A roast free range Christmas goose with all the trimmings is one of the most traditional of festive meals. Goose was historically used as the main centrepiece on the feast day of Michaelmas. This celebration came on the winter solstice and honoured the end of the harvest. Traditionally, in the British Isles, a well fattened goose, fed on the stubble from the fields after the harvest, was eaten to protect against financial need in the family for the next year; and as the saying goes:
“Eat a goose on Michaelmas Day, Want not for money all the year”.
Sometimes the day was also known as “Goose Day” and goose fairs were held. Today the famous Nottingham Goose Fair is still held on or around the 3rd of October. Over time the date has shifted and the festive bird became a feature of Christmas celebrations
Tradition aside, wonderful flavour, succulent meat, crispy skin makes goose a great choice plus all the tasty fat that will keep you in amazing roast potatoes for several months!
Appledore Free Range Christmas Geese
we source our birds from Appledore Geese – where Christmas Geese of the highest quality and taste are produced in the traditional way. Appledore Geese is family-run business with a farming heritage that dates back to 1940 when Grandfather Frank Wreathall first started rearing turkeys. Today Clive and Andrew Wreathall farm over 1,200 hectares of Crown Estate farmland on the Romney Marsh in Kent and are passionate about the food they produce. With eighty years of experience in rearing Christmas turkeys behind them they are now raising geese to the same high standards.
As an alternative to Christmas turkey, roast a Christmas goose is a classic choice – free-range and oozing with flavour is very hard to resist.
Free Range Christmas Goose orders for Muswell Hill and Crouch End
Don’t miss out: All Christmas goose orders need to made in one of our shops.
Free range geese – available in weights between 4kg to 6kg.
More about our Christmas geese here >>