Rare breed: Yes
Pannnigton Hall Farm,
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The Essex Pig Company or "Jimmys Farm" of BBC fame is a venture which is committed to reviving the Essex pig (this is a breed which is the forefather of the Saddleback and is so rare that it is not recognised by the Rare Breed Trust).
Jommy Doherty nad his team make excellent sausages from rare breed Saddleback pigs either reared on the farm or brought locally. The animals are free range and fed on spent hops from the nearby St Peters brewery. Varieties include Suffolk beer (made with more St Peters beer) and Cambridge which is flavoured with ginger and nutmeg.
expensive at around £13 per kilo but top sausages - a rare 10/10 on our scoring system.
Excellent programme, I hope they make a success of the business. I wish I lived near enough to try the sausages!
PM, Hastings, East Sussex
Great show, but the sausages were even better, bought chipolatas, we had never tasted sausages so nice before. Traditional methods really reflected in the flavour.
I am sure this company will continue to flourish and be a huge success.
Mrs Innes, Stowupland Suffolk
Popped up for a look around sausages were wicked keep up the good work....
RS, thurrock essex
I bought sausage and bacon mail order from the Essex Pig company and was knocked out by the quality. The Cambridge sausage was just delicious with a subtle herby flavour and a texture that melts in the mouth. I tried 3 different types of sausage and three different types of dry cured bacon. I haven''t tasted bacon like it since I was a little kid in the 1950''s. It didnt shrink, and had a lovely moist rind.
Great value, great company. I''ll be back!
I rarely eat sausages as believe the vast majority are full of rubbish but occasionally usually in the BBQ season I try a "gourmet" type. I surprised myself at Fulham Farmers market when an anitpodean persuaded me to buy some pork AND some sausages from The Essex Pig Company - it was probably the fact that the sausage contained chilli that swayed me and what a delight it was - I am converted - I now eat sausages but only from the Essex Pig Company. They were incredibly moreish. I will now need to get my weekly fix and I think its fantastic that one can buy such produce in the centre of London. Well done Jimmy and team (and I have to say that the pork joint was by far the tastiest I have ever tried). I hope your business is a success
Kat, London SW6
Jimmy must have massive b---ocks to go out and pursue his dream. Not many people ever do. I wish him the utmost success and nothing less!
KA, Gran Canaria
An absolutley brilliant TV programme and a great insight into your life,well done and I wish you every success with your business. Next time I am down your way I shall call in for a chop or two.
I share a house with two chefs and have been on a mission to find the perfect sausages, I''ve found them!
These pigs aren''t happy, they are ecstatic! Can''t wait to try more, well done, the best ever.
GM, Bury St Edmunds
Excellent viewing. After reading other articles, do we really care if he's got a famous friend? (no one ever got anywhere without a little help along the way!). Sound''s like jealously to me. The guy has got of his own back trying to farm traditional methods for which he belives in. Whats wrong with that? People have more disposable income these days, if they choose to spend that bit more on quality then surely thats their choice. My family and I will certainly be buying his produce.
Just finished reading Jimmy''s book and was blown away! This is definitely a book for your holidays or lunch break. Can''t wait to taste the produce - going to visit the farm shop next week - I hope Blaze is their - what a STAR. Brilliant show with genuine people. Wishing you every success in keeping the Essex Pig on the map.
JR, Stansted, Essex
I wanted to drop a line to thank you all for your support and kind words of enthusiasm. The farm is flourishing thanks to the positive support we have received. We are now onto our third litter of pure breed Essex Pigs (yes, I know, only I could swap a gay boar for a blind and deaf one) - but it''s a small triumph here to us all. Both the farm and staff are growing and both Michaela and I are so happy here. From all of us here, huge thanks and yeeharr, Rare Breeds are on their way back!
Jimmy Doherty, Ipswich
Brilliant TV Show..Gonna mail order me some sausages, and if they are as tasty as Jimmy, I''ll be one happy girlie! x
After all the build up on TV we eagerly awaited our first samples of Jimmmy''s sausages. How disappointed we were! Too much rusk and an over strong pepper flavour and not particularly tasty! A big surprise and not even organic, an average product which which is overpriced and and relying on TV fame to sell!
Sausagelinks - They have never claimed to be organic (GP - take your caps lock off!)
GP, Powys S Wales
WE REALLY ENJOYED OUR VISIT TO THE FARM FOR THE FIRST TIME ON SAT 1ST APRIL 06 JIMMY AND HIS STAFF HAVE WORKED REALLY HARD TO GET WERE THE FARM IS TODAY, A CREDIT TO YOU ALL, AND AS FOR THE SAUSAGES THEY ARE NUMBER 1 DELICIOUS YOU ALL MUST COME AND BUY SOME.
ALL THE BEST JIMMY..SEE YOU SOON
BEST WISHES NEIL AND FAMILY
NG, WRENINGHAM, NORWICH
Just to say thanks so much for a real-life view of how it is to try and farm in a traditinal way these days. It isn''t easy to stick to your principles, when there are extensive poultry, potato, strawberry etc producers all around. We believe it was the traditonal farmers who created our landscape, and who will continue to care for it. It is only when the public come to realise that they need to pay more for good quality, home-grown produce, that we can be reasonably sure of a living wage. We are producers of traditionally bred and reared pedigree Hereford beef and also lamb, supplying one local butcher on a weekly basis. Thanks again, and good luck.
Firstly I have to say that the TV programme is unmisseable - documenting the immense and passionate struggle of ''Jimmy'' to resurrect and nurture rare breed pigs. I applaud every ounce of energy and damn hard work that Jimmy and Michaela have put into actually earning a living, made so much more applaudable when we live in a society that seems to reward laziness. If Jim and Michaela become millionaires they will deserve it .. and I hope they do. I will be ordering online and look forward to sharing (tastewise) in their on-going success. Good luck Jim & Michaela ..
Love the programme and hoping to visit the farm very soon. Just wanted to say "Thanks" Jimmy for rescuing those poor Battery Hens (featured on the programme this week). Me and my husband are genuinely touched by your kindness to the animals. Other farmers should feel ashamed of themselves for rearing animals in appalling conditions just to make money.
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