Hello and welcome to Cottage Farm Shop!
Stop Press: Cottage Farm have been shortlisted in the national BBC Food and Farming Awards in the sustainable Farmer of the Year category. So try some before the rush!
We are a Cornwall based family-run small organic farm selling fresh meat boxes and other farm products. We pride ourselves on the very highest levels of customer service and care and will always do anything we can to help you.
Detailed description of each box is on the left: 'Click for meat boxes', where you can order your organic beef and/or lamb boxes.
Deliveries are generally every last Wendesday of each month. However, we tend to sell all the available meat couple weeks prior to that or even earlier, so do order in good time to avoid disappointment.
We moved to Cottage Farm back in 2005, having had no previous farming experience, and completed conversion to organic status in July 2009. In that period we slowly established a herd of native Red Ruby cattle and a herd of rare breed Wiltshire Horn sheep and now we supply our neighbours and eBay customers with fresh beef and lamb boxes.
At the same time we have converted our house and farm to renewable energy and near zero carbon footprint. More about that on 'ME'.
I am also a founding member of Transition News Cornwall, for which I administer the website: www.TransitionNC.org, which is packed with well over a thousand items helpful in converting to a sustainable lifestyle and to maximising local resilience. Feel free to contribute to the website and ask any questions you may have.
Looking forward to your order !
Cottage Farm is a small traditionally run, sustainable organic farm in North Cornwall. Our animals spend all their lives on our farm grazing peacefully on the lush green permanent pastures of our fields. No fertilizers, pesticides or herbicides are applied. Further more, our animals are fed almost exclusively on grass: no supplements and no GM feeds.
Most beef available in shops is from Continental breeds which grow fast and big. To support this rate of growth they need to be fed vast quantities of supplementary GM fodder, as those are the cheapest.
In contrast we have chosen a local, traditional breed, the Red Ruby cattle, which are well suited to the conditions in Cornwall, do well simply on grass and do not need any supplementary feed.
As a result, our meat is beautifully marbled, tender and delicious as well as having an excellent flavour. It is also very pleasing to think what happy and peaceful lives the animals have led on our farm: no stress, just open fields of green grass, their idea of heaven!
As Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall says in his River Cottage Meat book: "The Red Ruby cattle have an excellent, mild temperament and are extremely well adapted to unfertilized grazing. Bred to withstand harsh winters, they grow more slowly and have natural ability to put on fat reserves. It is this natural growth pace and natural diet that makes the close-grained, well-marbled meat British beef at its best. They simply produce the best beef I have ever tasted.
Enough said. Try one of our fresh meat boxes and I assure you you will not be disappointed. Just look at our excellent feedback
Cornwall farm finalists in a national award
Paul of Cottage Farm, one of first truly sustainable and resilient organic farms powered by renewable energy, has been shortlisted in the final three of this year's national BBC Food and Farming Awards in the Farmer of the Year Category.
BBC are making a television programme about Cottage Farm, which will be turned into an insert in BBC1 Countryfile programme with a 3 minutes little clip about us about 40 minutes in. Here is the link:
And a whole programme on Radio 4 (On Your Farm) which you can follow here: http://www.bbc.co.uk/iplayer/console/b015ygx0.
Cottage Farm have cut their carbon emissions by 119% (no, not a misprint!), by reducing energy consumption and by generating more energy than they need to run the house, to run the farm, to drive and to deliver their farm produce to their customers, which they sell locally via www.BigBarn.co.uk. The energy systems used on the farm include Solar Thermal panels, Heat Store, wood burner with boiler, PV panels, wind turbine, bore hole water and even home made bio-diesel from waste vegetable oil.
Paul says: 'As a result our native rare-breed grass-fed Red Ruby meat is not only great tasting, tender and organic but also carbon-neutral, and considerably cheaper then meat from butchers or supermarkets. After all, we have cut out all the middlemen and our energy bills are near zero. In addition, our energy resilience means we will be able to continue producing and delivering food regardless of how high future energy costs will be'
As a member of www.SuperHomes.org.uk, Cottage Farm run Open Days where visitors can learn about the motivations, the general principles and the practical steps taken to achieve such major cuts in carbon emissions and in energy costs. This is followed by a practical hands on, touch and feel tour of the house and the many energy measures installed, as well as a farm walk.
For more details please visit www.TransitionNC.org or 'like' us on Facebook: