November Newsletter

WELCOME TO FIR FARM

At Fir Farm, we produce delicious, nutrient rich meat from 100% grass fed cattle and sheep as well as from pigs and poultry reared on home grown, organic feed. We are committed to working in harmony with nature using sustainable and organic farming methods. We sell our produce to local people who want to know where their produce comes from and to benefit from buying direct.

The starting point is to build and maintain the health of our soil which enables us to deliver sustainable farmed food. Our animals are cared for and nurtured in a way that also enriches their and our environment.

Our meat is available to buy on our website and can be delivered to you locally or collected directly from the farm. Come and find out more about the story behind the food when you collect.

Check out our story at firfarm.co.uk and buy now!
DID YOU KNOW?
There are considerable benefits of native breeds of livestock adapted to their local environment and growing conditions. We believe the best (and healthiest) meat comes from native breeds. Our Herefords spend their time grazing a diverse mix of plants, moving across the farm, helping to regenerate our soils. They move onto fresh grass every day for as long as possible during the year. As ruminants, they are designed to graze forage and convert that forage into protein without consuming any grain. When these animals are fed a forage only diet they provide much healthier meat for the consumer. Ruminants raised this way have been shown to contain higher levels of omega 3 fatty acids, conjugated linoleic acids, beta-carotene and vitamin E delivering a range of health benefits to the consumer.
PASTURE FED BEEF MEATBALLS IN TOMATO SAUCE

A healthy, wholesome children's favourite that can be prepared in advance for a delicious family supper, served with spaghetti and freshly grated parmesan.

Serves: 4-6
Prep time: 30 mins
Cooking time 1.5 hours
We think our Fir Farm pasture fed beef mince makes the best meatballs ever. Slow cooked in chopped tomatoes, wine, beef stock and garlic makes for juicy meatballs which can be prepared earlier and reheated or even frozen in batches for easy family suppers.

Ingredients
500gs Beef mince
1tbs dried oregano
3 garlic cloves (chopped)
2 x 400ml chopped tomatoes
1 large onion (chopped)
100ml white or red wine
500ml beef stock
2 tbs olive oil
Dried chilli flakes (optional)
Salt and pepper to season
Handful of fresh parsley
  1. Put the mince, oregano, 1 minced garlic clove and salt and pepper in a bowl and mix thoroughly.
  2. Form into (generous sized tablespoonful) balls by squishing together in your hands.
  3. Refrigerate covered in a bowl for 15 minutes to firm up.
  4. In meantime chop the onion, garlic and open the tins of tomatoes.
  5. Take the chilled meatballs and with 1tbs of olive oil, carefully brown all over in a heavy casserole pan (you'll need a lid). Then remove to a bowl.
  6. Soften the onion then garlic in a little more olive oil scraping the brown beef bits into the mix. Then add the meatballs back in and pour over the tomatoes, stock, wine and generously season with salt and pepper and if you wish, a pinch of dried chilli flakes to spice it up a little.
  7. Bring the liquid to a simmer and then cover and put in the oven (at 150 deg C) for c. 1.5 hours during which time the meatballs will soften and cook through and the liquid with reduce - if it thickens too much then add a little hot water.
  8. Serve piping hot with pasta or even a baked potato, some freshly grated parmesan a sprinkle of fresh parsley and some peas on the side.
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