In 2009, fashion designer Nick Ball and property developer Jacob Sykes left London behind to begin a life of poultry farming. Returning to Nick’s parents’ place outside the market village of Lutterworth in Leicestershire, they set out to farm slowgrown birds with a patience and dedication they felt was missing in the rest of the UK. Their chickens are grown over eighty one days – three times longer than an average supermarket chicken, and five weeks longer than most free range chickens.
Fosse Meadows started small, with freeroaming chickens living in brightlycoloured sheds. Having outgrown its current location, the farm is moving to New Kilworth and, while they’re sad to be leaving the family behind, Nick and Jacob are excited by their new location and what it represents for the business. ‘It’s picturesque and will give our birds even more freedom to roam,’ says Nick.
Nick and Jacob also supply turkeys, geese and cockerels for Christmas – all reared with the same patience and freedom, giving the meat a great flavour and tenderness. As Nick says, ‘happy birds are tasty birds.’
The couple spend most of their time working or gardening, but they also like to have friends over to the farm for dinner, when they will cook a Coq Au Riesling, or ‘just a good simple roast with lots of garlic.’
‘Farmdrop is about transparency, choice and cutting out the rubbish. You see what you’re really getting.’ Nick Ball, Fosse Meadows
● Members of the Traditional Farmfresh Turkey Association (TFTA)
● Slowgrown chickens with an additivefree diet
● A flock size of just 600, compared to over 20,000 on many UK farms