There is everything to love about Piper’s farm. Every item of meat I have ever ordered from them has been delicious. It is beautifully wrapped. They have a high functioning, attractive website. Delivery is quick and wrapped in sheep’s wool (coated in plastic) to keep the food cool. Their animal husbandry is excellent. The meat is of the highest quality. They provide the full nose to tail eating experience that weird types like me aspire to. They have an excellent system of working with a number of small, local farms. There is everything to love about them, my friend. Apart from the tiny detail of the price tag.
In case you haven’t already noticed, I think Pipers really are great and if you aspire to eat well raised animals fed a natural diet (strictly no gm soy!) then I urge you to take the plunge and order a meat box from them. You can get anything you may possibly need from them. Lovely big fat chickens, bijou jars of lard, wonderful steak and sausages and (honestly this is my favourite thing) any of the funny extras that go towards making good stocks and broths.
My poor pictures terribly illustrate how beautifully presented everything is, but please believe me!
If you’re feeding a family or haven’t won the lottery I’ll tell you how I manage to afford to shop there (occasionally). Firstly, I look out for OFFERS! Free delivery? Yes please! 20% off? Yes! Then I add whole large chickens as they are good value for a chunky bird which can be enjoyed for a couple of meals and then turned into good stock. They come with bits inside (in a bag) containing the liver, heart and something else I don’t want to know about. Then I prioritise chicken carcasses (about £1 each, great for bulking up stock and with a little bit of meat on for soup etc. Pigs trotters (once again for gelatinous stock) and finally chicken feet. Sometimes these are a minimal cost, sometimes they are not listed and I just add a request for them in the notes. My orders have been the region of £100 but I feel as though I have a full freezer and reasonable value for money.
Pipers are so customer facing that it is easy to transition from supermarket to using them. However, once you have got the hang of this buying from the farmer business it is even better to try to find small local farmers near you. I love the beef from Rosewood Farm nearby us. I’m investigating other options for chicken and pork. Small farmers are nearly always too busy and struggle to make a living so go on…support them!