Christmas dinner is the most important meal of the year for many of us, and it deserves the best ingredients: like free-range, hand-reared turkey from Bramble Farm near West Horsley, Surrey.
Now in their third generation of farming, the Joy family has been farming poultry since 1930, with the business handed down from grandfather Frank to his son Derek, and now in the hands of Derek's son Adrian. The family prides itself on rearing its turkeys in the traditional way: allowing the birds to mature slowly from day-old chicks to develop the best possible flavour.
At the family farm near West Horsley, the turkeys roam the fields in the open air from around seven to eight weeks old, are free to forage for grubs and nettles and fed on a special GM-free feed of natural cereals, vegetable protein and minerals.
Bramble Farm caters not only for Christmas, but also the traditional American turkey feast of Thanksgiving in November. Ordering is a simple phone call or email to the farm, and don't worry if you're not sure how much you need: Adrian and his team are always on hand with plenty of advice and tips.
As well as selling turkeys directly to the public from the farm gate, the Joy family has been the trusted supplier to many farm shops, butchers and delis across Surrey, London and beyond for years. If you are interesting in stocking Bramble Farm turkeys at Christmas, get in touch with Adrian to find out more.
Local Food Surrey says
This family business has flourished over more than eight decades by sticking to what they're really good at: rearing wonderful, flavoursome turkeys for the most eagerly-anticipated meal of the year.
A slow-grown, free-range turkey is a world away from a bland battery-farmed bird, and we know what we'd rather find on the Christmas table!
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