National Butchers Week 11th – 17th MarCH
The 11th – 17th March is National Butchers Week – a great opportunity to celebrate the hard work of our highly-skilled butchers here in the UK. Unfortunately, most people now shop at large supermarkets (because they can get everything under one roof) rather than use local butchery’s and farm shops. Supermarkets have removed the need for customer interaction with butcher’s, as everything is available pre-packaged and ready to go off the shelf. However, in recent years there has been a gradual increase in awareness of food provenance, and customers seeking trust and transparency with what they’re buying. This is where supermarkets will never be able to compete with our beloved butchers. A butcher can advise you on the best cut of meat to suit your budget, and you know exactly where your meat is coming from. Yes, sometimes supermarkets can beat butchers on price (depending on cut) – but the true cost of cheap meat has been exposed many times in recent years. When you buy from your local butchery you’re getting better quality and you’re supporting local farmers and communities. You’re also helping to support our vital eco-systems by enabling farmers to encourage bio-diversity in the pastures. Our butchers are an integral part of the farm to table movement. Show your support this week by choosing locally produced, premium-quality meat!
As part of National Butchers Week, we’re having a week of special offers on our delicious handmade sausages – featuring a different sausage every day:
Monday 11th – Honey Roast Pork Sausage
Tuesday 12th – Traditional Pork Sausage
Wednesday 13th – Pork & Leek
Thursday 14th – Garlic Pork Sausage
Friday 15th – Old English Sausage
Saturday 16th – Cracked Black Pepper Sausage
Sunday 18th – Lincolnshire Sausage
You can purchase in store or online!
Sausage, Bacon & Cauliflower Bake
- 6 x Lobbs Pork Sausages
- 4 x Slices Bacon
- 1 x Cauliflower (1/2 if it’s a very large cauliflower!)
- 2 x Leeks
- 1 x Onion
- 1 x Clove Garlic
- 1 x Tsp mixed herbs
- 6 Tbsp breadcrumbs (or you can use ready salted crisps, crushed)
- 1 Tbsp oil
- 30g mature cheddar
For the bechamel sauce (if you’re making your own):
- 60g butter
- 60g plain flour
- 600ml milk
- salt & pepper
- 1 tsp english mustard
Firstly, pre-heat the oven to 180.
Place the sausages on a baking tray.
Finely chop the onion and garlic.
Then, cut the bacon into strips.
Once the oven has heated up, put the sausages in for 25 mins.
Heat 1 tbsp of oil in a frying pan and place the onion, garlic & bacon in the pan and fry for 7 mins – stirring frequently. Take off the heat once cooked.
Next, wash the leeks & cauliflower and then chop into chunks ready for boiling.
Put the veg into a large saucepan with boiling water and boil for 10 mins (or until tender, but not too soft!).
Meanwhile, start making the bechamel sauce: click the link here for a video/instructions on how to make if you’d like to make your own. I always add 1 tsp of mustard too – gives it a lovely flavour!
Once the sausages are cooked, remove from the oven. Cut into chunks.
Place the sausages, bacon/onion/garlic & veg in to a medium baking dish and stir together – add a pinch of salt and pepper.
Once you’ve made the sauce, pour it over the ingredients in the baking dish (or if you’re using shop bought, pour straight from jar/packet).
Top with grated cheese & the breadcrumbs (or crushed ready salted crisps). Finish by sprinkling over some mixed herbs.
Place in the oven at 180 for 25 mins. Serve with a chunk of fresh bread or roast potatoes!
Ham, Brie & Cranberry Frittata
Christmas & New Year’s Eve may feel like a distant memory, but you probably have a lot of cheese and meat still lingering in your fridge/freezer! Therefore, why not make the most of those delicious left-overs! You could use any meat, but ham or bacon are best for this recipe.
100ml whole or semi-skimmed milk
1 Red/orange Pepper
1/2 Green Pepper
1 cup frozen peas
3 slices of cooked ham
4 Tbsp of cranberry sauce
1/2 tsp pepper
1/4 tsp salt
1 Tbsp dried mixed herbs
2 Tbsp oil
Pre-heat oven to 200 degrees (Fan ovens 180).
Chop the green & red pepper into thin slices.
Next, whisk the eggs, milk, salt, pepper, herbs & cranberry sauce in a large mixing bowl. Don’t worry about the lumps! You might need to use the back of a fork to break up the cranberry sauce in to the mixture.
Now, thinly slice the Brie. Then, chop the ham in to small chunks.
Grease a large flan dish or a large baking tin.
Give the egg mixture another whisk and then transfer to the dish. Scatter the peppers and peas in to the mixture.
Now add the ham.
Finally, carefully place the brie on top of the mixture and push down slightly. Sprinkle a little more dried herbs over the top.
Place the frittata in to the oven for 40 mins. If you poke a knife through the center, you will be able to tell if the egg is cooked or not. Sometimes just leaving to cool for 5 mins will set it.
Serve with salad and a nice dollop of chutney!Christmas Gift Guide
Looking for that last minute gift? Don’t worry – we’ve got it covered. I think we can all agree that the majority of people love food and drink. That’s why it makes the perfect Christmas gift. Have a read of our gift guide below. This is just a small selection of what we sell in the shop, so come and have a look to see more!
However, if you’re not sure about what to pick, then why not buy a Lobbs Farm Shop gift voucher instead – you can’t go wrong with a voucher! We sell meat vouchers or general gift vouchers.
If you’re looking for something a little more bespoke, then why not make up your own gift hamper. That way you can fill it with all of your loved ones favorites.
Gin has become very popular over the last couple of years – so many new flavours are being produced. If you’re looking for a gift for a gin-lover then you’re in luck! We sell a great range of locally produced gin – sloe gin, damson gin, rhubarb gin… the list goes on! We also sell two different Tarquin’s Gin gift sets.
If you know someone who likes vodka then why not buy them a bottle of Aval Dor Cornish Potato Vodka. It’s carefully produced from King Edward Potatoes grown on Colwith Family Farm – gorgeous bottles too. They also produce gin, too. As well as the full-size bottles, we also sell the miniatures, too. They’re ideal if you’re in need of stocking fillers – for adults, obviously!! If you’re looking for ‘a gift for him’ then perhaps one of the Ale or Cider gift sets would be just perfect! (pictured below).
Does your friend or loved one have a sweet tooth? We have some lovely locally produced chocolate, fudge and other sweet treats – bound to go down well with any chocoholic! There’s something very special about giving a gift which has been so carefully and lovingly produced. For example, Trenance chocolate – they hand-craft the most beautiful luxurious chocolates. Finished off with lovely packaging too. For something a little different, you could buy the Prosecco Sparkle All The Way gift set by Cottage Delight. Packaged in the shape of a Christmas cracker, including a prosseco & elderflower curd and a Raspberry and prosecco jam. Sounds divine!
What goes well with chocolate? Tea or coffee of course! Whether you know someone who’s a coffee addict or a tea connoisseur, we have a huge range of locally produced tea and coffee.
There’s always someone who dives straight for the cheeseboard on boxing day. Any avid cheese fan will love our selection of cheeses and chutneys. Why not buy your loved one a cheese platter or a chutney gift set? How cute is the watering can planter containing small jars of preserves! (pictured below).
Last day for receipt of mail orders
Sunday 9th December
Last day for despatching mail orders
Thursday, 13th December
Last day for delivery of mail orders
Friday, 14th December
Delivery should arrive by 12:00 midday but subject to traffic, weather & courier workload!
Local deliveries – please contact the office for further information.September Giveaway With Mevagissey Coffee
September Giveaway With Mevagissey Coffee
We have teamed up with Mevagissey Coffee to bring you a fantastic September giveaway. If you love coffee then this is the perfect giveaway for you! Mevagissey Coffee produce hand roasted coffee right here in Cornwall. They’re passionate about supplying fresh, premium-quality coffee to offer customers the best coffee-drinking experience possible! As soon as you open the bag, you’re hit with the most comforting and enticing smell of freshly roasted coffee beans – heavenly. The lucky winner of this giveaway will not only win two bags of coffee, they’ll also win two branded mugs and a cafetiere!
If you’d like to be in with the chance of winning then head over to our Facebook page. If you’d like an extra entry then share this blog post on your Facebook page! We will be announcing the winner on Friday 14th Sept. Best of luck! If you’d like to find out more about Mevagissey Coffee then have a browse on their website here.
SUMMER NEWSLETTER 2018
This is a summer to remember, its like 1976 except the dry weather has started earlier. The availability of water has been important for the animals and the lack of rain has significantly reduced the grass growth. The pastures have all turned brown and the grass is extremely dry, almost brittle to the touch.
Amazingly the cows with calves seem to be happy lying in the sun preserving their energy. I have noticed that the herd are now lying very close together literally head to tail alongside each other. This is a terrific way to reduce the numerous flies that are bothering the herd. The flies now have to risk the mass of swishing tails to get into the herd to be a nuisance.
The sheep have a different tactic to deal with the heat, they seek out the shade under the hedge or in the corner of the field where we have planted a few trees. The ewes are also restless as whenever we open a gate to enter the meadow the sheep look up interested to see if we are going to move them to fresh pastures. We do try to move the flocks every 5 days or so as it is good to reduce the build up of internal parasites. During a dry spell the grass becomes contaminated with the sheep’s urine and faeces as the rain has not washed and cleansed the grass so a fresh field is much healthier for the sheep.
The harvest has started the earliest we have ever known; the winter barley is all cut and in the store with the yields being about average. The winter barley straw has been abundant with a lovely golden colour and is valuable as a feed and for bedding.
The winter wheat harvest is now underway with a good yield and very little drying required as the crop is below 18 % moisture content. The wheat grains are small as a consequence of the dry June and July which will affect the feed value of the crop.
On the good side for us is the fact that the price of wheat has risen due to the extra demand created by the drought, many farmers are having to feed their cattle with extra cereal to replace the lack of grazing. Wheat is now trading at £170/ton compared to £130 in August 2017.
News from the shop
The hot weather has seen the butchery team making their popular BBQ meats, we have real beef burgers, tasty pork burgers and delightful lamb burgers available in the step deck.
The grill sticks are extremely popular with our customers at the moment. The Lamb flavours are Royal mint with Rosemary and Mediterranean herbs. The pork sticks are Greek passion or Lemon and ginger with chilli.
The delicatessen has a wide choice of pies and salads available for that perfect picnic on the beach. We also have a superb collection of Cornish cheeses alongside a few of the classic favourites like Cheddar, Gouda and Brie but all made in Cornwall. To accompany the tasty cheese’s, we have a huge selection of chutney one for every taste.
How about a pasty like your mum used to make, try our frozen premade pasties full of Lobbs own beef. There is a small pasty size in packs of 10 and individual medium size pasties, just pop them in the oven and no-one will know they’re not homemade.
To wash down your pasty, why not try the new range of ciders we’re stocking from Haywood Farm. I visited Haywood Farm in May and met Tom Bray who over the last 5 years has propagated and planted 14 acres of orchards. He has carefully selected apple tree varieties for their quality and suitability to the Cornish climate. This has been painstaking work and his orchards were in bloom when we visited and looked pristine. I tried the sweet and medium cider which were lovely and a cider that was blended with elderflower a novel combination which worked really well. It was a great visit with someone passionate about what he’s doing, like we are, about producing meat and vegetables from our farms. We’re stocking Haywood Farm Cider in the shop now, just in time for apple picking season.
Building work at Lobbs
We are in the process of making a few changes to the building which we hope will improve the premises and create easier access. We are creating a new entrance to the Countryside Barn providing access from the walkway.
The courtyard area in front of the shop will be covered in with a slate roof as the existing glass window ceiling has deteriated and requires replacing. The intention is to put in a few rooflights to provide daylight and new doors and porch for the main entrance.
Whilst the work is in progress the entrance adjacent to the delicatessen will be the main access point. The original plan was to complete this work during the winter unfortunately we have had delays to the project which has meant the work now has to be done during the summer.
Please do bear with us and our staff as we try to get through these hopefully short changes at Lobbs farm shop.
Lobbs farmshop website lobbsfarmshop.com
The website has also undergone a revamp and should now be compatible with mobile technology which more of us are using to purchase our everyday goods. Please do have a look and do try the site if that is your preferred route to quality Cornish food and drink.
Houston, We Have Lift Off!
Houston, we have lift off!
Hello! We can finally say “our website is now live” – boy, have we been waiting to say that. It’s been a long time coming, but hopefully it’s been worth the wait – we think it has and we hope you do too. We’re very excited to be moving forwards with this ever-evolving digital age! We hope that you like our new site and find it easy to navigate. If you have any queries or find any issues with using our new site then please do get in touch, but we’re pretty confident that you won’t need to!
Not only do we have a brand-spanking new website with lots of fresh and vibrant photography, but we also have a blog integrated within our site too. You can expect to see a variety of different blog posts, including recipes, farm updates, competitions/giveaways, Cornish lifestyle/local events and more of an insight to what the lovely people do who work in the butchery, deli, kitchen, storefront and out on the farm here at Lobbs.
We hope that this new site makes your online shopping experience a simple and easy process. We now have two local delivery zones where we operate a £5 delivery service to various postcode areas. On Tuesdays we deliver to PL24, PL25 and PL26. On Thursdays we deliver to TR2. To find out more about this service or our nationwide delivery service then please click here. If there’s a product you would like to order (which you know we sell) and it is not yet listed on the site, please get in touch. We will try our best to make sure we update our product catalogue as often as possible. We are tweaking the ordering process so that you’ll soon be able to order specific quantities rather than whole kilos. Not only will it be more convenient for you, it’ll also minimise waste!
If there’s anything you’re not sure about regarding weights or number of items per kilo etc, then don’t hesitate to get in touch. Not only can you do your weekly shop with us, but we sell a fab range of gift hampers which make the ultimate present for a loved one. Make sure you keep your eyes peeled for offers, competitions and exciting new ventures…