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 Cornish Olive Stall.
Cornish Olive Stall source the best olives from around the world and combine them with delicious home made marinades from their premises in St Austell, Cornwall. Founded and run by husband and wife Steve and Nikki Magill the Cornish Olive Stall differ from mass produced olives in that they are not stored in a salty brine or oil only in their own light marinade and are much larger and juicier than their supermarket counterparts. Packed in practical, stand up pouches they are perfect stored at ambient temperatures without the need for preservatives and, when ready to eat, remain as fresh as when they were packed.
The current range features 11 different flavours including the award-winning The Mix, a more-ish mix of pitted green Halkidiki and Kalamata olives marinated with orange, thyme and coriander seeds and Lemon, pitted green Halkidiki olives in a lemon, tarragon and parsley marinade. Our favourite flavour is the Basil Pesto, simply big green Halkidiki olives in a rich basil pesto marinade which we love! All flavours are available in retail 200g pouches and 1kg catering bags and the full range is available to view here.
As the International Cheese Awards kick off today and continues tomorrow, we’ve been thinking about the many awards our products and their producers have won over the years. From the South West based Taste of the West to the British Cheese Awards and even international accolades we are so lucky to have some of the best food the UK has to offer right here on our doorstep!
Waterhouse Fayre have been winners at the annual Taste of the West Awards for a number of years. Their signature strawberry jam has been a double Gold award winner and this year their blackcurrant and raspberry jams both won Silver, while their new turmeric and Somerset cider & apple chutneys both showcased with Gold. Ann Stallard established Waterhouse Fayre back in 2004 and since then the company has grown and morphed into a recognisable Devon brand. Her intriguing mix of flavours and balance of new and traditional means that there is always something new to discover.
Lynher Dairies has been a regular face at cheese awards up and down the country and this year their Cornish Yarg won Gold at the British Cheese Awards and the Wild Garlic variety won Silver. New for this year was their Cornish Kern which was internationally recognised at the World Cheese Awards being named Supreme Champion. Based in Ponsanooth, Cornwall this small artisan dairy is one of the most successful of its kind in the country.
Chunk of Devon are also no stranger to awards with over 100 going to their pies, pasties and savories – in 2009 their Steak pasty even won Best Cornish Pasty at the British Pie Awards! From Taste of the West alone this year they won Gold for their Venison & Port pie, Steak pasty, Homity pie, Chicken, Mushroom & Tarragon pie and Squealer Pork pie. Their melt in the mouth, buttery pastry and use of locally sourced ingredients wherever possible ensures a great Devonian product. This year they have also launched a vegan friendly pasty made using wholemeal flour and a pea glaze with delicious roasted vegetables, there is something for everyone to enjoy!
Cornish Olive Stall olives have become bestsellers since we started stocking them last year. A small, family run business based in St Austell they have sourced the best olives from around the world and combined them with delicious homemade marinades to create mouth-wateringly good flavours. The judges at this years Taste of the West certainly thought so with the Garlic & Rosemary winning Gold and Basil Pesto olives winning Silver awards respectively. With so many great flavours available and even simple Pitted Green for you to experiment on your own, these olives are certainly worthy of their awards!
The vast number of awards going to these local producers is testament to their hard work, dedication and passion. Congratulations to you all!