Organic, free range and delicious achieved by supporting local farms across the North West.
Local organic food can be quite difficult to find in Liverpool, especially if you lead a busy 9-5 working life. Health is one of the most important things in life, so eating a diet high in organic and free range food, full of vitamins and minerals, for me is essential. There have been many medical cases of people overcoming illness by switching to a super healthy and sometimes vegan lifestyle, such as Deliciously Ella, who is now a health icon for those fighting pain, illness and disease with a diet rich in fruit and fibre.
Following in her footsteps, I try my best to source local and organic produce from farms and delis across the North West. Often, there is a misconception that eating this way can be extremely expensive, especially if you are on a tight budget, but I have found that by planning out meals and switching meat for vegetable alternatives you can easily afford to eat well and still stick to your individual weekly food budget.
Lydiate Hall Farm
This week, I needed to pick up some fresh and organic fruit, so I headed down to one of my favourite local farms, Lydiate Hall Farm. In my family, this beautiful farm is better known as Peacock Farm, thanks to their flock of gorgeous peacocks, that gracefully wander around as you admire the surroundings, have a slice of cake at their onsite cafe or pick up a wide range of locally produced food and preserves.
Lydiate Hall Farm dates back to the 16th century and still hosts some historic remains of the original hall and private chapel. It is now part of a conservation area, along with the nearby Scotch Piper Inn, popular amongst local bikers in the north.
I picked up a couple of bags of fresh fruit and I helped myself to the local free range duck eggs, which are perfect for a lazy Sunday morning brunch. I would recommend poaching in hot salted water, and layering it on top of a slice of avocado toast, with a sprinkle of paprika for an extra kick.
Acorn Farm in Knowsley
I don’t know about you, but my mum has been looking around for a place to purchase hens for a while now and we’ve finally come across Acorn Farm in Knowsley. Here, you can by both free range eggs as well as laying hens from £15, so that you can enjoy fresh free range eggs whenever you want.
This farm is a brilliant place to spend the weekend with young kids, as it has a variety of animals such as goats, chickens, sheep and even meerkats that you can feed and pet, as well as a big play area, a woodland walk and the opportunity to take the little ones on weekend horse riding lessons.
Acorn Farm also produces free range beef, pork and lamb which is sold cut, packed and frozen in the farm shop. It also comes with a guarantee that it has been raised to the highest standard of animal welfare, which is rare and for foodies like me, you’ll really appreciate knowing exactly where your meat has come from and the quality of it.
Their goat’s milk ice cream really caught my eye and I decided to indulge in a couple of their delicious and creamy desserts, Tuti Fruiti and Butterscotch. They certainly didn’t disappoint.
Organic and local produce not only adds to your well-being and health but it helps support local farmers and businesses so I would encourage anyone who can to check out both Lydiate Hall Farm and Acorn Farm in Knowsley. If you know of any farms or local delis that you think deserve to be recommended by Unlock Liverpool, please let me know by tweeting @unlock_liverpool.