The NATIVE FARMER
Offering native British meat
- OUR STORY -
The Native Butcher was concocted by Richard Barter & Tara Vaughan when after many conversations about farming, food and health, a common theme became apparent ‘Respect’.
Respect for livestock they rear, respect for the environment we all share and respect for ourselves.
We believe that by rearing the traditional breeds in a traditional manner we can produce the best quality meat possible in a sustainable, affordable environmentally friendly and above all respectful way.
Produce and Eat the Best Quality Meat
We believe that the ingredients you use are everything. Good quality ingredients are fundamental to a good quality meal, from both a flavour and health point of view. For us, producing high-quality meat is about the flavour and the health benefits.
We have always believed that nature is never wrong and farming traditionally produces healthier food from happier animals within a sound ecological system so it goes without saying that the quality of everything we produce is paramount. We have consciously structured our business to remain small so that we are in complete control of everything that leaves the farm and the butchery. Our reputation is represented in every piece of meat that goes out of the door and onto your plate. Above all, we believe that when people eat natural food, they can taste the difference. It’s a chain of goodness that begins with healthy soil, and finishes with healthy animals and people.
Zero Food Waste
We do not waste a scrap of food.
Making a few small changes can have a huge impact on the amount of waste we produce. We compost, reuse and recycle at every opportunity and value the true cost of real food, hence why we started the kitchen, we can now turn any by-product into a healthy meal. We work hard to be a sustainable farm, butchers and kitchen.
Myths Around Fat
It is a common misconception that fat is bad for your health. Today a lot of research has been done and doctors and nutritionists are finally starting to promote fat again. In fact most REAL healthy traditional fat is good for you.
There is an unproven hypothesis that states:
A. Saturated fat raises cholesterol
B. Higher cholesterol causes heart disease
C. Saturated fat causes heart disease.
Short term there is a modest increase in cholesterol when you eat saturated fat. However, over the long term, saturated fat has not been shown to raise cholesterol levels by any large degree for the majority of people.
Local is Best
Whenever possible we choose local, endeavouring to reduce transport cost and emissions as much as possible. Our aim is to have minimal impact on the environment and working with local businesses is one way we can achieve this.
This is the real win of keeping traditional breeds. They thrive on the old pastures and meadow land and because we extensively graze them, we can farm with a really low impact on the environment. This also means that they eat an amazingly diverse range of grasses, flora and fauna producing beautifully flavoured meat. The environment in which our animals live and the food they eat play big roles in the flavour and nutritional quality. We farm to increase bio-diversity and regenerate the land, we want to have a positive impact on the British countryside.
It’s All About Nature
It's not just about our farm or the animals on it. Many people forget that there is a whole world of insects, spiders, worms, birds and bees and they perform vital roles such as pollination of crops and wildflowers, pest control and nutrient recycling.
It is our goal to keep the balance between farming and nature.
The Benefits of Eating Grass Fed Meat
100% grass-fed meat ensures the greatest nutrition for you, free from chemicals and growth hormones, we will only use antibiotics when an animal is sick and a homeopathic way hasn't worked, it is a last resort. Consuming 100% grass fed meat is one of the best ways to prevent disease, improve brain function and lose weight.
100% grass-fed meat produces that traditional flavour that is lost from mass produced meat.
We try to avoid plastic as best we can, instead we source recyclable, reusable or compostable packaging where possible. We prefer to display our food in its natural state and have always chosen to give our customers paper rather than plastic carrier bags. We encourage you to bring your own bag for life.