Simeon and Lisa Morgan started their farming business in 1998 after meeting while studying at Agricultural College. Based at Aubrey Farm in the coastal hamlet of Keyhaven on the south coast of the New Forest National Park the husband and wife team have always aimed to create a sustainable business that kept up with modern farming practices, that would remain flexible as well as innovative and their success has led them to grow arable crops on over 2,300 acres of land.
In 2009 Simeon brought Lisa 5 Zwartbles sheep, which were the founding members of her flock. Aubrey Farm is part of the Countryside Stewardship Scheme, and the Zwartbles flock are key in managing new pastures on the coastline at Keyhaven, with the herby pasture and sea breeze all contributing to the Keyhaven lamb’s distinctive flavour.
These pedigree Zwartbles are a large breed with a striking appearance. They make good mothers and produce a big lean lamb that is a little slower to mature. The Morgan’s have also introduced some more commercial breeds of breeding ewes to cross with a Zwartbles ram. This produces lambs that mature earlier, extending the supply of lamb into the shop to ten months of the year.
Demand for Keyhaven lamb has risen ever since Lisa started her ‘Pop Up’ farm shop, ‘Lisa’s Larder’, in 2012. Lisa has a simple criteria for stock: it must be local, delicious or beautiful and good value for money. Quality of produce and animal welfare is at the heart of the Lisa’s ethos and her shop only stocks locally-reared meat from trusted producers where animals are handled as little as possible and remain unstressed.
Carcasses are traditionally hung before being cut and packed on site by a master butcher. The shop stocks an array of local produce from cheese and jam to trout and biscuits. They also have an online shop and can undertake bespoke butchery requests.
Lisa’s Larder will be open on Friday 4th and Saturday 5th November between 0930 – 1500hrs. Offering fresh meat and produce straight from the land it is advisable to get there in good time to enjoy a good browse, glean some tips from Keith the award-winning butcher and chat with the locals. Lisa is also a mine of recipe information!
To celebrate the New Forest Food Festival, Lisa will be offering ‘Indian Spiced Lamb Lunch Bowls’ (£4.95) inspired by the James Martin recipe that he created on his Home Comforts series, when he used Keyhaven Lamb to make the dish served with Bombay Potatoes. His accolade for the flavour and quality of the meat sent demand through the roof, so Lisa simplified the recipe and created a ‘meal kit’ with the help of local business Spice N Easy making it accessible to everyone.
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