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Lesley judges Brimsmore’s bake-off

HOME bakers and preserve makers impressed chef and cookery writer Lesley Waters when she judged  Brimsmore Gardens’ Baking and Making Competition at the Yeovil garden centre. Lesley, who runs her own cookery school in Halstock, judged 17 breads, eight marmalades and 12 chutneys at the competition in The Apple Tree Restaurant. Part of the garden centre’s…

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Threatened juniper returns to Dorset

CHALK downland at Compton Down near Shaftesbury is a Special Area of Conservation and Site of Special Scientific Interest – and has a special significance for gin-lovers. It is one of the few remaining refuges of juniper in Dorset, and was believed to be the home of the last male plant in the county. Common…

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The Frome Independent is back!

STOP PRESS:  SUNDAY’S MARKET IS CANCELLED BECAUSE OF ADVERSE WEATHER CONDITIONS FORECAST. THE ORGANISERS APOLOGISE FOR ANY INCONVENIENCE, AND LOOK FORWARD TO WELCOMING CUSTOMERS AT THE NEXT MARKET IT may not feel much like spring, but it’s just around the corner and the Frome Independent is back on Sunday 5th March, encouraging us all to…

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Pasty perfection at the Eden Project

CORNWALL and pasties are virtually synonymous but makers of the famous crimped meat-stuffed pastry envelopes will be coming from all over the world for the sixth annual World Pasty Championships at the Eden Project on Saturday 4th March. The championships, with nine categories, and open to professional and amateur bakers, celebrate the traditional Cornist pasty…

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Sharing the harvest with Southern Roots

A DORSET market garden, Southern Roots Organics, has launched the county’s first  Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) project. Southern Roots Organics run a market garden on two acres of land rented from Lower Hewood Farm in West Dorset. In addition to supplying local cafes, restaurants and pubs they are now offering 25 households within 10 miles…

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Gin and ginger is just the tea-time tonic

GIN is seriously back in fashion, and one London hotel is reviving an 18th century tradition from the time of the Frost Fairs. The historic St Ermin’s Hotel in London’s St James’s, built on the site of a medieval chapel and with connections to the SOE operations of the Second World War, has created a…

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Devon Food and Drink Awards launched

ENTRIES are open for the 2017 Devon Food and Drink Awards, recognising the county’s most respected, influential and passionate artisan food and drink producers and establishments. The awards, in their seventh year, continue to grow with a record number of entries in  2016, when the judges tasted 200 products and visited dozens of establishments across…

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New home for The Traditional Free Range Egg Company

THE Traditional Free Range Egg Company (formerly Blackacre Farm Eggs) has  officially moved into its new home, The Egg Shed in North Cadbury, a purpose built headquarters which will enable the business to grow and reach out to even more independent family-run farms. With its 12,500 square feet of production and office space, The Egg…

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Lesley Waters to judge Brimsmore’s baking and making

HOME bakers and preserve makers will have their bread, marmalade and chutney judged by favourite celebrity chef Lesley Waters, when  she heads a panel to judge the baking and making competition at Brimsmore Gardens, Yeovil, on Tuesday 14th March. Entry is now open for everyone from novices to experts to take part in this culinary…

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