6 ISSUES FOR £6 Subscribe to Kent Life today CLICK HERE

Kent Farmers' Markets: Beefing it up

PUBLISHED: 15:39 29 September 2011 | UPDATED: 20:04 20 February 2013

Kent Farmers' Markets: Beefing it up

Kent Farmers' Markets: Beefing it up

We all have visions of an idyllic rural landscape in which cows are cared for ethically and left to graze free range. Well, three of Kent's beef farmers have made this a reality rather than a rural myth.

We all have visions of an idyllic rural landscape in which cows are cared for ethically and left to graze free range. Well, three of Kents beef farmers have made this a reality rather than a rural myth.


Ben Garratt and Hilary Jones came to Burscombe Cliff Organic Farm in Egerton 24 years ago, determined to be organic. It took two years to convert the farm and Burscombe now has a herd of 15 Sussex cattle, which are occasionally cross-bred with a Blonde.


Ben says: Sussex cows are well suited to organic management as they dont require a lot of concentrates such as corn to get them to the ideal weight. The herd feeds entirely on fresh grass and only reverts to grass silage in winter.


Ben is particularly keen to sell his prime free-range beef at Farmers Markets: Our free-range beef is never pre-frozen and is often cheaper than similar products in supermarkets despite the common misconception that Farmers Markets are more expensive, he says.


Farmer Palmer Products, run by Graham and Miranda Palmer, is a Produced in Kent member and dedicated to bringing fresh, local, tasty and competitively priced beef to market. They have 25 Aberdeen Angus beef cows producing 25 calves a year which are single suckled and exclusively forage fed with grass produced under the Countryside Stewardship Scheme.


Farmer Palmer has a high animal welfare policy, is registered with Farm Assured British Beef and Lamb and believes in raising happy, healthy animals grazing on pasture of diverse indigenous grasses and herbs, which helps produce meat of unrivalled flavour.


The couple are also committed to the Farmers Markets. To be able to sell a product direct to a customer who appreciates quality at a reasonable price is great. We can talk honestly about the product knowing that we have worked hard to achieve consistency and quality throughout production and rearing.


Penshurst Beef, run by the Frederick family, has been breeding South Devon beef cows for 15 years. The cows graze in the fields in summer and are fed home-produced hay and straw at Coldharbour Farm, Penshurst in the winter. They have 24 breeding cows and their calves, plus a South Devon bull.


The cows are slaughtered and butchered locally, and the meat is hung for three weeks to enhance the texture and flavour. Simon loves the local Farmers Markets. They create good relations between customers and farmer and are an opportunity to sell directly.

NEXT MONTH: Game

More from Food & Drink

Thu, 16:18

Join the micropub revolution! This unique style of small, one-room pubs was born in Kent and has caught on with micropubs appearing all over the country. We have selected 12 of the best in Kent for you to visit

Read more

With a fabulous setting in the heart of the city, ABode Canterbury is not only a great place to stay but offers a fantastic dining experience too

Read more
February 2019
Mon, 13:26

Whether you want slow cooked pulled pork, huge steaks or some surf and turf, we’ve got the meat-heavy restaurants in Kent that you need to visit

Read more
Tuesday, February 5, 2019

Cute dogs and beer – do you need anything else? We pick 10 of the best dog-friendly pubs to bring your pooch

Read more
Tuesday, January 29, 2019

From gin-inspired affairs to chocolate-themed events, there is something to suit even the most discerning customer searching for an afternoon tea to remember

Read more
Wednesday, January 16, 2019

Enjoy a delicious lunch or a few cosy drinks after one of these countryside strolls. Here are five great pub walks in Kent

Read more
Tuesday, January 15, 2019

William Boscawen on why he’s loving making the world’s oldest alcoholic drink

Read more
January 2019

Winner of Kent Life’s Restaurant of the Year 2018, family run The West House in Biddenden has now extended its charms with the addition of four guest rooms

Read more
January 2019
Monday, December 17, 2018

We have selected five festive fizz cocktails from Stuart Ovenden’s The Orchard Cook Book

Read more
Monday, December 10, 2018

Andy has a confession: he loves the side dishes almost more than he loves the roast turkey. Here are three of his all-time favourites

Read more
December 2018

Newsletter Sign Up

Sign up to the following newsletters:

Sign up to receive our regular email newsletter

Our Privacy Policy

Topics of Interest

Food and Drink Directory
Kent Life Food & Drink awards 2016. Open for entries.

Subscribe or buy a mag today


subscription ad


Follow us on Twitter


Like us on Facebook


Local Business Directory

Search For a Car In Your Area

Property Search

Most Read

Latest from the Kent Life