Lydiard Turkeys is among the Great Taste winners of 2017
Great Taste, the world’s most coveted food awards, which celebrates the very best in food and drink, has announced the Great Taste stars of 2017. Out of over 12,300 products to be judged, Lydiard Turkeys near Swindon, Wiltshire was awarded a 2-star Great Taste award, which means judges dubbed it outstanding for its free range bronze Christmas turkey the judges said “ An excellent aroma and a good level of moisture when carving. A very Christmassy nose! Moist but not wet - texture but not tough. The dark meat has some gamey notes. Overall a good balance of texture, flavour and richness.
Judged by over 500 of the most demanding palates, belonging to food critics, chefs, cooks, restaurateurs and producers, as well as a whole host of food...
Chris was asked to write an article for the local parish magazine about what we have been doing on the farm.
Below are the articles for the last few months and we will be adding each months on to this blog so keep an eye out!
Part one - August
This Month on the Farm
Mid summer is always an enjoyable and busy time on the farm. The beef cattle and calves are all out grazing so the focus is turned to making the hay and silage that will be used to feed them through the winter. Finding a long enough dry spell to make hay has not been easy so most of the grass so far has been turned into silage (fermented grass) as it can be made in a shorter weather window. Its stored either in a silage clamp or in polythene wrapped bales. As long as the grass has been kept airtight it is a nutritious feed for th...
We officially started taking turkey orders on the 1st October and had our first order in at 12 minutes past midnight - How's that for organised!!?
I hope if you have ordered your turkey already that you found the new process easy and simple to use?
Chris has been doing quite a few press interviews these last few weeks so look out for use in the December and January issues of Wiltshire Life Magazine and also a Christmas feature in the Swindon Advertiser! The turkeys had their photo taken by a photographer for the paper last week and they were rather taken by him as can be seen in the photo!!
Don't forget the open day on Saturday 5th November, short guided tours are at 11am and 14.30pm. All welcome but please let us know if you are coming along and wear suitable footwear as there may be mud!!
Not long to wait now until orders for Christmas turkeys will be taken!
We have spent the last few months working on new and exciting ideas. The most exciting one is our open day which will be on Saturday 5th November, we will open up the farm gates for a short tour of the farm and to show you why our turkeys are so different to a supermarket turkey!
Everyone is invited (but please could you let us know if you are coming and we will send you further details) the short tour is suitable for everyone but remember we are a working farm so little ones will need to be kept under a watchful eye!
Orders are taken from 1st October and I have been busy getting our new online shop up and running.
We have simplified the ordering system and you now have the option of paying in full or the usual £20.00 depos...
On Sunday 1st November we opened the farm gates to a few of our excisting customers so they could come and see the turkeys in the barn and paddocks and also take a look around our processing facilities if they so wished.
What a great sucess it was! We had about 20 people attend and they were shown the poult rearing house (Where they live under heat for the first 3 weeks) Their paddocks (Which they go out into from around 4 weeks) their inside space and our processing facilities. We were a bit worried that we might bore a few people as we are rather passionate about our birds and do tend to rabbit on but everyone was asking questions about health, welfare and the processing.
The tour also included a look at my pedigree flock of Oxford Down sheep and I even had some orders for lamb boxes (av...
We are always thinking of new ways to keep our turkeys happy and healthy, usually we just throw windfall apples and veg into their paddock but as a special treat Chris thought he would make a turkey version of swingball for them! This proved very popular and it is now ther weekly treat as well as daily fruit and veg
This is the first time we have given our customer the option to order their turkey and pay their deposits online, and so far so good!
The turkeys are all doing really well and growing bigger by the day, the dry weather we have had (until yesterday!) has meant that their paddock is still lush and green and they are spending from dawn until dusk enjoying plenty of windfall apples and a few stray tomatoes from the polytunnel.
Orders can still be placed over the phone if you would rather speak to me and orders can be placed until we sell out (Which is usually the beginning of December) so ordering sooner rather than later is always recommended! :)