If you have visited our unit recently you may be aware of the building work going on around us. We are currently in the process of extending our unit to include a much larger refrigeration space, new bespoke packing and production rooms and improved office space. Perhaps most importantly for us and our customers is the extension of the fridge which will enable us to begin stocking a wider variety of new and exciting products in the new year. The photographs below show the whole extension process from clearing the area behind our current unit to our products back on the shelves in their home:
We are already noticing a difference with how much space we now have. While our office extension remain ongoing the fridge and production rooms are now completed. We can’t wait to begin filling the new refrigeration space with brand new delicious products in the new year!
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 Devon Choice.
Devon Choice supply the majority of our retail packed bacon. Based in Teignmouth they have been supplying traditional bacon and cooked meats throughout the South West since 1975. A small family owned business, Devon Choice rely on their consistent quality and value from the same high quality pork supplier to keep loyal customers returning time and time again. Originally supplying back bacon and speciality hams they are now able to smoke their own bacon over traditional oak chippings, resulting in a unique and delicious flavour.
We currently stock lean English cured back bacon, smoked back, streaky and smoked streaky bacon all of which are full of flavour and available in both 2.27kg catering packs and 200g retail packs. The Devon Choice dry-cured bacon has become a bestseller, naturally dry cured for up to two months the result is a strong tasting, robust flavoured bacon. Click here to view the full range.
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 Sharpham.Cheese-making on the Sharpham Estate began in 1981 in the eighteenth century coach yard of Sharpham house. In 2003 the team moved to a purpose built creamery on the estate which allowed them to scale up production while retaining the traditional techniques that had made their cheeses so popular. All Sharpham cheeses are handmade by expert cheese-makers using the rich, unpasteurised milk from their own herd of Jersey cattle. The unpasteurised or raw-milk used to make their cheeses results in a completely unique flavour that changes seasonally with the climate, temperature and the feed given to cows.
The Sharpham range includes the award-winning Sharpham Rustic, a semi-hard cheese with mellow, creamy flavours and fresh lemony undertones when young developing into a slight nuttiness once matured. This Rustic cheese is also available in a Chive & Garlic version made with freshly pureed garlic which adds a delightfully savoury flavour to this creamy cheese.
The Sharpham is their soft cheese, often described as a brie or French Coulommier style cheese, it has a unique buttery flavour and soft, creamy texture.
Ticklemore Goat was originally made by Robin Congdon of Ticklemore Dairy but is now made by Sharpham. A light and delicate goat’s cheese it has a moist, crumbly texture and subtle zesty flavour.
Click here to view the whole Sharpham range and for more info.
Cheese and fruit have been paired together for centuries, the Romans blended their cheeses with fruit and herbs, the Dutch began adding cumin to their Gouda in the 17th century and today creameries regularly experiment with an assortment of flavours from Sticky Toffee Cheddar to festive Wensleydale & Cranberry, traditional Sage Derby to Stilton with Strawberries and Champagne. We explore our favourite fruity cheeses below.
Perhaps the most popular flavoured cheese is the Wensleydale & Cranberry. Many varieties of this classic can be found throughout the country and our version is made by Ford Farm in Dorset. The creamy, slightly crumbly Wensleydale provides the perfect base for the sweet and sharp contrast of cranberries and is Ford Farm’s take on the original Yorkshire recipe. This cheese is available in both catering 1.5kg half-moons and 150g retail packs.
The White Stilton with Date & Orange was recently our cheese of the week, it’s soft autumnal colours perfectly lending it to the season. Made by the Cropwell Bishop Creamery as part of their Speciality range, this is a mild, creamy cheese infused with tangy orange and sweet dates. We would recommend this as an alternative to dessert or as part of an after dinner cheeseboard. It is available in 1kg half-moon as well as 120g pre-packs.
The Snowdonia Cheese Company’s waxed truckles soar in popularity at this time of year. The Nature’s Nectar orange waxed cheese is a personal favourite, bursting with figs, honey and rich, fruity dark rum it makes a delicious and unique addition to any cheeseboard and is available in 200g waxed truckles.
Discover something new for your festive cheeseboard (or just for your Friday night cheese fix!) and browse our range of flavoured cheeses here.
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 Chunk of Devon.Chunk of Devon are producers of award-winning pies and pasties made on their premises in Ottery St Mary. Beginning out of the back of a small butchers shop the business was taken on in 2006 by Simon and Suzi Bryon-Edmond both of whom came from catering backgrounds with a belief that food should be ‘simple, tasty and natural’. Chunk of Devon products can now be found throughout the county and their delicious pies, pasties and savouries are now available in a variety of mouth-watering flavours all made using locally sourced ingredients.
The Chunk pie selection includes the Kickin’ Chicken pie made with lightly spiced chicken, onions, tomatoes and peppers in a creamy curry sauce, Steak & Ale pie made using Otter Ale brewed at nearby Otter Brewery and locally sourced beef and the Chicken & Bacon pie made with smoked bacon, chicken and leeks in a creamy white wine sauce. All of the pies are wrapped in Chunk’s signature buttery shortcrust pastry and are available in wrapped individual, deli-unwrapped cases and frozen unbaked cases, click here to view the whole range of pies.
Their pasties are made using the same traditional shortcrust pastry recipe and include flavours such as the Chicken & Chorizo pasty full of smoky chorizo, salsa, red onion and smoked paprika, Steak & Blue pasty made using free-range beef and tangy Stilton and the Roasted Vegetable pasty with sweet potato, butternut squash and red onion which is now also suitable for vegans. The full range of pasties can be viewed here.
The savoury selection includes the original Chunki Sausage Roll wrapped in buttery puff pasty, the Cheese and Bacon Crown made with mature Cheddar, smoked bacon and onions and topped with tomato and new for this year, the Spinach, Squash and Cheese Roll full of butternut squash, spinach, sun-blushed tomatoes, goats cheese and brie. For more information on the savoury selection click here.
Just in time for the festive season Chunk of Devon have also recently released a range of buffet-style gourmet minis which are available in frozen baked cases of 60 with 20x Ultimate Steak pies, 20x Chicken, Leek & Bacon pies and 20x Roasted Vegetable pasties in each case. Click here for more info.
There is a certain feeling about walking into a farm shop, a sense of excitement and anticipation of something new just waiting to be discovered among the locally made chutneys, artisan breads, small batch cheeses and handmade cakes. The experience is far removed from that of supermarket sterile-ness, lucid lighting and endless, uninspiring aisles full of generic goods identical to those from up and down the country from which we mindlessly select the same products week after week.
Many farm shops are now day out destinations boasting not only their award-winning produce but also catering to the whole family with children’s play areas, live music events, supplier tastings, fantastic cafes and the opportunity to feed and/or play with the farm animals. The growing popularity of farm shops in recent years can be seen in the physical size of them; most shops began as small sheds selling only surplus fruit and vegetables yet today they are sprawling cornucopias bursting with an array of local products and often similarly packed with a number of discerning customers.
Millers Farm Shop was established in 1979 by Malcolm Miller and his family who committed to selling a range of locally sourced produce alongside home grown vegetables and seasonal plants. Described on their website as an ‘Aladdin’s cave’ of the ‘most sumptuous food imaginable’ Millers Farm Shop perhaps epitomises the ethos of the farm shop. The family run business currently stocks delicious breads, pastries and pies, artisan cheeses, sliced meats and pâté, fresh fish, local milk and creams, artisanal gins and liqueurs and more. Their incredibly knowledgeable staff are passionate about their products and the friendly, relaxed atmosphere generated at the shop encourages repeat custom.
Thornes Farm has been owned by Anthony Thorne since 1986 and the farm shop was established in 1992 after locals started asking to buy the farms famous strawberries directly. Today they also supply their range of soft fruits and vegetables to other local shops and wholesalers. The farm shop itself stocks a wide variety of delicious locally made products including a range of Devon blended teas and coffees, local eggs, creams, yogurts and butters, wines, ales and soft drinks among so much more. They also offer a ‘Pick your Own’ service encouraging their customers to enjoy the best produce currently in season and following an hour or so out picking your own food their cafe provides the perfect place to relax and unwind in the peaceful Devonshire countryside while enjoying delicious handmade food.
We are really spoilt for choice for quality farm shops here in Devon and we could have mentioned so many more in this blog. This weekend why not browse one near you, you might discover something amazing.
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.
Established 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.
The name Bonfire Night evokes strong memories of cosying up around a roaring fire and enjoying a hot, comforting meal before bundling up in scarves and coats and setting off to a public firework display, or lighting some Catherine wheels and a few sparklers out in the garden. It is also undoubtedly a fantastic opportunity for food retailers; in 2018 research suggested that Brit’s would spend up to £316 million enjoying bonfire night with £62 million of this solely on food and drink.
Bonfire night staples include comforting sausage recipes such as this Toad in the Hole recipe for a Catherine wheel twist on a classic from BBC Good Food. Stock up on some W.F Chinn pork chipolatas or Cumberland sausages for other classics like simple bangers and mash or this Westcountry cider and apple casserole.
Our Bonfire smoked cheese seems like it was made for bonfire night! It’s mellow, smoky flavour and subtle paprika coating would work well in traditional Welsh rarebit or simple cheese on toast, a deliciously homely, winter snack that is ready in minutes, steaming hot and oozing with rich, savoury flavours.
Pumpkins and squash are in abundance at this time of year and you’re probably already well stocked up on them. Post Halloween encourage customers not to waste the fleshy interior but save it to make this indulgent pumpkin mac ‘n’ cheese instead. It would work with most cheeses but we’d recommend a rich, mature Cheddar such as our Taw Valley Tickler or Haystack Tasty.
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