We have received some wonderful compliments from our clients, and a few strange ones too, some of which are below. The best compliment we get occurs when someone refers their friend to us. We are always delighted and humbled when this happens, as there is no greater demonstration of trust and faith in the integrity of our product.
BEEF"Best beef I put me lips to in Australia! The Porterhouse were beaut, perfect size and thickness - now we
can't decide what to try next!" G.R. Canberra.
"While I was down with my parents in Wollongong at the weekend, we enjoyed some fabulous steak, courtesy of Mountain Creek Farm. You have some very satisfied customers!" K.A. Canberra
"Your meat is beautiful and I've passed on your details to friends" B.D. Canberra
"Your steak is some of the best I've ever had. I'll even say it's the very best - if you pay me." C.D. Canberra
"I cooked the top side roast last night and it was just beautiful, thank you. We are really enjoying the quality of the meat and especially appreciate how lean it is" E.T. Canberra
"My father grew up on a farm and loved your beef, he said he hadn't had steak this good for over 40 years." J.D. Yass
"Your mince is very different to cook with, there's a lot less fat in the pan and it's more filling." N. G. Canberra
"We love your Osso Bucco, it's the best!" Biased personal friends from Sydney.
"Your meat does't shrink when we cook it, why is that?" This is a fairly common compliment and is due to a combination of factors; the animals are grass fed and the meat is hung much longer (see Archive, Fresh is Best?)
"The mince is too lean" And this was meant as a genuine criticism. What can I say?
Another person recently found our sausages "too meaty". It was hard to keep a straight face when told this. It never occured to me that people would actually miss the plastic encased, artificially flavoured and preserved sawdust that is sold by others as sausage.
PORKSome unbiased feedback on our pork is below. We have tried several cuts and liked it immensely, but we are definitely biased. We also gave some to friends, and they liked it too. Perhaps their judgement is suspect as well?
We did notice that compared to the factory farmed pork, our 'free rangers' produce a darker meat, with more flavour, and a little more fat. The fat is firmer than conventional pork and not as white. An educated guess says this colour difference, in both the meat and fat, is due to the pigs being on pasture. When free range, the pigs eat large amounts of natural vitamins and minerals (particularly beta carotene) found in plants, soil and roots. The fresh air, sunshine, comfortable and low stress environment may have something to do with it too.
"Best pork we've had, we really can't remember having had better, simply superb!" L.G. and A.G. Canberra
"The meat is dark, tender and full of flavour. I really liked it and will certainly buy more." A.P. Queanbeyan
"Your pork is fantastic! We loved it!" P.J. and A.M. Canberra
"I mixed your pork mince with your beef mince in the bolognese. Best I've ever made!" C.M. Canberra
"It was great, the roast cooked well, had great flavour - best crackling we've had in ages." Neighbours
"Just wanted to give you some feedback. We are really happy with the meat we got from you. The pork especially is divine. The taste! Its great. We will definitely be back for more. Thanks so much." J.A. Canberra - I think?
"I had gone off pork, but since I've tried yours I'll be back for more." MT Canberra
The best compliment we get is from our repeat buyers, these people know quality when they cook and taste it. This is why there is usually a wait for our Wessex Saddleback rare breed pork, but thankfully our customers will wait for quality.
LAMBAll I can say about the lamb is that there is a waiting list of repeat buyers for each group we take to the abbatoir. The last time we had some available, it was all pre sold. Comments like 'sweet, tender, succulent, full flavoured' are regularly forthcoming and unsolicited. A few of our regular beef and pork buyers say it's the best there is, but these people are fast becoming friends, so they are probably biased.
EGGS"What have you done? We can't buy the supermarket eggs anymore. Our children object to them, they only want yours!" Neighbours
"We hang out for your eggs" P.H. Sydney
"Your eggs are wonderful, my cakes have never been better." J.M. Canberra
"Love your honey and eggs, more please." The usual suspects.
"I can't buy other eggs, even free range ones, after tasting yours" K.A. Canberra
"We tried your eggs, we're converts!" Sunday market customers.
"I don't like the red bit I find in some eggs. What is it?" After an explaination of the facts of life. "Yuk, I won't buy them again". To quote N. Kelly, "Such is life".
HONEY"I'm rationing out your honey and hiding it from my husband." J.H. Canberra
"Your honey tastes fantastic, can we have some more please." This is a very common response from our clients.
"your honey is great, what makes it different?" Another common response. See Honey under Products.
"It tastes great, a real treat!" as yet unidentified repeat buyer from the farmers markets.
Several retired commercial and hobby bee keepers regularly buy our honey. They know what happens to the commercial stuff, and they appreciate local varieties and quality.
Well, not really, we don't export. It's just that our well travelled clients have been talking about us when overseas. So we have had enquiries from distributors and wholesalers from; the United Arab Emirates, Texas (you would think they could produce a good beef steak), Singapore, Hong Kong, Japan, Germany, France, Canada, and even Tasmania!
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