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Supporting British farmers

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

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M&S Select Farms pork

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.

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

All about our British pork

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The M&S Select Farms quality seal

“Only the very best farms can be called M&S Select Farms,” explains M&S agricultural manager Tom Slay

Try a tasty Thai stir-fry

Our succulent pork shoulder is perfect in this fragrant recipe. Using store-cupboard shortcuts and fresh veg, it’s quick to make.

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A delicious summer recipe

This smoky, spicy barbecue pork loin with a crunchy apple slaw, from chef Chris Baber, will give your midweek menu a boost

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Our high standards

Because we only work with M&S Select Farmers, you can trust that they share our high welfare and environmental standards

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

Meet our beef farmer

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.

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All about our M&S Select Farms British beef

Cows in an M&S Select Farms field

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 priorities

“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.”

A black cow in the fields of one of our M&S Select Farms
Cooked steak on a chopping board

Top tip

“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.”

The sizzling steak sarnie

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.

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Where does our beef come from?

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.

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Strawberry farmer Will Overoode

Brilliant British strawberries

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.

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Amazing homegrown asparagus

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.

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Asparagus

A board with freshly cut strawberries

Make strawberries shine

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

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A colander filled with Jersey Royals

Give Jerseys a royal welcome

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

Inspiration this way

Purple asparagus in a dish

Get cooking asparagus

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

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The M&S Milk Pledge

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.

What we pay for our milk

Take a look at this chart to see the price per litre that M&S Food pays farmers for their milk. We pay more than any other major UK supermarket or retailer.

We’ve been in the top three retailers in this list for the past 21 years.

That’s because we care about paying the M&S Select Farmers who form our Milk Pool a fair price. Thanks to the M&S Milk Pledge, our farmers always get the best price possible for their milk.

A chart showing the prices supermarkets pay for milk
A basket of eggs

Always free-range eggs

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!

Food inspiration

Chef Chris Baber

Chris Baber’s recipes

Looking for kitchen inspiration? Chef Chris Baber's family recipes are here to help

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Glasses of fruit and vegetable juice

Time for a health kick

Hit the health hub for nutrition tips and advice on vegetarian, vegan and gluten-free diets

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Food inspiration

All the latest from our Foodhalls, plus recipe ideas and handy kitchen tips

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