. The turkeys are hand plucked and hung to to develop flavour and tenderness. You can buy Brunsell Farm turkeys from a range of local butchers and farm shops and can also collect from the farm gate. For more information, visit their website.
Medway Turkey Farm – Based near Bridport, Medway Farm raises allow their turkeys to roam their pastures and woodland, grazing naturally as well as being grain fed. You can buy your turkeys directly from their farm and there is more information and how to order via their website.
Wyld Country Beef – Based on the outskirts of Weymouth, Wyld Country Beef have a herd of Shetland Cows that are lovingly reared in the traditional way with a grass only diet. The meat is butchered on site and every care is taken with every stage. To order, visit their facebook page. You can read our review here.
Hilfield Herefords – Based on the outskirts of Dorchester, Hilfield Herefords have a heard of award winning pedigree Hereford cattle. Their cattle are Red Tractor Farm Assured and grass fed and you can buy their beef by cut or in selection boxes. See their facebook page for more details.
Downhouse Farm – Based near Bridport, all their meat (beef, lamb and pork) is reared on their 380 acre farm. You can order their meat from their website for home delivery.
Cedar Organic – Based near Corfe Castle, you can buy organic beef and lamb direct from the farmer. They have a herd of Ruby Red North Devon cattle and a flock of Lleyn Sheep. You can see their meat options via their website and you can either collect from the farm gate or from a number of local butchers.
Modbury Farm – Based near Burton Bradstock on the West Dorset coastline, Modbury farm have a herd of Jersey cows and some Saddleback pigs. You can buy beef and pork direct from their own farm shop, as well as a small range of other items. Visit their website for more information.
The Story Pig – Based near Sherborne, The Story Pig have a herd of Tamworth Pigs. Tamworth pigs are happiest outside and their herd are free to roam all year round, raised in large pastures and can wallow and root as much as they like. The meat is grown slowly and allowed to mature, kept in the best welfare standards. You can buy all of their pork meat cuts and sausages direct from their website for home delivery. For more information, visit their website.
Dorset Meat Company – work with 20 small Dorset and Wiltshire based farmers who all raise their animals ethically and harmoniously with their surroundings. You can order all of their meat via their website for home delivery or click and collect from their farm in West Dorset.
There are also many Dorset butchers located on local high streets across the county where you can also find geese, ducks and chickens for roasting, as well as all kinds of cuts of meat.
You can find your local farm or butcher on our searchable Directory.
Photos taken by John Grindle.