Our Guide to buying good meat

 farmers market

I sometimes get a bit frustrated with average products being sold as “prime” or “finest” and with dishonest producers unwilling to back up their claims with explanations or information, or worse just lying. That can lead to negativity. So in the spirit of being positive here is a guide to help you find your way through the jungle of local food out there:

You are probably paying more for what you consider to be a prime product so you should get more too! If the information you are looking for is not readily available then you can always ask the farmer. If your enquiry is not important to them, you can always go elsewhere……

Essential Questions to ask the farmer and yourself:

  • Are the animals raised AND fattened on natural food? “Natural food” should be the grass and natural herbs in the sward. If they have to feed concentrate food you are better off going to Tesco.
  • Taste – Does it taste better – is the taste worth the extra cost? – Clearly the most important test.
  • Nutrition – Does it provide adequate nutrition? This is related to the “Natural Food” one.
  • Breed – Is it a native and TRADITIONAL or RARE breed of animal? Modern commercial livestock are bred to put on tasteless lean meat in high volume when fed concentrates. Less fat is less flavour and if they are commercial llivestock and fattened on corn then they will not have the right essential fatty acids and imbalance your nutrition.

 

Desirable requirements:

  • Does the product benefit the environment? Better if you can feel good about eating the food as well as enjoying the flavour.
  • Are you confident that the animal welfare standards of the producer are up to scratch? Again, helps your peace of mind.
  • Are you confident you can talk to and chat to the farmer about the product? One of the biggest selling points for these small businesses is that the farmer or family deliver the meat, answer the phone, pick up the emails etc. Do they see your enquiries as important?
  • Is information about the product readily available – websites and leaflets. If the product is better does it tell you why?

 

It’s that simple!  Happy shopping.

 

 

MDAL

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    janmccourt said,

    Very simple, & spot on. Well done

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    […] So the fact that you now don’t know what is in the food you buy from the supermarket anymore means that more people will choose to buy from small genuine producers. Producers who know exactly what went in to every single mutton chop or celery stalk. If you can shake the hand of the person who grew your food then it’s not a bad start. […]


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