Local Producers – W.F. Chinn

Here in Devon we are extremely lucky to have so many fantastic local producers on our doorstep – from artisan cheeses and bespoke blended teas to quality sausages and handmade puddings. In a time when consumers are increasingly concerned with low food miles and the provenance of their food, locality and the ‘shop local’ campaign have never been more apt. With this in mind we are producing a blog series on our local producers and their delicious products, this week focusing on W. F. Chinn.chinns 1 (2)Sausage manufacturer W F Chinn was established in 1950 in Crediton and is today owned by Tony and Rose Palmer who have made the business into the success that it is. Operating out of the original premises until 2007, they now work out of a purpose built factory which allowed them to expand the business while remaining in their Crediton home. All of their sausages are made using chinns 3 (2)meat sourced directly from local farms with a variety of flavours and sizes available from traditional pork sausages and chipolatas, classic pork & apple and cumberland to pork & smoky chorizo, pork & sweet chilli and succulent pork & caramelised red onion. Throughout the summer their high meat content beef and pork & apple burgers have been grilling on many a bbq – including our own! The full range is available to view here: http://www.iscafoods.co.uk/local-fresh-sausages/

Their sausages are available in 230g (roughly 4 sausages) and 450g (roughly 8 sausages), while their burgers are sold in trays of 4 and a new addition of sage and onion meatballs are available in trays of 12.

We have worked with Tony and Rose at W.F. Chinn for a number of years and their delicious range of sausages continue to be popular among our customers.

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British Food Fortnight!

Today marks the start of British Food Fortnight. Founded in 2002 the campaign focuses on encouraging caterers and retailers responsible for sourcing food for hospitals, schools and other food outlets to prioritise locally made produce -something we in turn are passionate about.

With the current political climate the campaign seems more relevant than ever and the benefits of buying British are numerous, from supporting local economy, low food miles and a lower carbon footprint to the trace-ability and welfare standards of British farmers.

Cheese
2465The majority of our cheeses are sourced directly from the farms where they are produced. Here in the South West we are extremely privileged with the number of fantastic artisan cheese makers around us. Taw Valley Creamery are based in North Tawton, Devon and use fresh, high quality milk sourced from surrounding farms to produce their award-winning Cheddars. Sharpham Cheese is produced on the Sharpham Estate in Totnes using rich milk from their own herd of Jersey cattle. Their unpasteurised ‘raw’ cheeses include the bestselling Rustic range with both Plain and Chive and Garlic versions available and the creamy Sharpham – a soft French Coulommier style cheese.

Fishfish
Jacksons Fishmongers in Newton Abbot are suppliers of our smoked fish selection including smoked mackerel, peppered mackerel, smoked trout and boned kippers. Purchasing the freshest fish from day boats coming in at nearby Brixham, they are passionate about sustainable fishing and all of their seafood comes from vessels certified by the Marine Stewardship Council or the Responsible Fish Scheme. All of the fish is then prepared and smoked on site.

Visit our website to view our entire product range, the majority of which is locally sourced from Devon and Cornwall and support a British producer today!

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Local Producers – Kitto’s Fine Westcountry Hams

Here in Devon we are extremely lucky to have so many fantastic local producers on our doorstep – from artisan cheeses and bespoke blended teas to quality sausages and handmade puddings. In a time when consumers are increasingly concerned with low food miles and the provenance of their food, locality and the ‘shop local’ campaign have never been more apt. With this in mind we are producing a blog series on our local producers and their delicious products, this week focusing on Kitto’s Fine Westcountry Hams.kitto's ham

Established in 1986 as the Peter Kitto Cooked Meat Company by Peter Kitto and Norman Walker the company started out producing not only their finest ham but also pork, garlic sausage, haslet and pastrami. In 1990 they made the decision to specialise solely on the production of high quality hams and soon were supplying businesses all around the country from their premises at Cattedown in Plymouth. They now produce their Finest Devon ham, Premium Honey Roast ham, Premium Westcountry ham and Oven Baked Ham of which we currently stock the Finest Devon and the Premium Honey Roast. Their Finest Devon ham has been the recipient of a number of awards including a Silver Award at the Great Taste Awards and is a firm favourite among our customers for its quality taste and delicious texture. Their Honey Roast ham is glazed with demerara sugar and honey to create a delicious sweet-cured ham which won Gold at the Great Taste Awards.  honeyroast ham (2)

Both of these hams are available in whole joints of 6-7kg, joints cut in ½ (3-4kg) and in retail pre-packs of 110g with an average of 3 slices per pack and our whole range of hams can be viewed here: http://www.iscafoods.co.uk/cooked-meats/ham/.

The Kitto’s ham range is one of our bestselling lines for its consistent quality and competitive price. The bulk joints are ideal for the catering sector while the retail packs are great fridge staples to make sandwiches, ploughmans and of course the classic ham, egg and chips lunch!

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Cheese Showcase: Stilton

stiltonOur Blue Stilton is made at the Tuxford & Tebbutt creamery in Melton Mowbray, famed as being one of only six creameries permitted to make traditional Blue Stilton after the cheese was granted protected designation of origin.

The ‘King of English cheeses’ has been produced at the creamery since 1780 and today is as popular as ever. The producers at Arla’s Tuxford & Tebbutt creamery focus on traditional methods while making the cheese including using open vats and individually maturing and grading each cheese.

This traditional approach results in a rich and complex cheese that has a deliciously smooth creaminess and wonderful crumbly texture. It is currently available in whole 4kg rounds, 2kg ½ moons and in retail 200g packs.

stilton 2 (2)There are many ways of enjoying Stilton either simply as part of an after dinner cheeseboard with crackers, grapes, celery and chutney with perhaps a glass of port or baked into souffles for those more adventurous. At this time of year we’ve been enjoying it in a light salad for lunch with pear, walnuts and prosciutto parma ham with a balsamic dressing which we would highly recommend!

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Local Producers – Waterhouse Fayre

Here in Devon we are extremely lucky to have so many fantastic local producers on our doorstep – from artisan cheeses and bespoke blended teas to quality sausages and handmade puddings. In a time when consumers are increasingly concerned with low food miles and the provenance of their food, locality and the ‘shop local’ campaign have never been more apt. With this in mind we are producing a blog series on all of our local producers and their delicious products, starting this week with Waterhouse Fayre.

waterhouse fayre

Established in 2004 by Ann Stallard, the business began as a way of selling jam made using surplus fruit left over from growing for local restaurants and hotels. However within two years they had to stop selling the fruit as they needed it all for their now very popular jams and chutneys. With the business expanding Ann made the decision to move from their North Devon premises to a more central location in Mid Devon, allowing them to increase their fruit patch and keep up with demand.

pond weeedDespite the sheer quantity of jams and chutneys now being produced, all of their products are still made in small batches to retain the traditional, homemade feel and flavour that is so integral to the businesses success. There are now a wide range of flavours and varieties available from traditional raspberry jam and red onion marmalade to more modern flavours such as their gin & orange marmalade and Exmoor pond weed chutney – made using green tomatoes and chilli. Our personal favourite is the whortleberry jam which has a lovely delicate sweetness and is made from wild Dartmoor and Exmoor blueberries.

Waterhouse Fayre retail sizes are available in trays of six while catering sizes of their most popular jams and chutneys are available in 3.4kg tubs. Their entire range can be viewed here: http://www.iscafoods.co.uk/devon-chutneys-jam-preserves/ however it is constantly being extended so please let us know if you have seen something that we haven’t listed.

We absolutely love the Waterhouse Fayre products and as the range is constantly being extended and updated there is always something new to discover.

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Chunk of Devon Autumn Offers

lamb maroc pastySo that’s it, most schools re-open for the autumn term today and for many the summer is essentially over. We’ve already had customers request our Christmas brochure and seen more than one pumpkin spiced latte on our Instagram feed. It certainly won’t be long before the leaves begin to turn delightful shades of auburn and we begin to yearn for some warm and nourishing comfort food.

This month Chunk of Devon have two products on special offer with 20% off, one of which is the delicious Sheep pie. Tender chunks of lamb and mutton are mixed with a redcurrant and mint gravy before being wrapped in Chunk’s signature buttery shortcrust pastry. Also on special offer is the Lamb Maroc pasty which we have to admit is one of our favourites. Full of juicy free range lamb, potato and sun-dried tomatoes mixed with fresh rosemary and caraway seeds – this pays homage to the origins of the pasty which is believed to be from the South Mediterranean. sheep pie

Both of these products are available in deli un-wrapped cases, individually wrapped cases and singles and frozen un-baked cases. Contact us to place an order or visit http://www.iscafoods.co.uk/chunk-of-devon/ to view the full range.

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