We were invited out to spend the afternoon at Jimmy's Farm in Suffolk on Monday, where we were given a tour around the farm by Jimmy himself to discuss the importance of being able to trace where your food has come from.
Jimmy is part of the ‘Red Tractor’
assurance scheme, this means that all the Pork that comes from his farm
has a Red Tractor logo on the packaging. It is important to keep an eye
out in the supermarkets for this logo which means you have complete
traceability of where the meat has come from and also a guarantee on
hygiene and cleanliness from farm to packaging. You are also choosing
good animal welfare standards.
The farmers that are
part of the Red Tractor logo are proud to be and go through rigorous
inspections. Over 78,000 farmers and more than 500 food packers and
manufacturers work to the Red Tractor standard and are independently
checked, verified and inspected.
Growing up, my mum
made us Pork dishes, chops, bacon, sausages, casseroles, the normal run
of what you'd expect. But while I was listening to the talks at the farm
I realised that I didn’t know even half of these cuts and what to do
with them! Turns out there’s a LOT more to Pork than I had thought!!
For a couple of fantastc videos from Jimmy look HERE, HERE and HERE (takes you to the LovePorkUK YouTube page)
You can also find more information as well as some great recipies and ideas on the LovePork website.
We had a brilliant day out and would like to thank Jimmy and his collegues for inviting us!