July 2017 Newsletter

Here comes the Sun!

Well, June was a bit of a mixed bag with regard to the weather, but we finally got some warm dry days - but then, it was too hot! The other downside was that the inclement weather hindered the growth of our broad beans, leaving us with very little yield. Such a shame, as we love 'em! However, the runners are looking promising, as are the beetroots, carrots, courgettes, potatoes, pumpkins and lovely scented sweet peas - so pretty!

All in all, we really are celebrating a season of wonderful fresh fruit and vegetables. This month our local market gardeners, Gerald and Luke Rich, have delivered us endless supplies of Cheddar and Somerset strawberries, English cherries and other delicious soft fruits, as well as their own beetroot and carrots - the variety is endless! This week they brought us their own grown broccoli and cauliflowers, wonder what they'll be digging up or picking next week? Our mouths are watering at the thought! Still on the food front, don't forget that Steve Harvey, our regular fresh fishmonger will be here Wednesday 12th July. 11am - 3pm forget match of the day, we're just interested in catch of the day!

Mussel in and enjoy our new Summer menu

We've just launched our new fresh, light and zingy Summer menu. Chefs, Ashely and Raquel have come up with more dishes of what you really love, such as, fresh and tasty pan fried sea bass with shrimp butter, Portobello burger with mushrooms and halloumi, or the rightous 'feel good' dish, Colombian style, locally grown, quinoa salad with roasted chickpeas and local pickled ewes cheese (aka, feta!).

As well as making the most of this season's bounty of wonderful vegetables and soft fruits our new menu aims to reflect what people want. Recent reports indicate that most of us think more about our health and look very closely at what is contained in our food than ever before. Indeed, it has been reported that more people are keen to experiment, and enjoy foods that have impeccable nutritional credentials and proven health benefits. Our aim is to exceed your expectations!


As stockist of some of the world's best cheeses we were thrilled to learn that local cheese producer, Pete Humphries of White Lake cheeses, Pylle nr Bath, claimed five trophies including Supreme Champion for his fresh sheep's milk cheese at the recent British Cheese Awards.

Another local stalwart, Tom Calver of Westcombe Dairy took the coveted Best Cheddar trophy and Best PDO (Protected Designation of Origin). All you need now is a hunk of Bertinet bread and a jolly good dollop of In a Pickle's Mr Smyth's Chutney - yum!

Open Farm Day

Save the Date! Bank Holiday Monday 28th August - 10am - 5pm.
Our open farm day is shaping up nicely. Expect to find guided tractor-trailer tours, foot tapping music, our own produced roasted hog, pizza to go, sumptuous cream teas, refreshments, children's attractions, food education stands and stalls for all to enjoy. Everyone welcome. Free admission.

Hats off to William!

Congratulations goes to William for scooping up a FIRST MEng. William (twin of Josh, and last of the family to graduate) has just completed a four year integrated masters degree course in Mechanical Engineering.at Exeter University - no mean feat!

So very well done Will! Not one to let the grass grow under his feet, he's now beavering away organising a music festival to be held in Newton Park on 30th Sept. BBC Radio 1 DJ Annie Mac will be heading up this event. It looks like it's going to be a sell out!


Oh, for the love of the humble spud! We're now enjoying tasty little Jersey Royals and Cornish new, but we're really excited that our wonderful potato grower Eric Pullin from Marshfield has dropped off a fabulous sack of his own grown Riviera potatoes - just add butter!

Did you know that new potatoes are a good source of carbohydrate. They release less sugar than their older partners, therefore blood sugar levels are not raised so rapidly. They're a great source of vitamin C which is helpful for intake of iron from food, B1 and B6 vitamins that offer many health benefits. Top tip, buy new potatoes loose and unwashed, as soil acts as a protective barrier. Do not buy them if they are spongy, sprouting or have patches of green on them, all of which indicates poor storage. New potatoes will be with us for a good month or so, make the most of them. Next up will be the hardy main crop which will see us through the winter months, brrr!

The Round!

As from the 21st June, "The Round" will continue every two weeks over the summer holidays and we will call on your usual evening until September, when the service will revert back to weekly. Dates: 5th, 6th, 7th July, 19th, 20th 21st July, 2nd, 3rd, 4th August, 16th, 17th, 18th August and 30th, 31st August, 1st September. If you are not a 'Round' customer and would like to become one, then please contact us on 01225 873707 to see if we can help.

Dates for your diary

Thursday 7th September - Flicks in the Sticks. 7.30pm til late!

A sensational evening of food, film and fun. Price £25 includes a welcome drink on arrival, Mexican supper and film screening of 'Like Water for Chocolate'. This is an outside event, so please bring something warm to snuggle up to.

Thursday 28th September - Drawing the Harvest. 10am - 3pm.
An amazing day workshop using natural materials under the guidance of local artist Natasha Clutterbuck. Price: £60 includes, refreshments, lunch, tuition all art materials and equipment. Places are limited for this class, so book early to avoid disappointment!

Bookings may be made by 'phone: 01225 873707, email:

, or just pop into the shop. We look forward to seeing you soon!

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