6 of the best turkeys and hams from Yorkshire
PUBLISHED: 00:00 14 December 2015 | UPDATED: 14:49 07 December 2016
Turkey and ham are the centrepiece of the Christmas dinner table and the Boxing Day leftover sandwiches
Turkey and ham go together during the festive season like cranberry and orange, mince pies and cream, Christmas pudding and brandy butter, and Morecambe and Wise (excuse me while I show my age) writes Tony Greenway. You can have one without the other, but if you’re going to go meat crazy, you might as well do it in style. Buying good quality ham and good quality turkey is, it goes without saying, crucial if you want to serve meat that is a) succulent and b) flavoursome. And who doesn’t want that? You could go to a supermarket, I suppose. But then you could do it differently. So here are just six places in Yorkshire that, I think, serve up the seasonal goods...
Swillington Organic Farm
Organic turkeys are reared at Swillington Organic Farm — part of the lovely Swillington Park Estate — so high animal welfare and a varied diet are ensured. Rather brilliantly, SOF also provides Christmas boxes (for 2-4, 4-8 or more) which include gammon, sausage meat, chipolatas, streaky bacon, a pack of stuffing and seasonal organic veg (turkey not included). What a good idea.
Blacker Hall Farm
It’s a right old meat feast at Blacker Hall this Christmas, which is selling some fabulous hampers. These include the Christmas Turkey Dinner Hamper, with a 4.5kg white turkey locally reared at Flowery Field Farm in Holmfirth and a 1.5kg dry cured gammon joint, among other goodies. Will you carve, or shall I?
Farmison & Co
Fancy a Christmas ham? Then Farmison’s sell rather fine ones; an artisan-cured gammon joint (Harrogate Cured Gammon) and an artisan-smoked gammon joint (Wood Smoked Gammon). There’s also a Black Bacon Joint, rubbed with treacle and cured with salt. Just click and collect.
A Wakefield farm that rears traditional white and bronze turkeys, both free range and straw barn reared. You’ll have to pick one up from the farm yourself, though, there’s no delivery — and no website either.
Hostingley Farm specially selects slow growing turkey breeds which are free range; at six to eight weeks old the birds get to graze in the fields and paddocks. You can order through the Hostingley Farm website which also features a cooking and recipes section, very handy at this time of year, I reckon. Hostingley’s produce is also sold via certain farm shops (including the above-mentioned Blacker Hall).
Payne’s is a family run business, located between Market Weighton and Holme-upon-Spalding Moor that has been rearing turkeys for 62 years. Orders are on a first come, first served basis, and turkeys can be collected direct from the farm shop.