Happy New Year! We hope you’ve enjoyed the festivities. New Year’s morning saw a new member of the herd born, as Florence - one of our Friesians - produced a handsome (and very sizable) male Angus calf. Despite the demonstration in the photo (below), he is a very good drinker. So much so that he has taken a liking to feeding off as many of the cows as he can, as well as his own mother. Now that’s not ideal when we have milk orders to fulfil! Luckily, it’s come at a time when demand is not so great over the holidays as many of our customers take time off, and we’re not going to miss the extra milk he’s been taking too much. With our orders very low over Christmas we even had enough milk and cream to produce a batch of vanilla ice cream with all the excess too.
We hope you enjoyed the lamb as much as we did. There’s plenty left over in the freezer if anyone would like some more. Some of the cuts were less popular than others, mainly the larger chunks and joints. We think next time we’ll ask for some of the shoulders and legs to be cut into smaller, more manageable-sized pieces for quicker cooking. In the meantime, if you have a good knife and some time on your hands, the shoulders or legs -once diced and marinated in some spices and yoghurt- make for fantastic skewer kebabs under the grill. For those waiting for their next beef fix, we’ll have fresh beef available for delivery or collection next week.
Speaking of yoghurt, our batch pasteuriser has just gone to be serviced and we will not be able to make yoghurt for next Friday (13th) and for at least another week after that. We are not sure exactly how long this will take but we’ll keep yoghurt customers posted.
Our new pricing system has gone into effect this week. We hope you have all had a chance to read and consider our email explaining the changes. If you haven’t yet filled in our survey and you’ve been meaning to, there’s still time to fill it in and enter the prize draw which we’ll announce next month.
Please can we ask those who have switched from a doorstep delivery to our collection service to update their payment reference when paying for this and all future invoices. Your new reference is below the ‘Total to Pay’ on your invoice, thank you.
Due to staff changes our deliveries may be a little later in the mornings on Tuesdays and Fridays. We hope this does not cause inconvenience but do let us know if there is a problem. Our new latest delivery time is now 9am.
All the best,
James & Vicky, Graham, Nick, Will and Sasha, plus the rest of the North Aston Farms team, and our cows: Leah, Darla, Precious, Margaret, Lottie, Jocie, Florence, Raindrop, Ivy, Lisa, Blossom, Violet, Holly, Carla, Butterfly, Connie, Mary, Iona & Sprout.