Black Goat Farm
We discovered Black Goat Farm after a Great Food Club member recommended its goat meat to us, having purchased some at Loughborough Farmers’ Market. “The kid meat is amazing but the goat meat, cooked slowly, is even better; it’s also low in fat,” they raved. Since then we’ve had the pleasure of trying some of Black Goat Farm’s local goat and were thoroughly impressed by the flavour – goat has its own characteristics but one way to describe it is a cross between chicken and lamb. It’s perfect for slow cooking and wonderful in a curry.
Helen Taylor started her goat farm in 2010 near Melton Mowbray, Leicestershire, after realising there was demand for this unsung meat. She hasn’t looked back and now spends most of her working life either looking after her flock or selling the meat at markets around the Midlands.
“We currently have 60 nannies in the herd and a number of billies, and I raise my goats to the highest ethical standards,” assures Helen. “They enjoy high quality outdoor grazing and shelter when the weather is poor. Our happy goats are bred from dairy nannies and Boer billy goats, and we also buy in kids from other goat farms.”
You can usually find Helen and her Leicestershire-raised goat meat at the following markets: Bingham (third Saturday of the month), Leicester (first Thursday), Wollaton (first Saturday), West Bridgford (second and fourth Saturday), Sutton Bonington (first Wednesday during term time) and Loughborough (second Wednesday). Local deliveries are also possible.