Every Friday in May I'll be reviewing different food suppliers and/or supermarkets, starting with Pipers Farm.
I do eat meat, which I know is a controversial choice for a lot of people. I am very strict on the provenance of where it comes from, and I research numerous suppliers before I commit to purchase.
Pipers Farm really values sustainable and traditional farming, which is so important to me.
See this extract from the website:
"Our philosophy is to grow healthy animals with a strong natural immunity. We grow contented animals slowly, in small groups, with minimum stress, which means that we only use medication when it is absolutely necessary. We believe this is the best way to produce meat which is wholesome and healthy."
Their ruminant livestock never eat cereals or concentrates, but instead are grass-fed their entire lives.
The pigs, chickens and ducks eat natural wholegrain cereals with lots of herbs, apples, acorns, worms and anything else they can forage.
One thing that put me off Pipers Farm initially was that they're not labelled as organic. The organic label is a big thing for me but they've dedicated a whole page to answering why they're not. You can read it here: https://pipersfarm.com/pages/organic.
They answer the lack of the organic label incredibly well, and I am content that the welfare of the animals is at the forefront of everything they do.
Pipers deliver to the whole of the UK via DPD, including the Channel Islands and the Highland. The options for delivery days are great, and DPD text on the morning of delivery to give me an hour time slot.
The food within the box is well insulated with sheeps wool.
Now, the bad point: they use so much plastic. Seriously, the natural theme they've got going on is undermined by some of the packaging they use. Surely there is a better way?
The meat itself is utterly delicious. It is seriously some of the best tasting meat I've tried. My fiancé also commented on how good it is, and I can assure you it's definitely not my cooking!
Although the meat arrives in plastic packaging, it does make it really easy to defrost and keep in the freezer. I can take out what I need 15-20mins before I start cooking as it defrosts in cold water quickly.
My fiancé won't let me buy meat from anywhere else! Whilst there are some qualms with the use of plastic, I can't argue with the overall theme that Pipers Farm are working towards. I will certainly be buying from them again!
(Apologies for the poor quality photos in this post; the day I took them the weather/lighting was awful - I will invest in some good lights soon!)