Please note that Pannage Pork will be ready around the end of November, but pre-order is essential as quantities are limited!
Pannage season starts on September 11th this year, with a healthy crop of acorns already starting to fall. The quality of the pork should be superb.
Lee’s drove of Gloucester Old Spot, Saddleback & Large White pigs will shortly be roaming throughout the woods, pastures, and bogs of the New Forest. They are out in force to snuffle up the acorns and beech mast from the forest floor during pannage. They are free to return to Lee’s farm at night for shelter & warmth if they choose to, but if they find a particularly good acorn crop, they will camp out for the night.
Pannage is the practice of turning out domestic pigs in a wood or forest in order to feed on fallen acorns, beech mast, chestnuts or other nuts. It is an historical right going back to William the Conqueror granted to local people on common land. Pannage is still an important part of the New Forest’s ecology: pigs can safely eat acorns as a large part of their diet, whereas excessive amounts are poisonous to the ponies and cattle. As a result, many New Forest beef farmers use the pigs to keep their cattle safe.
The end result is pork that tastes as it would have done 300 years ago – fattened on a nutty diet in the most beautiful setting of mature woodland. This year the pork will be ready around the end of November from Stansted Park Farm Shop.
We are taking pre-orders of pannage pork boxes on a first-come, first-serve basis and you must be able to collect or take delivery of your pannage pork at the end of November as we will not have storage capacity at the shop.
Your pork will be vacuum packed, weighed, and labelled – ideal for the freezer – and can be sent by overnight courier throughout the UK.
This year we are working in conjunction with Capreolus Fine Foods who are taking the majority of our leg joints to make into air-dried pannage ham. As a result, the pork boxes will not have a leg joint, but do have an extra pork chop and a larger shoulder joint this year.
A quarter box has the following cuts in approximate weights:
- 1 x (1.75kg) shoulder Joint
- 4 x pork chops
- 600g belly
- 500g mince
- 500g diced
- 1 pack of sausages
The half box contains
- 2 x 1.75kg or 1 x 3.5kg Shoulder Joint
- 8 pork chops
- 1kg belly
- 1 ham hock
- 1kg mince
- 1kg diced
- 2 pack of sausages
Full Box – a total of 20kg of pannage pork, cut to your requirements. You can request whole leg for curing.
Half Side – unbutchered (can be broken down into shoulder / middle / leg) available at £10/50/kg. Please contact us directly to order…