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A video of M&S Select Farmer Henry Ryle's farm in Northumberland

Fresh Market Update: Select Farms British beef

For the next M&S Food Fresh Market Update, ITV’s Lucy Verasamy and chef Chris Baber are off to Northumberland. They meet M&S Select Farmer Henry Ryle, a third-generation family farmer who supplies some of our delicious British beef.

At M&S, our beef is 100% British, and we’re the only national retailer that can trace all its beef back to the farm and animal it came from – that’s down to the high standards Select Farmers like Henry work hard to meet.

After learning more about his farming practices, Lucy is joined by chef Chris Baber to cook up two tasty recipes. There's an impossible-to-resist steak sandwich with a zingy chimichurri dressing, plus spicy beef tacos the whole family will love.

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Select Farmer with cows

 

M&S Select Farms standards

“We’re proud to be an M&S Select Farm,” says third-generation beef farmer Henry Ryle. “It’s really important for M&S to know exactly which animals its beef comes from.”

 

Our high standards

“Welfare is our highest priority,” says M&S Select Farmer Henry. “From the environment the cattle live in, to their food and the fields they graze on, M&S standards are high, so our standards have to be high.”

Cows in a field on an M&S Select Farm

 

Chris Baber’s spicy beef tacos

Put our tender and flavour-packed M&S Select Farms Aberdeen Angus beef mince to tasty use in this easy recipe from chef Chris Baber, that’s quick enough to make for a weeknight family meal.

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The sizzling steak sarnie

There’ no better way to enjoy our 21-day aged British sirloin steak than in this delicious steak sandwich recipe by chef Chris Baber. It’s served with a fiery chimichurri dressing, for an extra kick.

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Chris Baber and Lucy Versamy's Fresh Market Update on an M&S Select Farmer for pork in Nottinghamshire

Fresh Market Update: outdoor-bred British pork

ITV’s Lucy Verasamy and chef Chris Baber visit Haughton Warren Farm in Nottinghamshire to learn about our delicious outdoor-bred British pork.

M&S Agricultural manager and farmer Tom Slay shows Lucy around the farm, and we discover just what it takes – from outstanding animal welfare to adhering to our strict environmental standards – to get the M&S Select Farms seal of approval.

Finally, chef Chris Baber cooks up a fragrant Thai curry and flavour-packed barbecue pork steaks with our tender pork loin and shoulder steaks – just the thing for a little midweek meal inspiration.

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All about our British outdoor-bred pork

Pigs and farmers in a field

 

 

The Select Farms quality seal

“Only the very best farms can be called M&S Select Farms,” says M&S agricultural manager Tom Slay. That means they meet our high-quality animal welfare and environmental standards.

 

 

Cook a speedy midweek dinner

Our succulent pork shoulder is delicious in Chris Baber’s fragrant Thai-inspired stir-fry with fresh veg. Since it uses store-cupboard shortcuts, like our curry shots, it’s super quick to make.

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Fire up the grill

This smoky, spicy barbecue pork loin with a crunchy apple slaw from chef Chris Baber is perfect for an al fresco summer feast with the family.

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Space to roam

The pigs on M&S Select Farms, like Haughton Warren, have plenty of room to allow for their natural behaviour, with wide-open spaces for foraging. They get the best-quality food to eat.

Pigs on a farm
A video clip of ITV's Lucy Verasamy on the loch with salmon farmer Andrew Macleannan

Fresh Market Update: Scottish salmon

For the next Fresh Market Update, we travel to the beautiful Loch Linnhe, on the west coast of Scotland, to find out what makes our responsibly sourced salmon taste so good.

ITV’s Lucy Verasamy meets M&S Select Farmer Andrew Macleannan, who’s been supplying us with delicious salmon since 2006, which, he says, “In my opinion is the best tasting salmon there is”.

Lucy and chef Chris Baber cook up two tasty family recipes with our Scottish salmon, right on the side of the loch. 

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Scottish sea farm employees at work on the loch

 

 

Responsibly sourced

Our Scottish salmon are special because of the environment they live in – with clean waters and a strong current for them to swim against, which helps the fish to grow big and strong.

 

 

Salmon worth savouring

Flaky and meaty, with a succulent texture, our delicious and versatile Scottish salmon tastes amazing simply dressed with a little lemon juice and served with Jersey Royals.

A fillet of salmon with Jersey Royals and asparagus

 

 

Chris Baber’s salmon pasta

Try this easy pasta dish, which combines our tender Scottish salmon with lemon, peas and a little red chilli, and fennel seeds for a fragrant kick.

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Space to swim

On average, M&S Select Farmer Andrew Macleannan’s salmon can swim up to 4,000km in a lifetime. “Welfare is our highest priority,” he says. “And that’s what’s great about working with M&S – their values match ours.”

A loch in Scotland surrounded by mountains
Video on the production of our Isle of Wight tomatoes

Fresh Market Update: Isle of Wight tomatoes  

Extra hours of sunlight on the Isle of Wight help our tomatoes taste delicously sweet – no wonder it’s nicknamed the sunshine isle.

For the next M&S Food Fresh Market Update, we head to Brian Moralee’s tomato farm with ITV’s Lucy Verasamy to find out more about this quintessential summer treat – and chef Chris Baber cooks two tasty recipes.

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A selection of red, yellow and green M&S Select Farm tomatoes

 

 

Major toms

Look out for exclusive varieties of our Isle of Wight tomatoes, such as blush-red Victoria and sharp sungreen, in our summer selection tomato mix.

 

 

Sunshine on a plate

This recipe makes heroes out of our tasty tomatoes – just slice and serve with buffalo mozzarella, basil, seasoning and a glug of your finest olive oil. 

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Chris Baber’s tomato and basil salad

This Instagrammable dish looks amazing. The tomato varieties bring different flavours and textures to the table, while the feta adds a welcome savouriness.

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Our brilliant producer

Our summer tomato varieties are grown by M&S Select farmer Brian Moralee. His family business uses an entirely biodegradable growing system. 

Cherry tomatoes on a slate board
Lucy Verasamy and Chris Baber’s Fresh Market Update

Fresh Market Update: Red Diamond strawberries

In this Fresh Market Update, ITV’s Lucy Verasamy and chef Chris Baber are exploring Mockbeggar Farm in Kent to learn more about our juicy Red Diamond strawberries. Grown just for M&S, they’re left on the plant for longer for a beautifully sweet and fragrant flavour.

Chef Chris also cooks up a couple of easy recipes which make our Red Diamond strawberries taste even better.

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A bowl of Red Diamond strawberries

Keep it sweet

Our exclusive Red Diamond strawberries are left to ripen on the plant for longer, so they’re deliciously sweet and full of flavour, making them the ultimate British high-summer treat.

The cream of the crop

Farmer John Myatt encourages biodiversity at his farm in Kent – there are even ‘bee hotels’ to help attract pollinators. The county’s longer sunshine hours help make the strawberries taste super-sweet. 

A bowl of Red Diamond strawberries with cream

Chris Baber’s summery breakfast idea

Prep these tasty overnight oats the night before then top with fresh Red Diamond strawberries for a hearty breakfast.

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Picked just for M&S 

Growers at Mockbeggar Farm select only the juiciest, biggest and best strawberries just for M&S. “They’re easily the best we’ve ever grown,” says farmer John Myatt.

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M&S Fresh Market Update Sapphire raspberry farm

Fresh Market Update: Sapphire raspberries

Watch this week’s M&S Food Fresh Market Update with ITV’s Lucy Verasamy, who’s exploring M&S Select Farmer Harry Hall’s farm in Berkshire to learn all about our deliciously sweet Sapphire raspberries, which he grows just for us.

She then teams up with chef Chris Baber on the farm, who cooks up some tempting family recipes which make Sapphire raspberries the stars of the show.

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All about our M&S Select Farms Sapphire raspberries

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Only the berry best

M&S Select Farmer Harry Hall started with just 10 precious Sapphire raspberry plants at his family’s Tuesley farm in Berkshire and there are now two million. “I think they're the best raspberries in the world,” he says.

The perfect pick

Juicy, jammy and super-sized, our Sapphire raspberries are picked at their peak to ensure you enjoy them at their best, and berries picked today can be in your M&S Foodhall tomorrow.

A plate of Sapphire raspberries

Chef Chris Baber’s simple summer pud

Put our Sapphire raspberries to good use by stirring through whipped cream with raspberry coulis and meringue: the ultimate fuss-free seasonal dessert.

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The birds and the bees

Honeybees and bumblebees are the natural pollinators that help Harry’s raspberries grow, so he plants wild flowers and keeps bee hives to encourage them to visit.

A farmer with a tray of Sapphire raspberries

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Chef Chris Baber cooking in the kitchen

Fresh Market recipes

Chef and Instagram star Chris Baber puts our perfect pick seasonal produce to delicious use 

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A duo of layered berry yoghurt pots

Berry good ideas

Find more inspiration and ideas with our irresistible M&S Select Farms Sapphire raspberries

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