Local Producers – Curworthy Cheese

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 Curworthy Cheese.curworthy

Curworthy Cheese was established almost 30 years ago on Stockbeare Farm near Okehampton. Using milk from her own herd and from local dairy farms Rachel Stephens and her terms of expert cheesemakers produce their distinctive Devonshire cheeses.belstone (2)

The range includes the bestselling Devon Oke, a full-fat, mellow cheese made to a recipe dating back to the 17th century. It is typically matured for 5-6 months during which time the cheese develops a buttery, almost nutty flavour and delicious creamy texture.
Other cheeses include the Curworthy Meldon – a traditional Cheddar blended with Chiltern Ale,  mustard and garlic and encased in yellow wax, the Belstone – a version of the Devon Oke made using vegetarian rennet and the Chipple – mild Cheddar blended with fresh spring onions and encased in green wax.devon oke
The latest addition to the Curworthy family is the Dartmoor Chilli, a traditional Cheddar blended with chillies sourced from nearby Dartmoor Chilli Farm. The recipe has been changed for 2020 and the cheese is now made using Fatalli chillies for extra heat which perfectly compliments its natural mellow, sweetness.

The Curworthy cheeses are all available in both catering, bulk sizes and retail, ready to sell packs. Click here to view the entire range.

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Local Producers – Taw Valley Creamery

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 Taw Valley Creamery.taw valley creamery (2)Taw Valley Creamery have been producing their award-winning cheeses since 1974. Situated in the beautiful countryside around the town of North Tawton, the creamery produce Cheddar, Red Leicester and Double Gloucester cheeses using traditional cheese-making techniques and fresh, high quality milk sourced from surrounding farms. Part of the Arla Foods group, Taw Valley are passionate about producing the highest quality cheeses for their customers.

We stock a range of Taw Valley products including the delicious Taw Valley Tickler. To reach the Tickler range the cheese is graded throughout its maturation process to ensure it meets the right criteria. This extra mature cheese tawvalleyrange_ck6q-r8is strong and robust in flavour with distinctive salt crystals, giving it a wonderful crunchy texture. We also stock the delightfully creamy Taw Valley Mature which is strong and full-bodied with a slight sweetness and the mellow and smooth Taw Valley Mild with a firm, texture. All of the Taw Valley cheeses are available in 5kg and 2.5kg blocks as well as 200g and 400g retail packs. View the whole Taw Valley range here.

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Local Producers – Brookes Bacon

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 Brookes Bacon.brookesBrookes Bacon began in the mid 1980’s when the company supplied ham, cheese and pre-packed cooked meats to mainly wholesale and catering customers. In 1994 demand for sliced and pre-packed bacon from their customers increased and the business began to focus purely on bacon and gammon products.

smoked streaky baconBased in Dorset, Brookes Bacon are passionate about providing high quality European and British bacon and use modern technologies and the latest equipment to maintain the excellent and consistent quality that their customers expect.

We currently stock a wide range of Brookes bacon including catering packs of both smoked and unsmoked as well as streaky and smoked streaky bacon, all of which are available in individual packs of 2.25kg and cases of four 2.25kg packs. We also stock their back baconretail smoked and unsmoked bacon packs which are available in individual 450g and cases of 15x 450g packs. Their thick-cut gammon steaks are becoming increasingly popular and are available in 450g packs with two gammon steaks per pack and the thickly cut ribfree bacon is another great quality product, it is available in catering 2.25kg packs. Click here to view the full bacon range and discover your new favourite bacon.

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Local Producers – Langage Farm 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 Langage Farm Dairy.langage-farm-logoLangage Farm has been a working farmstead for over 900 years. Located in the rolling Devonshire hills the Harvey family began producing their now famous clotted cream in 1980 to supply a nearby shop. This small scale production soon grew and in 2003 with the expansion of the dairy, Langage moved across the clotted creamfields to a new farm in Smithaleigh. Today the farm employs around 50 people and a herd of 250 Jersey and Guernsey cows to produce their delicious range of clotted and double cream, luxury yogurts, thick and creamy natural yogurts and various flavours of ice cream.

We currently stock a range of the Langage Farm products including their clotted creams which are available in 57g, 113g, 200g and 907g pots, double cream which is available in 284ml bottles, natural yogurts available in 450g pots and luxury yogurts available in cases of 12, flavours include lemon curd, English raspberry, cherry and strawberry. We can also stock all flavours and sizes of Langage FarmLangage-layered-yogurts-web ice cream including traditional clotted cream vanilla, indulgent coffee mocha and festive Christmas pudding flavours available in 500ml and 4ltr tubs.

Langage Farm creams have become synonymous with delicious Devonshire products, click here to view the whole range of products and for more info.

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Local Producers – Jacksons Fishmongers

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 Jacksons Fishmongers.jacksons logo

A traditional fishmongers and smokehouse Jacksons Fishmongers was established in Newton Abbot in 1922. Sourcing the majority of their fish from nearby Brixham Jacksons focus on supplying sustainably caught fish and SmokedSalmonFillets (3)shellfish to their customers. All of the boats from which they buy their fish are endorsed by the Marine Stewardship Council and most are line caught in keeping with ethical guidelines or from boats adhering to the Responsible Fishing Scheme. Jacksons also produce their own smoked fish range using their on site smoker.

We stock a variety of Jacksons products including the smoked mackerel, peppered mackerel, smoked kippers and hot smoked trout which are all available in 100-200g retail packs. Recently we have also begun stocking their frozen salmon fillets which are available in individual 200g portions. Click here to view the full range and for more information.

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Local Producers – Chunk of Devon

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.vFT_ivXsChunk 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.

SteakAlePieCropThe 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 paCheddarBaconBombDeliCropsty 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.

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Shop Local: Farm Shops

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 shopMillers 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 thornes farm shopstrawberries 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.

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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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Powderham Food Festival

This Saturday 5th and Sunday 6th October Powderham Castle plays host to a foodie festival celebrating the finest South West food and drink producers.

Now in its eighth year the festival features cookery demonstrations from chefs Nick Evans from Rick Stein’s Cookery School, Jim Fisher from Exeter Cookery School and Great British Bake Off 2018 contestant Briony Williams. This year organisers will also be introducing four miniature ‘villages’ within the festival including Gin & Fizz, Feast of Fire, Wellness and Chocolate tents each with their own demonstrations and tasters.

Over 150 food and drink producers will be attending the event including our cornishblue_(3)favourite Cornish cheese producers the Cornish Cheese Co. and Cornish Gouda. The Cornish Cheese Co. have been making their award-winning cheese since 2001 and in 2010 their Cornish Blue scooped Champion Cheese at the World Cheese Awards. It is light and mild with a dense rich creaminess without the tang of traditional English blues and is best enjoyed young.
Cornish Gouda use milk from their own herd of Holstein cows and traditional Dutch cheese-making techniques to produce their ever popular Cornish Gouda. The medium Gouda is smooth and creamy with a distinct nutty flavour while the mature is rich and buttery with nods to indulgent caramel.

We hope you enjoy the festival!

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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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