Calories on Menus is Madness

I really feel for all our chefs this week as they try and get their head around this proposed legislation.
Its unworkable in my view.  It will be grand for the large multiple restaurants/fast food outlets.  They know every day what portion size will be etc.

Can anyone tell me how it will work for the rest?!  Take our chickens for example, the average order we get from restaurants would be 10 whole chickens.  Our chefs then work their magic and turn these chickens into many different fabulous meals.  Guess what!  Not all those 10 chickens would be the same size, they would be close in size but not the same (funny that).

So how in the name of all that is good will they be able to calculate the calorie count on each dish, as one chicken filet or drum stick will be a different weight from the next, it just wont work!

All they will be able to give is a indication on the menu, but is that what the customer really wants?

Plus gone will be the days of restaurants availing of an abundance of stock on a seasonal basis to drum up a magical dishes.  Why would they bother when this extra layer of hassle will be put on them?

I hope common sense will prevail on this, or else I will have to have a chat to our chickens and kindly ask them to all end up the same size on the day we get them ready for processing.

Your Christmas Order - Collection & Delivery details

If you ordered your Christmas Turkey or Goose from us, or your Ham and Salmon from our friends at Castlemine Farm and Kinvara Smoked Salmon through us, THANK YOU.
We grew our numbers a little this year and once again we are SOLD OUT - we know most of these new sales come from word of mouth (in fact, we didn't advertise at all, so it had to have been!), so we thank you for that also.
Christmas is a vital part of our farm business and your custom means a lot to us.

Things have been hectic on the farm over the past few days and weeks, and we'll be working at a frenetic pace up to late Tuesday evening to get all the orders prepped, sorted and distributed. But we hope our efforts to produce top quality meat the right way, help make your Christmas that bit more special.

We are looking forward to meeting you all over the coming days when you collect your order.
Below is a reminder of the collection point details (and links to maps) and a note re Dublin Home Deliveries.
As you can imagine, the phones can be very busy at this time of year and everyone on the farm is flat out processing and sorting orders, so if you have any queries, please do check the website for information before contacting us.

I want to take this opportunity to wish all our customers are very Happy Christmas.
We take a little break in January (we think we deserve it!!) but we hope to see you back at our Pop-Up Farm shop in Galway, Moycullen, Loughrea & Oranmore early in the New Year.

Best wishes
from Ronan and all the team (which is pretty much everyone I can grab hold of at this time of year)

  • GALWAY CITY: Galway City Market, St Nicholas Cathedral - Monday 22 of December, 9am-5pm 
  • ATHENRY: On the Farm, Knockbrack, Athenry - Tuesday 23 December, 9am-5pm (please note the farm will be closed on Christmas Eve, so you must pick up your order on the 23rd. Thanks).
  • CASTLEKNOCK/N3/M50 DUBLIN: **Beechpark Avenue,Castleknock, Dublin 15 (Just off M50/N2 Jctn) - Tuesday 23rd, 1-5pm
**Conveniently located just off the intersection of M50 & N3 Navan Road, Dublin collections are from David Quigley Motors/Kelly Auto Yard on Beechpark Ave, Castleknock, Dublin 15.

Total price for your order will be calculated based on final weights received. 

Home deliveries will be taking place on Monday 22nd and in the morning on Tuesday 23rd.
We are currently sorting all delivery orders and mapping the route. 
All home delivery customers will be contacted by phone Saturday evening or Sunday morning to confirm delivery day and approximate time. You will also be given the final price for your order, plus €7 delivery charage, and can pay by card in advance over the phone if you choose.
You must be at home to receive your delivery. 

Our Turkey goes 5 star... & Still time left to Order

On the Menu at the Merrion

(7 days left to Order your bird, but hurry we are close to selling out)

We've been thinking about Christmas for quite a while around here (after all our birds need to be on the farm at least 6 months in advance of the big day) and Ed Cooney, Executive Chef of the 5 star Merrion Hotel in Dublin is no different. Christmas, and Thanksgiving, are a big deal at the Merrion Hotel and Ed takes planning his Christmas menu very seriously. Which is why we've been planning with him since early June and are proud as punch that every single Turkey served at the Merrion this year will be a Friendly Farmer Bronze Turkey, pasture raised on the fields of Athenry.
Our Turkeys winged their way to Dublin last week to be served on the menu for US Thanksgiving (27 November) and will be on the menu right through to the New Year.

And the Friendly Farmer pasture chicken now features on the Merrion menu on a weekly basis, with our ducks making some guest appearances too. We are delighted to be working with Ed and his fantastic team at the Merrion. Chefs like these are lifeblood of our farm business.

Don't forget to put your order in soon and make sure one of our Pasture reared Bronze Turkeys or Goose is on your Christmas dinner table too. We're selling faster than ever this year (and if we say that every year, it is because the orders really do come in earlier and faster every year).


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