If you buy locally from traders who know their sources, or direct from the farm, you can be much more confident that you know what meat you are buying and know what’s in the sausages, pies and other processed food on your shopping list too.
Not all farms have their own shop for buyers, but there are producers and retailers of locally reared poultry, meat and meat products (sausages, bacon, pies, cooked meats) who you can buy from either online, at local farmers’ markets, or in Congleton itself. Have a look at the meat map for more info.
Congleton Market runs every Tues and Sat. Ask the stall holders where their produce has come from.
Local butchers are Egerton-Brooks (ex Parry’s) and Ray Moss (both in the town centre), and Barker’s in Buglawton.
Holford Farm, Wallhill Lane, Brownlow, Congleton, CW12 4TD, raises Sussex cattle for beef and you can buy direct from the farm on Saturdays (phone first at other times) and also at Rode Hall and Sandbach farmers’ markets.
Rode Hall Farmers’ Market is held 11 times a year, on the 1st Saturday of every month except January, from 9.00am until 1.30pm. We usually cycle there with the Congleton Cycling Campaign but there is also one public transport option from Congleton ie the 315 bus to either Scholar Green or Rode Heath, but be prepared for a walk at the end. If you get off the bus at the Co-op in Scholar Green, there’s a pleasant walk along a pavement in Church Lane to the entrance to the hall. If you stay on the bus for about 30 mins until it gets to Rode Heath, and then get off at the corner of Sandbach Rd and Knutsford Rd, it’s a shorter walk by entering Rode Hall estate through a pedestrian gate.
One of the regular stalls at Rode Hall is Natural Game, which sells oven-ready meat and products including wild venison, wild boar and other game meats. These are not farmed animals but come from culls at National Trust properties, other estates, shoots and smallholdings in Cheshire and adjoining counties. You can also buy online from this Stafford-based company, for delivery, collection from Stafford or at a farmers’ market.
For rare-breed lamb and beef, there is Friars Park Farm, near Chester, where Jacobs sheep and British White cattle are farmed. Their meat is available at Rode Hall Farmers’ Market too, with online and phone orders possible, in addition to collection or delivery.
The Treacle Market in Macclesfield is on the last Sunday of every month (except in December when it takes place on whichever Sunday is before Christmas), from 10am to 3pm, and is easier to get to by public transport than Rode Hall – there’s an hourly 38 bus between Congleton and Macclesfield on Sundays.
Food4MaccDirect supplies locally reared and butchered Aberdeen Angus beef (from Riverside Organic at Shipbrook Hill Farm nr Davenham) – you order and then collect from specified pick-up points. (NB You can also buy direct from the farm in person (enquire first) or online – also see their Facebook page for contact details.)
Food4MaccDirect also supplies Treacle Town Pies made from Cheshire-grown flour, local meat, game and ale, free-range chickens from Packington’s near Burton on Trent, N. Staffordshire and goat meat from Chestnut Meats, Tarporley, Cheshire.
Treacle Town Pies are based in Charlotte St, Macclesfield, and you can also order direct from them. They also offer outside catering.
Packington’s free range chicken and pigs are not sold direct from the farm, but you can find the nearest butcher who stocks their meats by visiting Packington’s website.
Chestnut Meats also offer a delivery service (£8.99 locally – check before ordering) for a variety of their meats, including goat, pork, beef meat and sausages – they even do goat burgers. They have their own butcher too.
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