Amazing to think that SOMETIMES what your eyes see, is not actually true!

You make think the label on that chicken says FREE RANGE, but is that just an illusion?

As we wander through the aisles of a supermarket, the rows and rows of processed foods are all trying to “catch your eye” to pick them up. “BUY ME!”, they scream.

The manufacturers spend millions of rand on designing packaging, but always, the ingredients are hard, if not impossible to read.

We are NEARLY rid of all the polystyrene trays, and now we are going to put (readable) ingredient labels on every product.  It will take a little time…

Our ingredients have always been on the website, if you click on the product you are interested in, you will see them there.

As for Red Barn Farm, we are transparent in what we do.  Our free-range farm is open to the public so you can come and see with your own eyes. No illusions here!

This week, we have some interesting specials for you.  All really good for you with no “funny stuff” added.

Have an absolutely wonderful week!

Cheers for now,
Lindy and the Red Barn Team

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Holiday time is just around the corner!

Hello to you all,

People are starting to arrive in our little towns to visit family and friends for the holidays.

Sometimes having lots of visitors can be a strain on the budget and mostly visitors want to contribute but don’t know what to bring you.

We had quite a few visitors in our shop, straight from the airport on their way to Plett, Knysna and so forth.

They specifically came into our shop because their family had told them about Red Barn. They thought they couldn’t go wrong bringing a bag or two of our products back for their hosts!

Such a WONDERFUL surprise gift, so I thought I would share the idea with you.

Better than them going to the Mall and standing in a queue at Woolies or the likes, right?

Thank you for all the orders last week. Much appreciated!

Remember, you can email Jenny with your order or call us on 044 876 0014.

Have a wonderful week.
Lindy and the Red Barn Team

On special this week

 

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“The supermarkets may not want them, but I reckon farmers could find a market for their huge volume of pullet eggs by selling them to restaurants and pubs.”

Producing eggs is a family tradition at Mac’s Farm, where the produce is organic and Freedom Food accredited.

Susie’s 102-year-old grandmother Alex Eldridge kept hens and supplied local shops in the 1920s.

Her parents, Peter and Liz Barton, ran one of the first local free range egg farms after they converted to organic production in 1997.

She said: “To me, pullet eggs are a product at its best but we lose so much money on them.

“We’re only paid about 48p a dozen and on average we collect 8-10,000 eggs a day from our chickens when they’re first laying.

“People don’t want these eggs because they’re small but actually pullets’ eggs have a really big yolk and less white, and are brilliant at holding together when cooked.

“They are the only eggs we use when we have them, and the kids love them.

“Everybody believes large eggs are what you need because a recipe says so, but you shouldn’t expect chickens to lay big eggs.

“Good welfare is allowing a chicken to lay an egg size that its body is naturally designed to do.

“If you buy smaller pullet eggs instead, just use one extra.

“You’ll get the same result.”

Bogof sale

{Black-Friday}
“bogof – buy one get one FREE!”

Hello to you all…

You all know what Black Friday is, but do you know what BOGOF is?

No, I’m not swearing at you. It’s our..

BUY ONE GET ONE FREE SALE!

Just order any SALE items, as normal, for every item you buy from the Specials Category  we will send you one for free!

So if you order 2 drumsticks we will send you 4. YOU only pay for 2!

What more can I say? BOGOF?

Cheers for now! Lindy & the team.

*only applicable to the items in the SPECIALS folder, sale ends on Friday 23rd at 5 pm* *while stocks last*

GO and see WHAT is on half price
(8 items!)

 

Black Friday is an informal name for the day following Thanksgiving Day in the United States, the fourth Thursday of November, which has been regarded as the beginning of the country’s Christmas shopping season since 1952, although the term “Black Friday” did not become widely recognised or used until the 1980s or later in some regions.

Most major retailers open very early, as early as overnight hours, and offer promotional sales. Black Friday is not an official holiday, but California and some other states observe “The Day After Thanksgiving” as a holiday for state government employees, sometimes in lieu of another federal holiday, such as Columbus Day. Many non-retail employees and schools have both Thanksgiving and the following Friday off, which, along with the following regular weekend, makes it a four-day weekend, thereby increasing the number of potential shoppers.

Black Friday has routinely been the busiest shopping day of the year in the United States since 2005,although news reports, which at that time were inaccurate, have described it as the busiest shopping day of the year for a much longer period of time. Similar stories resurface year upon year at this time, portraying hysteria and shortage of stock, creating a state of positive feedback.

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Every spring, Red Barn collects small eggs from the nests of pullets, or young hens. Due to their size (and outstanding flavor!), pullet eggs often only make it to my kitchen! I just love them..

 For a short time only, Red Barn is selling these “farmer’s ONLY eggs,” a true springtime treasure.

Because these are among the first eggs ever laid by the young hens, typically less than one year old, they contain the vital essences of the chicken, stored up for her entire life. No subsequent eggs will taste the same.

Our chefs could not be happier:

they say that the pullet variety is the tastiest, truest expression of an egg. What they lack in size is made up for in rich, savory flavor. Like their larger cousins, pullet eggs are perfect for baking, deviling, or simply frying (over easy on asparagus? Yes, please).

Most stores don’t carry pullet eggs, these pullet eggs are truly special, as egg production has become so industrialized and impersonal. At Red Barn, we offer our eggs, pullet and otherwise, only when available

“Our philosophy is a simple one,”

Say’s Lindy “We believe that by giving the animals we raise the best possible life, stress-free and without the use of hormones, sub-therapeutic levels of antibiotics, or exposing them to pesticides, the nutritional value of the eggs that they produce is of the highest possible quality.”

Which is why everyone loves Red Barn pullet eggs! Since the young hens start laying in the spring, pullet eggs are only available for a few months each year.

Why not try some now?

Hello Everyone!

No one likes bland food, so lets spice it up this week with all our sauces and spices on special!

We have something for everyone, from salty, to HOT, to just plain lekker sauces, spices and salts.  OF COURSE they are all made by local artisans and full of pure goodness. (no funny additives)

News this week is that after a long wait, our chicken and eggs are now CERTIFIED GMO free! This is in addition to being certified hormone, antibiotic and pesticide free.

Soon you will notice a gold sticker on all our products!

no-gmo

Have fun with our saucy, sexy, spicy specials.

Spice it UP SALE – Something for everyone!

  • Sticky Plum Sauce
  • HOT Sticky Plum Sauce
  • Chipotle Chilli sauce
  • Real Chilli Sauce
  • Smokey Chipotle Chilli Sauce
  • Sweet Chilli Sauce
  • Peri Peri Sauce
  • Hoekwil Hot sauce
  • Relish – Roasted Red Pepper
  • Burger Relish
  • Tomato Chutney
  • Funky Ouma Beetroot Salt
  • Funky Ouma Black Garlic Salt
  • Funky Ouma Himalayan & Herb Salt
  • Funky Ouma Tumeric & Ginger Salt
  • Funky Ouma Braai Salt in a Beautiful TIN

Cheers for now,
Lindy & the team at Red Barn

 

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There are not many things that I am afraid of, but FIRE and WAR leave me terrified!

We have been under threat from fire for more than 10 days now. People have lost their lives and their property.  It has been a very unsettling time indeed.

ONE HUNDRED YEARS AGO in 1918, at the eleventh hour of the eleventh day of the eleventh month, the guns fell silent to end the First World War (1914-1918), the largest global man-made catastrophe known until that time.

The ‘war to end all wars’ cost the lives of a total of 8 634 300 soldiers. Twenty years later, the Second World War (1939-1945) saw the loss of 24 517 000 combatants’ lives. In addition to these statistics, millions of civilians died during both conflicts.

Today, as the fires slowly die down, we remember those that lost their lives and give thanks to those who protected us over the last ten days and One Hundred Years ago.

Our chickens are all safe!  They suffered a bit from smoke inhalation, but seem to be OK!

Now we wait for the rain (or snow that is forcasted..) Cheers for now! Keep safe!

Lindy & the team.

Red Barn Special offers

Chicken sausages
All flavours are on special!

Choose from:

  • Roasted
  • Feta & Sage
  • Serbian
  • Traditional
  • Chicken & Bacon

Pet mince

Pure chicken pet mince vacuum sealed in easy to defrost packets (500g) Feed raw or cooked, your pet will love it!

 

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Fire is always so scary!

Hello to you all!

There has been a huge fire on our Outeniqua Mountain since last Thursday.  We just got news that Blanco area is being evacuated.  It is sizzling HOT and the wind has now picked up again.

It’s always scary on a farm when fires are nearby. To evacuate or protect our animals, would be a huge task. However, we have a plan in place should we need to do so.

The smoke is heavy over the farm and ash is falling like rain.

I can’t help but think of all the wild animals that are suffering up there on the mountain..too sad for words.

Thank you to our brave, tireless FIREFIGHTERS!

Here is praying for a downpouring from heaven!

NEW this week – we have Kombucha for you!  A marvellous health drink in three flavours.  Find it under Juices and Drinks

Cheers, for now, Lindy and the team

 

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Hello to you all.

My, how time flies! Can you believe that there are only 63 days left to Christmas? I actually saw shops putting up decorations already!

I will be entering my 63 year on the 27th and as I look back on my 8 year journey with Red Barn, I am just amazed at how far we have come.  It seems like yesterday that we excitedly bought our first 100 chickens!

Sometimes the path just unfolds, as you go.

Red Barn is no longer just another chicken farm. It has evolved into a one stop healthy food shop with nearly 200 products on offer.

As one comes to the many crossroads in life, we make choices on which ways to turn.  These choices have led us to where we are now!

Hopefully you will still be buying from Red Barn for the Next 8 years!

Cheers for now,
Lindy and the Red Barn Team

SPECIAL AND NEW

  • De-Boned THIGHS, one of our top sellers is no on sale!
  • Mixed portions – individually wrapped, 8 chicken pieces
  • PORK CHOPS – they are to “die for”! TRY!
  • Smoked chicken breasts – Fully cooked, naturally smoked whole breast fillets
  • Pullet Eggs – small eggs from our young hens

NEW

Wonderful, infused SALTS from FUNKY OUMA!  Choose from Beetroot, Black Garlic, Himalayan Herb, Tumeric and Ginger, and Braai salt (in a beautiful tin!)

Find them under Snacks, Sauces, Spices

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True Story

Once upon a time on a Free range chicken farm in George…

A farmer found herself hiding in her kitchen.

She had closed the shop doors because she was COMPLETELY sold out of chicken.

As she watched the irritated customers come and go, she felt really bad because it was Christmas Time and everyone was looking to buy one of her Famous Huge Birds for their Christmas Lunch.

Determined never to make this mistake again the farmer spent the whole year preparing for the next Christmas! She made sure she had extra chickens and she even went one step further and told her customers that she would RESERVE chickens for them.

Every time someone ordered a Famous Huge Birds she pasted their name on a BIG BIRD to make sure no one would take it during the last minute Xmas rush.

The day before Christmas, a very stressed, beautiful, blonde lady rushed into the shop asking for one of the Famous Huge Birds.

Then, the lady hesitated, and said…..

“Do you perhaps have a chicken that didn’t have a name?” 

Cheers for now!

Keep smiling.

Lindy & the team

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