Stocks Farms still needs your support
Last Saturday the heavens were not kind and cried a river over Stoke Newington Farmers market, dampening the previous enthusiasm of local fans for queuing to buy beautifully delicious and sustainably-produced, high welfare meat from the boys of Stocks Farm.
Chris and Ian Learmonth have been overwhelmed by the response to their call for help when it looked like rising food prices and low sales were going to put these dedicated small-scale farmers out of business.
Sales picked up and offers of help came flooding in. But as Chris and Ian say “the extra sales are helping, but we still have quite a long way to go”.
To boost business, the brothers are setting up an online order system so you can order your meat through the week to pickup at their weekend market stalls in Stoke Newington and Queens Park. There are plans for a home delivery service, too. At the markets they’ll have a text ordering service - so you can text what you want when you join the queue and it should be ready by the time you get to the front!
But costs still need to be cut, so the Learmonths have decided to stop being certified by the Soil Association. Though they’ll continue to farm in the same way, organically, they won’t be able to call their products organic. However, they are joining the Wholesome Food Association, whose members pledge to farm organically and operate an open-gate policy so customers can keep an eye on how their food is being produced – and taste it (Iain’s thinking Open Day barbecues!).
So keep buying from Chris and Iain if you can, safe in the knowledge that their meat is what is says it is, and has been produced in a sustainable way that is “good for the environment and animal welfare”.