Christmas Ham Season was officially launched in Sydney this week and included the announcement of the Australian PorkMark Ham Award winners. In a significant win for small producers, and small businesses generally, The Free Range Butcher, was awarded “2017 Best Ham in NSW” by the pork industry’s peak body, Australian Pork Limited (APL).
Accepting the award was business owner, and second generation farmer, Ben Clinch: “We’re really pleased to receive this recognition for our quality, free range, pasture fed hams. Compared to most, we’re a small producer so it’s a win for the little guy as well!”
Ben went on to say, “Our hams have been winning favour with our customers since we first started producing them and selling them at the farmers markets and online. Nine years later, we’re proud to be the only business in NSW that produces the pork (on our own farm in north west NSW), hand mixes the cure from an in-house recipe, then cures, smokes and cooks the ham. I believe this level of quality control is a big reason why we’re able to produce an excellent product year after year.”
Many consumers are unaware that more than two thirds of ham sold in Australia is made from imported pork from Asia, Denmark and Canada. Importantly the PorkMark Ham Awards recognise the best hams made from 100% Australian pork.
The Free Range Butcher team are taking orders now for their award winning Ham products. Ben advises customers to place their order early as they have sold out of hams every year so far. Ben laughs as he says: “As the old saying goes ‘Early Bird Catches the Best Ham in NSW'”.
For recipes, tips and tricks, and to order your Christmas ham, visit www.freerangebutcher.com.au