We’re proud to work with 10,000 farmers across the UK. And now, more than ever, supporting them matters. Meet just a few of the M&S Select Farmers helping to bring you delicious M&S food, and be inspired with our recipe ideas and tips
All of our fresh lamb, from roasting joints to mince and chops, is now 100% British, and we only work with M&S Select Farmers who share our high animal welfare and environmental standards. That means when you’re tucking into a Sunday roast or some tasty chops, you know the lamb is the M&S quality you can trust.
Need some inspiration for cooking our delicious, tender British lamb during summer? Try these light and fresh ideas:
We think our juicy and oh-so-sweet Red Diamond strawberries, grown just for M&S, are the best you’ll ever taste. They’re left on the plant for longer, so they can develop a deliciously fragrant flavour, and our growers hand-select the best berries just for M&S.
Find out more about what makes our Red Diamond strawberries taste so good with this week’s Fresh Market Update, filmed with ITV weather’s Lucy Verasamy before social distancing at Mockbeggar Farm, Kent.
Then be inspired with our irresistible recipe ideas below.
Pickers at Mockbeggar Farm select only the biggest, juiciest and best Red Diamond strawberries for M&S. “They’re easily the best we’ve ever grown,” says farmer John Myatt
Layer up ice cream, crushed shortbread biscuits and Red Diamond strawberries in Chris Baber’s irresistible recipe
Prep Chris Baber’s strawberry and almond overnight oats the day before, then top with fresh strawberries for a delicious breakfast in a flash
Farmer John Myatt encourages biodiversity at his farm in Kent – there are even ‘bee hotels’ to attract natural pollinators. The county’s long sunshine hours also help the strawberries taste super-sweet
The extra hours of sunshine enjoyed on the Isle of Wight help the tomatoes we grow there taste super sweet – it’s even been nicknamed the sunshine isle.
We work with M&S Select Farmers like Brian Moralee, who grows a variety of sweet and juicy tomatoes for M&S at his farm on the Isle of Wight. For a true taste of the season, look out for his summer selection pack in store. The tomatoes come in an array of colours and flavours and are positively bursting with flavour.
Want to find out more about why our tomatoes taste so good? Watch our Fresh Market Update film, with ITV Weather’s Lucy Verasamy, filmed at Brian’s farm before social distancing.
Feeling hungry? Discover delicious recipe ideas from chef Chris Baber.
Brian’s team harvest their tomatoes at first light to keep them fresher for longer, and the growing system they use is entirely biodegradable
Chris Baber’s pan-fried sea bass with tomato, mango and lime salsa is the ultimate laidback summer dinner
Combine the best-tasting tomatoes with basil and feta in Chris Baber’s deliciously simple summer side
The Isle of Wight enjoys long hours of sunshine, meaning tomatoes grown there taste juicy, sweet and oh-so-good
Every pack of Sapphire raspberries in every M&S Food store is British, and we think they’re the best raspberries you’ll ever taste. Super-sized, sweet and jammy, they taste of pure British summer. Better yet, when you enjoy them, you’re supporting M&S Select Farmers like Harry Hall, who grows them just for M&S at his Surrey farm, during these challenging times.
Watch our Fresh Market Update, filmed before social distancing at Harry’s family farm, to find out more. With a little help from ITV Weather’s Lucy Verasamy, we’re discovering the lengths M&S Select Farmers go to so you can enjoy the sweetest, tastiest Sapphire raspberries ever all summer. Read more, and try chef Chris Baber’s irresistible recipe ideas, below.
M&S Select Farmer Harry Hall started with just 10 precious Sapphire raspberry plants at his family’s Tuesley Farm in Surrey, and now there are two million. “I think they’re the best raspberries in the world,” he says
With just three ingredients, Chris Baber’s frozen yoghurt couldn’t be simpler – but thanks to our Sapphire raspberries, it tastes amazing
Create a delicious treat by stirring our Sapphire raspberries through whipped cream with meringue pieces in Chris Baber’s easy recipe: the ultimate fuss-free seasonal dessert to make at home
Honey bees and bumble-bees are the natural pollinators that help Harry’s raspberries grow, so he plants wild flowers and keeps beehives to encourage them to visit
All M&S fish is always responsibly sourced, and 100% of our farmed salmon is Scottish. That means when you tuck into flaky, succulent salmon, you’re supporting M&S Select Farmers during these challenging times.
Want to know more? We travelled to beautiful Loch Linnhe, on the west coast of Scotland, to meet Andrew MacLeannan, who’s been supplying us with delicious Scottish salmon since 2006. “In my opinion, it’s the best-tasting salmon there is,” he says.
Watch our Fresh Market Update film, with ITV’s Lucy Verasamy (filmed before social distancing), to find out more, and be inspired by Chris Baber’s recipe ideas below.
Our Scottish salmon are special because of the environment they live in – it has clean waters and a strong current for them to swim against, which helps the fish to grow big and strong
Chris Baber’s soy salmon recipe ticks all the boxes: sticky, a little bit spicy, speedy and packed with flavour
Try this easy pasta dish, which combines our tender Scottish salmon with lemon, peas and a little red chilli, plus fennel seeds for a fragrant kick
On average, M&S Select Farmer Andrew MacLeannan’s salmon can swim up to 4,000km in their lifetime. “Welfare is our highest priority,” he says. “And that’s what’s great about working with M&S – its values match ours”
Our fresh pork is always 100% British, and we only work with M&S Select Farmers who share our high animal welfare and environmental standards.
To find out more, we visited Haughton Warren Farm in Nottinghamshire, with ITV Weather's Lucy Verasamy and chef Chris Baber, to discover just what it takes to get the M&S Select Farms seal of approval.
“Only the very best farms can be called M&S Select Farms,” explains M&S agricultural manager Tom Slay
Our succulent pork shoulder is perfect in this fragrant recipe. Using store-cupboard shortcuts and fresh veg, it’s quick to make
This smoky, spicy barbecue pork loin with a crunchy apple slaw, from chef Chris Baber, will give your midweek menu a boost
Because we only work with M&S Select Farmers, you can trust that they share our high welfare and environmental standards
M&S beef is always 100% British. And because we only work with trusted M&S Select Farmers, we can trace all our beef – whether it’s a sirloin steak or the mince in a prepared lasagne – back to the farm and animal it came from.
Want to find out more? With a little help from ITV Weather’s Lucy Verasamy, we met with Henry Ryle, a third-generation M&S Select Farmer in Northumberland who supplies some of our delicious beef. Like the 5,100 British beef farmers we work with, he’s passionate about meeting our high-quality animal welfare, environmental and traceability standards. We know that, at times like these, those standards are even more important. Watch the video – filmed before lockdown – to find out more.
“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”
“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’s standards are high, so our standards have to be high”
“To cook your steak perfectly, let it come to room temperature first,” says chef Chris Baber. “Rub with olive oil, add to a hot pan and cook to your liking, then be sure to rest it for as long as you’ve cooked it”
There’s 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
We’re proud to support more than 5,100 British beef farmers, and our pioneering traceability scheme allows us to trace all our beef back to the farm and animal it came from.
Explore our interactive map of the UK to see where the farms are located, and to find out more about the passionate people working tirelessly to keep M&S customers fed during these challenging times.
Every pack of M&S strawberries in every M&S Food store is now 100% British.
They're super sweet and juicy, plus, enjoying them helps support our fantastic farmers across the UK.
This year, we were the first retailer to switch to selling 100% British strawberries, grown by M&S Select Farmers like Will Overoode. He’s working hard to deliver irresistible strawberries straight from his east Yorkshire farm to M&S – so you can tuck into this quintessential summer treat.
Watch the video for a peek inside Will’s farm, and pick up a pack when you’re next shopping for essentials in store.
Our asparagus is now 100% British, so tucking into these best-in-season, sweet and tender spears helps to support M&S Select Farmers like Chris Chinn. We’ve been working with Chris and his family for more than 20 years, to bring you asparagus fresh from the Wye Valley and straight to M&S.
Chris uses pioneering methods at his Herefordshire farm, including cold-resistant polytunnels, to help the first green shoots of asparagus appear sooner for you to enjoy.
See for yourself with the video filmed by Chris at his farm – and find delicious Wye Valley asparagus in store when you’re next shopping for your essentials.
Give a ready-made vanilla cheesecake a fruity twist by topping it with sliced strawberries and a coulis made by simmering fresh strawberries with a little sugar
Grown exclusively on the island of Jersey, our Jersey Royals make the perfect side dish. Steam until tender, dress with herbs and serve with your favourite fish
Simply blanch then serve topped with fresh mint or basil leaves, breadcrumbs fried in olive oil or butter with a pinch of dried chilli flakes, plus a squeeze of lemon juice
100% of our M&S Select Farms milk is RSPCA Assured, and we pay our farmers a fair price thanks to the M&S Milk Pledge. Created 20 years ago, it’s a commitment from us that we’ll always pay our farmers a price that reflects the cost of production.
All the milk you buy in M&S comes from British farmers who belong to the M&S Milk Pool, a group of trusted dairy farmers who share our RSPCA-accredited welfare and environmental standards.
That means that when you pour the milk for your morning cuppa or stir some into the kids’ porridge, you can trust it came from farmers who share our M&S Food values – and you’re helping to support them during these hard times.
In 2002, M&S became the first UK retailer to use only free-range eggs across its entire food business – and we still do, including in our cakes, quiches and salads.
We also provide a range of speciality eggs, including those with enriched omega-3, plus golden-yolked Maran Island brown, duck and quail eggs. Cracking!
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