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Deer & Dexter is owned and run by us - that's Jane Emerson and Peter Stoeken - and is based on a 210 acre farm near Penrith on the northern edge of the Lake District national park in Cumbria.  

Our history 
We started our working lives in forestry and landscaping but really wanted to manage our own land.

In 1987 we bought our first deer and took our first steps in farming. In 1990, we extended our 7 acre small-holding by 90 acres. Since then we have survived all sorts of challenges, increased our land holding even further and developed our farm and business into something we think is special. 

In 2001, post foot & mouth disease - after we lost all our stock, we had the opportunity to make significant changes. We knew that if we wanted to carry on farming then we needed to make the business more sustainable. We made two key changes; we started to add value by marketing meat rather then finished livestock and we introduced cattle to our farm. From a few small sales late in 2004 we now sell everything we produce and have our our own licensed slaughterhouse and cutting plant on the farm. 

Our team
We love what we do - as anyone who has been shown around the farm will know from our enthusiasm - and we are fortunate to have a great team working with us; Steve helps Peter on the farm with butcher Rob helping out when all the meat's cut for the week and butchers Mandy, Rob & Joe. There is no way that we could manage without them.  

Our commitment
Red deer and Dexter cattle are great to work with, the Cumbrian landscape we work in is beautiful and we enjoy producing high quality meat in a way that fits with our personal beliefs.

Farming in upland areas such as ours is tough but we hope that we have found ways of turning some of the disadvantages into opportunities.  We wouldn’t want to do anything other than what we do and we wouldn't want to do it anywhere else!


 


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FREE DELIVERY on orders over £100. Under £100 we charge £12 to cover the cost of the next day courier service. We have a minimum order value of £35 excluding delivery.  Please see Terms page for details.

Our next events and market's are:   JUNE - Fri 2nd - Grasmere Farmers Market; Sat 3rd Barnard Castle Farmer Market; Sat 10th - Orton Farmers Market; Fri 16th -Cartmel Local Producers Market; Sun 18th - Askham Hall Summer Fete; Tues 20th - Penrith Farmers Market; Sat 24th - Brampton Farmers Market; Fri 30th - Kendal Farmers Market. JULY - Sat 1st - Barnard Castle Farmer Market; Sat 8th - Orton Farmers Market.
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