Flying the flag for independent farmers
Blackacre, a family-run farm in North Cheriton, Somerset, is has launched Rambling Free, a new brand of premium quality hens’ eggs which supports independent producers. Even with a growing demand for free-range eggs in the UK and continuing pressure from supermarkets driving down the average price of eggs, Blackacre Farm remains committed to traditional methods.
Small flocks of hens are free to roam on luscious pastures throughout the day, soaking up the benefit of those all-important daylight hours. At night, the hens sleep in single-tier sheds like all of the birds on the family-run farm in North Cheriton, Somerset, as owners Dan and Briony Wood proudly keep up with consumer demand, without employing a multi-tier shed system.
With transparency and provenance becoming an factor of growing importance, each egg is stamped so that they can be traced back to their origin online.
“The popularity of free-range eggs is on the rise, but through our own experiences and the work we do with other local farms, we are convinced that consumer demand can be met without compromising on our principles. We hope that our award-winning eggs will inspire other independent farmers to stay true to their traditional methods and join forces if need be, to maintain a strong place in the market and most importantly deliver eggs of the same high standard.”
Rambling Free hens’ eggs are available from Selfridges, Bayley and Sage and other good independent delis, farm shops and grocery stores in the UK.