Beef from Highgrove comes to Borough Market

The marbling and flavour of this beef is of the highest order stemming from a combination of leading genetics and the slow growing, organic grass fed regime followed by the Duchy Home Farm.

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In December 2017, six months on from the terrorist attacks at the Market, Their Royal Highnesses, The Prince of Wales and The Duchess of Cornwall visited Borough Market. The Prince has been a fairly frequent visitor to Borough. He stopped on this occasion to talk with family farmers Jan McCourt of Northfield Farm and his two sons, Leo & Dominic before proceeding to attend a small and very moving private memorial service at Southwark Cathedral.

It is no secret that the Prince has a passion for farming and agriculture. He is especially interested in British rare breeds, being patron of the Rare Breeds Survival Trust. He rears pedigree British White and Gloucester cattle alongside his fine herds of pedigree Aberdeen Angus and Ayrshires at his organic farm on the Highgrove estate in Gloucestershire.

 

HRH laughing with Jan

Following this latest of several conversations between Jan McCourt and the Prince, a dialogue started between Jan and David Wilson, the Prince’s farm manager. We are thrilled that Northfield Farm will have our first carcase of pedigree beef from Duchy Home Farm, Highgrove on sale this week at its stall at Borough Market. The marbling and flavour of this beef is of the highest order stemming from a combination of leading genetics and the slow growing, organic grass fed regime followed by the Duchy Home Farm.

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Contact Dominic McCourt should you wish to reserve some of this fantastic beef, but hurry as it is likely to sell very quickly indeed.

dom@northfieldfarm.com – for Borough Market enquiries

www.northfieldfarm.com

jan@northfieldfarm.com – 07712817097 for general enquiries

Northfield Farm Vintage, Classic & Interesting Car & Bike Meet

I love cars, old cars that is. With a few exceptions, modern cars do nothing for me. They are mainly designed by committee, computer or focus group. Older cars have grace, beauty, quirky ugliness, individuality, seductive faults and personality that are all lacking in most modern vehicles. Well they don’t all have all of those qualities, but go back only twenty years or so and byond and generally you will find at least some of them.

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1930’s Racing glamour visits Northfield Farm

I remember my Father’s passion for cars. Huge, cavernous Austin Princesses used to drive brides to their weddings and collect movie stars from airports. Big black Ford Zodiacs, the earlier ones soft and rounded at the edges, later, I still have its number plate, sharper, more American in styling with aggressive fins, like upturned knives running forever back alongside the enormous boot so big that my brother and I used to lay out a picnic in it. They were all female, these cars, described as ‘she’, as was the way back then, a way that seems so old-fashioned, even patronising now.

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1970 Camaro 35 yrs in the same ownership

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What I marvel at is that those childhood memories were of a time when the motor car had only really been accessible to the masses for such a short time, maybe thirty years or so. Even now, thirty years further on, the motor car has only really been around for the briefest moment in time, and may not, in comparative historical terms be around for that much longer.
I attended the fiftieth anniversary of the launch of the P6 Rover at the glorious Waddesdon Manor a few weeks ago. The sight of a hundred and fifty or so gleaming examples of these cars that were so cutting edge in the earliest years of my childhood was unnerving in a way, as was the passion and intensity of the interest present in their owners. These people are the curators of one small part of our heritage, and on a larger scale the people who came here to Northfield Farm on Wednesday 4th September share that same role, just with a much morediverse collection of vehicles harking back to the early 1930’s.

 

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The best known car & bike meet for miles around was held on the second Tuesday of the month in the tiny Leicestershire village of Ashby Folville. Running for many years, this event attracted thousands of people on Sunny afternoons and evenings. I started going a few times a year and marvelled that so many people could gather so calmly and with so little trouble. Sadly the behaviour of a minority of drivers has now led to the decision to cease holding the event, as reported on in the following article in the Melton Times:
http://www.meltontimes.co.uk/news/local/popular-car-meet-scrapped-1-5454997

The demise of the Ashby Folville event was the main topic of conversation among the enthusiasts who attended Northfield’s event on Wednesday. All felt that it is sad that the behaviour of a small minority should stop an event which had such a long and positive history and contributed so much to the activity and economy of local rural life.
Northfield will continue to hold a meet on the first Weds of the month, the next one being 2nd October 2013 from 17-00hrs.

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