Producer Profile: Hogan's Farm

Published on: 10th April 2020 @ 11:53 AM


Hogan’s Farm is a family run turkey farm and fresh turkey production site. The Hogan family have been rearing and producing turkeys for over 55 years and they have always had local people come to visit the farm for their piece of turkey. In 2005 they decided to open up a small farm shop on site to sell their turkey and other local produce and the range has grown ever since!

Now, in it’s second generation, Hogan’s Farm is managed by Fintan and Paul along with their wives Hilda and Sandra and they consider themselves a true family business as some of their staff have been with the company for over 25 years!

Currently employing over 20 people, they are a proud local employer and it is their aim to keep this number growing. We sat down with Niamh recently to have a chat and find out a bit more about Hogan’s Farms.

As “The Turkey Store & More..” Hogan’s Farm have a wide range of fresh turkey products, as they felt it was important to showcase the best of what they can produce and promote the benefits of turkey. The fact that it is high in protein and a low fat, leaner meat option along with its versatility on how it can be eaten throughout the week. They also offer a wide range of other fresh meats , from local suppliers and butchers and including their very own Charlesfort Belted Galloway beef when it is available from their own stock. The Farm Shop stocks the usual cupboard essentials, fresh fruit and local veg along with fresh baked breads from their local bakery daily also.

We asked Niamh what she felt the positive and negatives were of being in the Irish food industry-

“There is a great desire out there to support producers and Irish Food and more so in recent years. It is a tough industry, I think people think the longer you are in the industry the easier it is! But the grass is not greener, it is difficult we have had to constantly adapt and change but that keeps it interesting too. Being kept on your toes makes each day different and that’s a positive thing I think!

Not really a negative but one thing about the Irish Food Industry there are a lot of ‘experts’ out there and I just would like to advise anyone starting out that there is a lot of support and take it , listen to everyone, an outside view is always necessary to give perspective and sometimes make you look at things differently but make your own decisions, you know your product and business  better than anyone. There is no rule book to follow, be prepared to work very hard but the satisfaction you get from seeing your product on shelf and enjoyed by other families, there is no other feeling like it !!”

What does being a member of Boyne Valley Flavours mean for the business?

“A great sense of community and support. Being part of Boyne Valley Flavours is bigger than just each business, as a collective we are a strong community of support for the region, for Irish food industry and for each other. As most members are family run businesses, we might produce or operate differently but when you break it down the challenges are very similar so as a community you can talk it out, it’s supporting each other all while collectively promoting each other and the region. It is hugely important and we are so glad to be part of it.”

Hogan’s Farm have recently begun producing their very own range of Belted Galloway called the Charlesfort Belties born and raised on their farm and grass fed. They will soon have some fresh belted Galloway beef and as a new venture will be selling Beltie Boxes direct from their online shop and instore and would love to get some local chefs in the region to try it out too if any are reading this! 

All of Hogan’s Farms fantastic products are available on their online shop https://www.hogansfarm.ie/  and as part of Boyne Valley Producer’s Food Boxes available now at www.greatnorthernlarder.com and at Hogan’s Farm Shop which is located in Cortown, Kells, Co. Meath, A82R7V7.

Check out this delicious recipe for Turkey Steaks with Citrus Crumb and Veggie Mash

Turkey Steaks with Citrus Crumb and Veggie Mash 

Cook Time Servings: 

Calories per Serving 25 mins 2 689( ref: my fitness pal) 

Can divide into 4 ( 1 steak each and divide mash which makes it 345 calories per portion.

Ingredients 

1 tablespoon plain flour 

4 pack Hogan’s Farm turkey breast steaks (available on their online shop)

1 large egg 

2 tablespoons of oil ( sunflower) 

100g fresh breadcrumbs 

8 cherry tomatoes 

Zest of 1 lemon 

350g broccoli and 300g peans ( fresh or frozen) 

Small handful parsley / 1⁄2 tsp dried parsley 

2 tablespoons of pesto (can change this to salt & pepper with knob of butter ) 

Method 

Heat your fan oven to 180 °.Put your flour into a wide shallow bowl/ plate and season with salt & pepper. In another shallow wide bowl, Whisk the eggs with a tablespoon of water . Into another mixing bowl, add breadcrumbs, lemon zest and parsley and mix. Dip each turkey steak side into the flour, shaking off any excess, then into the eggs and then into the breadcrumb mixture. Press the breadcrumbs onto each steak to make sure they stick. Drizzle a large baking tray with the oil, place steaks down and bake for 20 mins. Add the cherry tomatoes to the tray for the last 5 mins of baking. Meanwhile, boil your vegetables in water, when cooked drain and steam dry for 2 minutes. Add the pesto and mash. Divide the mash and the turkey steaks on two plates and enjoy!

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