St Brides Free Range Poultry Farm
Not open to the public.
In the few short years since they launched in 2009, St Brides have become the birds for menus to boast about. Slow-growing chicken breeds live a totally free-range life until they reach 14 weeks – three times older than conventional hens. They live on non-GM grain, as well as grubbing in the long grass of their field for insects, and are treated to a bag of mash from the nearby Strathaven Ales Brewery every now and then. Throughout the year the farm also raises ducks, guinea fowl, turkeys and capons. To try a St Brides bird, visit Lanarkshire’s farmers’ markets (see their website or Facebook page for up-to-date schedules), order one from the farm or, if you’d rather someone else did the cooking, compare and contrast poultry dishes at Restaurant Martin Wishart, Restaurant Andrew Fairlie and Rissons at Springvale, among other big names.
The birds from St Brides have serious credentials: slow-growing chicken breeds that live a totally free-range life until 14 weeks (three times older than conventional hens), raised on non-GM grain, as well as grubbing in the long grass of their field for insects with the occasional treat of some locally grown wheat. Throughout the year the farm also raises ducks, guinea fowl, turkeys and capons, and they supply everyone from local favourite Risson’s of Springvale, to highly lauded The Gannet in Glasgow, to other venues as far afield as London. Owner AJ Morris has built the farm’s reputation on wholesale, principally, but individual orders can be now made via the website, and the farm is also part of the Glasgow Food Assembly – the next generation of farmer’s market – which assembles on Monday nights in the East End of the city.
- Open since: 2009