Producing the Goods

Food and farming – making connections at Bristol

THE future of food and farming was explored in a lively debate at Bristol Food Connections when speakers, including Patrick Holden, the founder-director of the Sustainable Food Trust, discussed alternatives to the unhealthy trajectory of industrialised food production. The event took place at River Cottage Kitchen, and the debate was led by Peter Greig, founder…

Read more...

Summer cheese tasting at Quicke’s

THERE is an invitation for cheese lovers to a summer cheese tasting at Quicke’s Farm Shop in Newton St Cyres, near Exeter on Saturday 23rd June, from 10.30am. The award-winning Devon-based cheesemaker is paving the way for garden feasts this summer with a series of tasting sessions at the farm shop. The cheese tasting, hosted…

Read more...

Yerba mate importers are branching out

A YOUNG couple who travelled extensively in South America and returned to set up a herbal tea business at Shaftesbury are now established in Bath with their Yuyo range of organic infusions made with yerba mate. Many people wake up with a cup of coffee or tea, but in South America and some other parts…

Read more...

Lugger Rum from Lyme Bay Winery

LYME Bay Winery, based near Axminster, has created a new drink with links to the region’s colourful maritime history and traditions – Lugger Rum, Devon’s first spiced rum. Lugger Rum joins Lyme Bay’s Jack Ratt brand, inspired by notorious 18th century South Devon smuggler Jack Rattenbury. An adventurer and a rogue (albeit a loveable one)…

Read more...

Three decades of award-winning ice cream

IT seems hard to believe that it is 30 years since Purbeck dairy farmers Peter and Hazel Hartle faced the challenges of milk quotas by a diversification which has not only saved their farm but put Purbeck Ice Cream on the national food map. Hazel and Peter ran a 60 Friesian dairy herd on 126…

Read more...

Pipers Farm sausages for breakfast and barbecues

THE Devon-based online butcher, Pipers Farm is preparing for family feasts this summer with a range of natural, gluten-free sausages, ideal for picnics, barbecues and breakfasts – at home or by the campfire. Wholesome, succulent and full of flavour, these rusk, preservative and chemical-free sausages are handmade on the farm using slow-grown Saddleback pork shoulder,…

Read more...

New food event at Castle Cary

SATURDAY, 12th May, is Somerset Day, and it is also a new date in  Somerset’s food and drink calendar with the first Castle Cary Cheese and Cider Market at the Market House in Castle Cary, from 4 to 9pm. Local producers include Tom Calver from Westcombe Dairy doing his brick toasties, Bridge Farm Cider, Renegade…

Read more...