Local Producers – Wessex Country Gammons

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 Wessex Country Gammons.

cooked hamEstablished in 1987 at Vine Close Farm in Wimborne, Dorset, Wessex Country Gammons began as a producer of quality cooked hams before expanding their range to include beef, turkey and continental deli meats. Hams are very much still the focus with a range including honey glazed, hickory smoked, golden breadcrumb and natural ham. Extreme care is taken to ensure that all of their meat is sourced from RSPCA assured farms with the highest welfare standards ensuring the best taste for their customers.

We currently stock their whole 3kg cooked gammon ham, whole 3kg honey roasted gammon ham and sliced retail gammon hams available in 250g and 500g packs and the whole range is available to view here.

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Award-Winning Cheeses!

Last week was the prestigious World Cheese Awards this year held in Bergamo, Italy as part of the city’s annual FORME cheese festival. A record 3804 cheeses were entered to be judged in a single day by teams of technical experts, buyers, retailers and food writers on their colour, texture, consistency and taste. A number of our local cheeses were recipients of awards ranging from Bronze to Gold including Sharpham Cheese, Quicke’s Cheese, the Cornish Cheese Co and Lynher Dairies.

Sharpham Rustic with Chive & Garlic
rustic chiveMade by Sharpham Dairy on the Sharpham Estate in Totnes, South Devon this won Silver at the World Cheese Awards last week. A semi-hard unpasteurised cheese made from Jersey cows milk it is full of rich, pungent garlic flavours underlined by a lovely creaminess with a soft, edible white rind. The team at Sharpham employ traditional techniques paired with a wealth of expertise to create their range of fantastic cheeses and are certainly no strangers to awards. Their Rustic Plain, sister cheese to the chive version, won Gold at last years International Cheese Awards while the Ticklemore Goat also won Silver at the World Cheese awards this year. Their range of cheeses are available in whole 1kg rounds as well as 150g retail packs.

Cornish Yarg
This wild nettle wrapped cheese is made by Lynher Dairies on their farm in ruralcornish yarg Cornwall using milk from both their own herd of Ayrshire cows and cows from carefully selected local farms. The nettles are hand picked from hedgerows in early spring and then frozen so that they last all year round. Wrapped around the cheese before the 4-5 week maturation, the leaves impart a delicate, mushroom flavour and the nettles themselves develop an attractive white bloom. This is a deliciously fresh and creamy cheese which clearly appealed to the judges as it won Gold at this years awards. Other cheeses made by the dairy have also been the recipient of many awards over the years including the prestigious Supreme Champion at the 2017 World Cheese Awards for their Cornish Kern and their Wild Garlic wrapped Yarg also won Gold at this years awards. The Yarg is available in whole 3kg rounds as well as 150g retail packs.

Congratulations to all winners at the World Cheese Awards!

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Cheese Showcase: Quicke’s Devonshire Red

The Quicke’s have been farming their land on Home Farm in Newton St Cyres for the last 500 years and producing their award-winning cheeses for the last 45. Using recipes passed down through generations, their nine expert cheese makers individually craft each cheese by hand using milk from the Quicke’s own herd of hybrid cows.

All of the cheeses are slowly matured in their ‘cathedral of cheese’; cool and dark this hall allows the cheeses to develop their characteristic rind displaying a range of colours and textures from green and grey to blue and orange. Turned every 10 days to maintain an even texture, some cheeses remain here for up to two years during which time their unique flavours begin to emerge.

Devonshire Red is the Quicke’s take on a classic Red Leicester. Matured for around six months it is a vibrant, full bodied cheese infused with natural annatto for a rich, orange hue and delightfully nutty flavour. It is fresher than other Quicke’s Cheddars yet retains a lovely creaminess and crumbly texture.

The Devonshire Red is available in individual 150g retail packs and the full range of Quicke’s cheeses are available to view here.

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Local Producers – Georgie Porgie’s Puddings

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 Georgie Porgie’s Puddings.georgie porgie

Georgie Porgie’s Puddings was established by George Hollywood in 1994 originally producing traditional steamed Christmas puddings. Soon the business began to expand and today Georgie Porgie’s produce a variety of traditional puddings as well as steamed sponges on their premises in Budleigh Salterton, East Devon. Each pudding is handmade using the finest ingredients by expert pudding chefs to original recipes and all of them truly taste delicious.

chocolate-orange-and-baileys-group-1The range of fruit puddings includes the summery lemon & Pimms and zesty orange & Cointreau as well as our favourite the decadent chocolate orange & Baileys and the one that started it all, their flagship traditional Christmas pudding.

In 2001 the business broadened to include classic steamed sponges available in four different flavours from traditional spotted dick and treacle sponge to sticky toffee and strawberry jam varieties. The muslin wrapped fruit puddings are available in both 5oz (142g) and 16oz (454g) portions while the sponges are available in single 100g and make a sumptuous treat. ultimate gin pudding

George is continuously expanding the range and this year to mark the business’s 25th anniversary he has teamed up with Exeter Gin to produce the Ultimate Gin Pudding packed with fruit and bursting with citrus flavours and of course gin, available as an individual 16oz (454g) pudding.

Georgie Porgie’s Puddings continue to grow and expand with their deliciously flavoured sponges and puddings made in keeping to traditional methods proving that fruit puddings are not just for Christmas! Click here for more info and to see the entire Georgie Porgie range.

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Seafood Week

This week is National Seafood Week, an annual campaign celebrating the wide variety of fish and shellfish available in the UK. Organised by Seafish, a Non-Departmental Public Body set up to support the £10 billion UK seafood industry, the campaign has been running since 2015 and focuses on encouraging people to consume more seafood more often and promoting seafood as a healthy, sustainable food source.

fishWe currently stock a variety of seafood from fresh smoked mackerel to frozen salmon fillets. Our fresh fish is sourced from Jacksons Fishmongers. Based in Newton Abbot and passionate about sustainable fishing, Jacksons purchase the freshest fish from vessels coming in to nearby Brixham and prepare and smoke their fish on site. We stock their smoked mackerel, peppered mackerel and smoked kippers which are available in fresh 150g retail packs. We also stock their fresh smoked trout which is available in 100g retail packs. All fish is naturally rich in essential nutrients and oily fish such as mackerel even more so making it a healthy food source. Why not try it in a light, creamy pate with sourdough toast or try an Asian style noodle dish with teriyaki and lemon?

Our frozen fish range is sourced from M&J Seafood and includes cod, haddock, SmokedHaddock (2)smoked haddock and salmon fillets which are all available in 150-200g retail packs. M&J Seafood was founded in 1978 and today they continue to work to purchase the freshest fish and shellfish available from sustainable sources. Their ethos is based on no-nonsense, honest fishmongery from expert, award-winning fishmongers. This Seafood Week enjoy an old fashioned fish supper using our cod or haddock fillets or make some fragrant salmon fishcakes with lemon and dill.
To view our entire range of fish click here.

We are lucky to live in a country rich with seafood from River Exe mussels to shoals of mackerel to Scottish salmon. Seafood Week can encourage us to try something new or revert to a comforting favourite; however you choose to celebrate we hope you enjoy Seafood Week.

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Local Producers – Sutton Lucy Dairy

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 Sutton Lucy Dairy. sutton lucy

Sutton Lucy Dairy was established in 2017 by husband and wife Rebecca and Phillip Cook. Following the closure of two local dairies they began sourcing milk and cream for their farm shop in Honiton from dairies in Cornwall. However customers soon began to question why they were not stocking Devonshire products and the idea of opening their own dairy was realised. Today they have two herds of Holstein and Jersey cows and produce a variety of creams, yogurts and milk for their now thriving business.

sutton lucy creamThe dairy’s ethos focuses on providing the best care and respect for their cows which results in delicious, high quality milk. We currently stock their thick and creamy natural yogurts which are available in both 500g and 140g pots and their single and double creams which are available in 142ml and 284ml bottles. The full range is available to view here: http://www.iscafoods.co.uk/sutton-lucy-dairy/. We can also stock their various flavoured yogurts including our favourite lemon curd yogurt and sweet toffee yogurts although these do require a pre-order.

Sutton Lucy Dairy’s wonderfully creamy yogurts and luxurious creams are increasingly popular among our customers for their delicious flavour, locality and animal welfare ethos.

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Local Producers – Devonshire Tea

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 Devonshire Tea.

devonshire tea 2Devonshire Tea are East Devon based producers of bespoke blended teas made with high quality, ethically sourced ingredients. Their range currently includes Classic Breakfast, their flagship blend of teas from Indian ethical estates, Earl Grey, a fragrant blend delicately scented with bergamot and Delightful Afternoon, a blend of bold Assam and delicate Darjeeling. We also stock their Blend Selection which is a collection of all three of these blends.

devonshire teaAll of their teas are sourced from ethical estates monitored by the Ethical Tea Partnership.
The majority of teabags are heat sealed with glue containing plastics and while these are not harmful to consume, they mean that the teabag is not compostable. In contrast the Devonshire Tea teabags are folded and ‘stitched’ closed.

Devonshire Tea products are available in catering foodservice cases of 200 individually wrapped teabags and retail cases containing six cartons of 20 individually wrapped teabags. The full range and more information is available to view here: http://www.iscafoods.co.uk/devonshire-tea/.

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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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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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