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Fairburn's Eggs: A British Family Business

Recently, the Full Steam Pictures team had the privilege of visiting Fairburn’s Eggs, a British family business, located in the heart of Lincolnshire.

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Fairburn’s has been a family-run organization since 1951, and is now run by Daniel Fairburn, supported by his wife, Sarah Louise, and his sisters, Caroline and Sarah. The company is one of the largest in the industry, producing and packing over 17 million eggs a week.

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Their fresh eggs are produced on their farms and packaged in their own facilities, and their brands include: Fairburn’s Free Range Eggs, Fairburn’s Lincolnshire Free Range Eggs, Heal’s Shropshire Free Range Eggs, and British Blue Free Range Eggs.

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Fairburn’s British Blue eggs are truly a spectacular sight. With a pastel blue shell and sumptuous golden yolk, this egg was acclaimed the ‘perfect egg’ since winning a Great Taste Award in 2017.

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The Fairburn’s family is also very active in charity work, having raised over £26,000 for Farm Africa, and £16,000 for the Lincs and Notts Air Ambulance, to name just a couple of their philanthropic efforts.

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Animal welfare is one of their primary concerns. Their hens are kept in the best possible conditions, rigorously checked by their experienced rearing team, as well as being evaluated by the British Lion Code and RSPCA Freedom Food to make sure that the highest standards of hygiene and welfare are met.

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Tom Davies, our Lead Photographer, describes the week spent with the Fairburn’s family as a welcoming and enriching experience. He was gathered into the family fold, and made to feel a part of them. Despite the cold and rainy weather, there was a warm glow as the Fairburn’s clan described how important it is to them that their children are also a part of the business, and that one day they will hand over the reins to the next generation.

For more information about the Fairburn’s family business, please visit www.fairburnseggs.co.uk

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Photography by Full Steam Pictures.
Written by Kate Davies, Full Steam Pictures Media Manager.

National Barbecue Week

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The barbecuing experience is a long-standing fond joke in our family. When my brother and I were kids, nothing would stop our Dad from wheeling out the barbecue; not snow, not rain, nothing.

I remember one particular Saturday when the family was all huddled around the picnic table, shivering and soaking, while the rain poured down and our Dad flipped burgers with one hand and held an umbrella with the other.

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This week we see the celebration of National Barbecue Week, which was first launched in 1997. Back then, there were 9 million barbecue occasions, and this grew to over 135 million in 2018. All hail the British barbie!

As with most things, people are divided on what kind of barbecue provides the best tasting food; gas, wood or charcoal.

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While gas is cleaner and faster, the majority of barbecue aficionados will tell you that cooking over gas fails to bring out the smoky flavours that cooking with wood or charcoal provides.

The reason for this is due to a chemical called lignin which is present in wood. When heat is applied, this chemical breaks down into something called guaiacol which provides the smoky flavor. Guaiacol is also present in charcoal.

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Barbecues seem to have become more sophisticated since I was a kid; the days when a barbie consisted of hamburgers, hot dogs, and the height of refinement was foil-wrapped corn-on-the cob.

These days, a typical barbecue is likely to present spicy chicken skewers, beer-braised short ribs and lamb and rosemary koftas. Nor is the barbecue as limited to meats as it used to be. With the increase in popularity of vegetarianism, you are just as likely to see black bean burgers, jerk grilled eggplant and cauliflower steaks.

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And now I’m starving, and these barbecue photoshoots we have done for our clients are making the cravings worse… I’m off for a chicken skewer!

For more information about National Barbecue Week, please visit https://nationalbbqweek.co.uk

Happy grilling!

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Photography by Full Steam Pictures.
Written by Kate Davies, Full Steam Pictures Media Manager