Swillington’s organic fruit and veg has been shortlisted for a Taste Award!


This year our organic produce has been shortlisted again at the Taste Awards, hosted by Deliciouslyorkshire and the Yorkshire Post.

The Taste Awards are an annual celebration of local Yorkshire produce, with 22 different award categories recognising the very best food and drink from across the county.

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We love seeing all the exciting different ways our meatbox customers use their deliveries, and with so many of you getting creative in the kitchen we’ve decided to turn it into a regular feature!

In the spirit of sharing all things delicious, we’ll be featuring a selection of monthly Meatbox Masterchefs on our blog to share some of the fantastic ways you’ve been serving up our organic meat and veg. Continue reading →

Organic September is upon us and you’re thinking about trying organic food for yourself, and maybe even growing a little of your own. But what is organic farming, and why should you choose to buy organic produce? We’ve come up with five reasons why organic is… well, better.

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We now stock Northern Bloc’s amazing Ice Cream, made right here in Leeds using local milk.  Northern Bloc have created traditional flavours whilst adding a modernising twist, but always staying true to the principle of using only the best natural ingredients and nothing artificial.

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A Yorkshire farm and meat producer are inviting visitors onto their West Yorkshire farm to learn more about where their Christmas geese and turkeys come from.

Swillington Organic Farm are inviting their customers to their MeatUp event Saturday 28th November at 1 pm where they can take a short farm walk and see the birds.

Completely free-range and free to forage in organic woodland, the birds, which are a sell-out year on year, are reared organically and fed on a natural diet. The Norfolk Black and Bronze heritage breeds give a traditional flavour and take 6 months to be reared from farm to fork.

Swillington work hard to ensure their animals are raised to the highest standards of animal welfare. This in turn helps to guarantee customers receive only the best quality meat, and their turkeys are a perfect example of that philosophy.

Farmer Ed Cartwright explains; “It takes us two weeks to slaughter, pluck and hand prepare our turkeys for Christmas, the same amount of birds would be processed in just two minutes in a factory. Our small scale reduces stress and means we can traditionally dry pluck by hand and hang each bird for three weeks for an unbeatable flavour.”

“Being the headline act in arguably the most important meal of the year, the turkey really is the crowning glory of the dinner table at Christmas, so why on earth would you settle for anything other than an organically produced Yorkshire bird?”

Looking after the birds is no easy task. Being completely free range, the birds can roam the woodland throughout the day before being rounded up into the barn in the evening. Exhausting for the team, but it’s what they believe gives the turkeys the best quality of life compared to an indoor intensive system.

Whilst the farming methods may be traditional, online ordering and nationwide home delivery prove that Swillington have found the perfect mix between heritage, tradition and modern retail.

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It’s Organic September, our favourite month of the year. It’s the month in which we celebrate all that is organic and for us that means pretty much everything!

Even the produce we source from our suppliers is organic wherever possible and so we thought we would tell you about one of them.

With milk suppliers in the news at the moment we thought we’d introduce to you, Acorn Dairy.

Acorn Dairy produce fresh organic milk and cream from herds in the Yorkshire and Durham Dales which is available to buy in our farm shop or delivered with your meatbox – what a treat!


Buying from a local dairy means the producer gets a fair price and as it’s organic you’re guaranteed that the cows are kept to high standards of animal welfare and are grass fed without any routine use of antibiotics which is better for you too. So everyone wins!

As no artificial, chemical fertilisers or herbicides are used on their pastures it’s also better for the environment and wildlife so what’s not to love?

And what’s more, much like our monthly meatups on the farm, you can visit Acorn Dairy at one of their open days this month.

Check out their website for more information on their evening walks and pop down and meet the herd.