Drewton’s Farm Shop sees a surge in demand for its Yorkshire meat


Published: 14/02/2013

Drewton’s Farm Shop near South Cave has seen a surge in demand for meat from its in-house Butcher department in the wake of the national scandal surrounding the discovery of horse meat in beef products on sale in some supermarkets.


All of the meat on offer at the popular farm shop is sourced from Yorkshire farms and is butchered in-house by John Lund, the head butcher, and his team. Katie Taylor, who owns and runs Drewton’s Farm Shop, has even produced a ‘Food Map of Yorkshire’ showing customers exactly where the network of around 250 farmers, growers and suppliers who supply the shop are based. She regularly holds ‘meet the supplier’ events and is also working on a series of ‘story boards’, which will soon go on display in the shop to give customers a further insight into the provenance of the goods they’re buying.


Katie’s local meat suppliers include John Penny, who supplies high quality beef and lamb from Yorkshire farms; Bishop Burton College, which also supplies lamb; Anna’s Happy Trotters, which supplies pork; Yorkshire Game, which supplies venison and other game; Yorkshire Ducks and Geese; T. Soanes, which supplies chicken; Go Pukka, which supplies buffalo; V. L. Rookes, which supplies ham; and John Wright Turkeys. Pheasant and partridge comes from The Drewton Estate, where the farm shop is located. You can’t get more local than that!


Katie said: “We’re extremely proud of the fact that all of our meat comes from Yorkshire farmers and suppliers. Our sausages, burgers and range of ready meals are all made on site, so customers can rest assured that if they buy from us they’ll only ever be eating the very highest quality, high welfare, locally-sourced meat.


“I think that, in response to the shocking stories we’re seeing in the news on a daily basis, people are seeking assurances about the origins of the meat they’re buying. We’ve seen a 25 per cent increase in butchery sales since the horsemeat scandal hit the headlines. I’m pleased to confirm that you certainly won’t find any nasty surprises lurking in our pies, sausages or ready meals! I think customers are aware of this and are now being much more careful about where they buy their meat from.”


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