Producing the Goods

Apple trees provide habitats for wildlife

MORE than 50 apple trees have been planted at Montacute House, expanding orchards that provide vital habitat for wildlife in the south west. The trees are part of the Tidnor National Collection of more than 150 varieties, which was saved by the National Trust in 2016. Orchards have been planted at Barrington Court and Tintinhull…

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Milk station at The Apple Tree Farm Shop

THE Apple Tree Farm Shop at Brimsmore Gardens in Yeovil has installed a milk station, which dispenses semi-skimmed milk from Trewithen Dairy in Cornwall. Adding to the multi-award-winning farm shop’s growing list of green credentials, the new milk station will help customers reduce their single-use plastic waste, while continuing to support a dairy that practises…

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Pirates of the courthouse

THERE is an invitation to get in touch with your inner Long John Silver or Captain Jack Sparrow at an evening celebrating the heritage of rum, at Shire Hall Historic Courthouse Museum in Dorchester on 13th March from 7pm. Master mixologists Lloyd Brown and David Smith from Dark Bear Co will be mix up some…

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Michael Eavis opens Frome’s Milk Station

DAIRY farmer and founder of Glastonbury Festival Michael Eavis, who is a supporter and friend of Frome’s Cheese & Grain, visited the venue to launch the new milk vending machine in the foyer. The venture is the initiative of dairy farmer Andy Salmon at Tytherington Milk Station, at Bullsbridge Farm in the village of Tytherington…

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Food and drink from the sea

FEBRUARY has seen the launch of #DorsetAquaBites, a campaign by the Dorset Local Enterprise Partnership, showcasing the county’s aquaculture, with the aim of making Dorset an international leader in this growing food and drink sector. Aquaculture is the breeding, rearing and harvesting of marine algae, seaweed, fish and molluscs, in all types of water environment….

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The Cheese Box opens at Quicke’s Home Farm

DEVON-based cheesemaker Quicke’s is opening a new cheese counter and tasting room on Saturday 25th January, at the family’s Home Farm near Crediton. The new store, which will be launched with a tutored tasting event led by Stuart Dowle, replaces Quicke’s Farm Shop. It will focus on cheese from the South West, along with a…

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A yuletide truckle from Quicke’s,

CHRISTMAS is a time when most cheese-lovers enjoy some special treats, whether it’s a great Stilton (with or without port) or one of the country’s finest traditional Cheddars, for which we are spoiled for choice! Among the best are the three great Somerset traditional farmhouse Cheddars, from Keens near Wincanton, Montgomerys of North Cadbury and…

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