I know my chocolate and certainly have my preferences. No one had to ask me twice when asked to sample and review Joypots confectionery...EASY!
Or so I thought. Joypots say that they are "on a mission to bring joy through their fantastic range of confectionery"
Turns out, that's actually the truth!
I honestly don't know where to start with this review, mainly because of the incredibly
wide and varied range of sweet treats on offer.
But first off, I need to be thorough and professional about this, so I shall begin by
loosening my belt a notch before I delve in & sample this wonderfully exciting variety
If you're a lover of nutty chocolate and let's face it, who ISN'T, then you're in for a real
treat with Joypots Golden Nut Crunch, or Dark Chocolate Brazils... perhaps the
Tiramisu Cashews, Cinnamon Dusted Milk Chocolate Almonds or maybe the heavenly
Peanut & Popcorn Crunch is more your thing?
It's not all about the chocolate though, as Joypots boast a whopping 26 (no, that's NOT a
typo) mouth-watering varieties to tingle your taste buds, so there really is something
Joypots have even created a 'grown up' range of retro cola style bottles...
Gin Fizz, Pink Fizz & Mojito gummies.
Joypots fun & exciting range are produced using only the finest ingredients, are
handpacked in the U.K and available in small or large pots. The pots are made from
recycled materials, which are in-turn, recyclable & reuseable.
Joypots are perfect for snacking or given as a gift and with resealable lids your treats
will be kept joyfully fresh, which is great....but only if you have willpower!
And now for something completely different!
Joybags are Joypots babies and they come in a quirky and rather fabulous range too, all
36 of them, including Milk Chocolate Orange Peel, Milk Chocolate Banana Slices,
Yogurt Honeycomb Bites and Dark Chocolate Gooseberries to name but a few.
I have to add (admit) here that I havent physically been able to put the Dark Chocolate
Gooseberries down as yet.
So be warned, these are NOT run-of-the-mill chocolates, prepare for a taste
explosion, these are truly out of the ordinary, something special!
I know many a vegan and it would be wrong of me not to draw attention to this!
Vegan gummie and chewy sweets are hard to come by, but good old Joypots have
thought of you and created this wonderful tub of vegan fruity 'n' fizzy, Pick 'n' Mix.
I've thoroughly enjoyed reviewing and sampling Joypots flavours and whilst I'm
indulging myself with another Tiramisu Brazil, I'm already thinking of what great
stocking fillers these would make!
Joypots claim that they recreate traditional sweets with a twist. They mean it.
Want to become a Joypots stockist? (you should) you can enquire HERE.
Both Joypots and Joybags have attractive and free-standing, point of sale stands and
you can request a brochure HERE.
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The Aberffraw shortbread is a traditional, handmade shortbread in the shape of a
scalloped shell and it's said to originate from the 13th century...making it quite possibly,
the oldest biscuit in Britain!
The Aberffraw Biscuit Company have recreated this traditional rich, buttery shortbread
and have not only received much media attention (even appearing on TV) but have also bagged themselves some prestigious awards including The Great Taste Award!
Make no mistake when I say this handmade shortbread is a LUXURY all butter shortbread, Aberffraw's traditional Welsh, shortbread is made with just 3 top quality ingredients; butter, flour and sugar.
But hold on, you'll be very pleased to hear that there's more than just ONE variety in
The NEW ginger Aberffraw biscuit is handmade using crystallised and ground ginger,
giving this beautifully buttery shortbread a wonderfully warm finish, so beautiful in
fact, that this new to the range flavour won itself a prestigious 'Great Taste' award.
Created with a mix of tea, spices and raisins, the Bara Brith shortbread is packed full
with flavour with its delecatble mix of sweet n' spice.
The deeply rich and buttery chocolate shortbread is baked to absolute perfection and
quite impossible to resist.
Aberffraw's lemon shortbread is a real treat & incredibly moreish...created with grated
lemon zest it's really no surprise this shortbread has also won itself an envious Great
And The Great Taste Award goes to...
By demand, Aberffraws traditional Welsh biscuits are now available in twin packs and
proving to be an incredibly popular, authentic Welsh wedding favour and treat or gift
for hotel & holiday cottage guests.
Luckily for you, you can satisfy your taste buds & indulge in Aberffraw's award-
winning shortbread and buy online HERE
The only casualty during this review was my waistline and you'll understand why
when you try these scrumptious (and rather special) shortbread yourself!
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With a vision and a lot of hard work 'The Farm' in Stratford-Upon-Avon was
redeveloped back in 2017 and has since blossomed & bloomed into a unique food & wellbeing destination that all the family will appreciate and enjoy!
By showcasing artisan producers, products, a wholefood cafe, a butchers and with a strong emphasis on sustainability, 'The Farm' do their very best to recycle and use recyclable packaging.
This wonderful farm shop offers a superb choice of locally sourced produce and fresh fruit & veg are in abundance.
It's clear to see that The Farm support local brands and champion independant
suppliers (whilst promoting home grown and sustainable food) with the wide range of local wholefoods on offer.
You'll be equally impressed with the cheese selection, the deli, the bakery and the incredible range of fresh fish from the fishmonger!
The Farm boasts an in-house (and very knowledgeble) butcher!
Sustainability is the key and you can refill time and time again at The Farm's eco-
friendly refill station. In fact, NO plastic bags will ever be used here and The Farm are rightly proud of their extenisve unpackaged range.
Don't pass by the impresive range of quality wines available at The Farm's wine merchants (and a bar too!)
The little ones will love The Farms 'naturally made' play area, there's plenty of space to burn off a little steam before lunch at the 'Nourish' cafe!
The Farm is a wonderful place packed with an array of things to see and do!
The Farm's wholefood café.
Relax in beautiful surroundings and enjoy some wonderful seasonal and flavoursome dishes. If you're looking for a light bite, Nourish has a mouthwatering selection of gluten-free cakes and breads. Freshly made pizza is clearly popular as is the library corner...
If the sun is shining, take it outside!
There's ample seating out on the decking or in the courtyard.
The Farm also offer workshops and even boast a cookery school. You can choose from a wide range of workshops such as wreath making or dress making and the seasonal cookery courses offer courses such as Sushi Workshop and Speciality Bread Making.
OPENING HOURS: (COVID TIMES)
Monday-Saturday 7am -3pm
Sunday 10am - 3pm
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You'll find "old fashioned service with a smile" at Padstow Farm Shop!
Situated at Trethillick, Cornwall, this award-winning and family-run farm shop is
obviously passionate about great food & drink as they source everything as locally as possible.
Padstow Farm Shop try hard to keep their carbon footprint to the minimum & even boast a wind turbine which supplies the farm shop with all it's electricity!
This popular farm shop stocks a wonderful range of fresh, seasonal produce
(many of the vegetables are grown on the farm) along with locally sourced provisions and store cupboard essentials. Cornish produce is in abundance...with an extensive range of wonderful local cheeses, fresh breads, tempting pastries and a most excellent range of alcohol!
Padstow Farm Shop boast an in-house butcher with an impressive selection of their own traditionally reared pork, beef & lamb, so impressive, they've won awards!
These beauties are hot n' fresh out of the oven!
(vegan pasties are available too)
You can take a seat & treat yourself to a tasty range of freshly made light bites, sweet treats & cakes and superb coffee at Padstow Farm Shop's welcoming coffee bar.
FARM SHOP & BUTCHERY DEPT
TUES - SAT 10am-4pm
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Situated on their busy working farm near Lewes, East Sussex, Holmansbridge Farm Shop began modestly by simply selling their fresh eggs at the farm gate.
Over the years, the farm shop has grown and blossomed & is now a renowned, family run farm shop, selling an excellent range of high quality meats & freshly baked goods.
The Farm Shop itself offers the very best of local, British and continental farm products and are always on the look out and keen to source new, local farm produce.
You can find fantastically fresh, seasonal fruits and vegetables as well as a great range of local cheeses, milk, breads, beers and wines. By being situated close to a campsite, you can be assured that this farm shop holds great stock everyday store cupboard essentials!
You'll find everything you may need with cured and cold meats, ham, gammon & salami on the impressive deli counter!
Holmansbridge Farm Shops' Kitchen, hand-make their own delicious cakes, burgers, pies, scotch eggs and sausages, even supplying local businesses such as bars and restaurants with their incredibly popular and tasty fare!
The traditional butchers counter source local & ethical meats and even boast an on-site butchers, so you can request your specific requirements.
Here you'll have a choice of selection of meats including beef, lamb, pork & poultry.
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This fabulous, family run and award-winning farm shop & tearoom is surrounded by farmland with stunning & extensive views across Dartmoor.
Food miles are very important to Blackberry Farm Shop & it's stacked to the brim with locally sourced produce, home cooked treats & local crafts & gifts.
You'll find plenty of fabulously fresh fruit & vegetables along with locally made biscuits, fresh breads, cream, milk, jams, firewood, gins, ales, hampers and a great range of everyday store cupboard essentials....everything you might need for the week!
Blackberry's butchery counter sells their own award-winning beef & lamb as well as local pork, free range chicken, duck & wild game.
Lizzy’s Larder is Blackberry Farm Shops popular 'farm kitchen' and keeps customers returning with their delicious homemade fayre, such as Devon Cream Teas, light lunches, homemade soups & cakes.
Much of the wonderful home-baked creations made in Lizzy's Larder is not only on the menu in the farm kitchen but also sold in the farm shop, such as freshly baked breads, sausage rolls, cakes, scotch eggs, ready meals, puddings, pies and pasties.
Kids will love Blackberry Farm Shop's farm walk, there's lots of friendly farm animals to meet!
Mon-Sat 9.30am - 5.00pm
Sun 10.00am - 1.00pm
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Looking for a farm shop that sources only the finest local produce?
Look no further!
Located on a dairy farm in Stonehouse, Gloucestershire, Eastington Farm Shop is passionate about supporting local farmers & artisan producers and bring us a wide range of delicious and local vegetables, fruit, meats and gifts.
The choice and range of fresh fruits and vegetables here is second to none and in
Eastington's efforts to reduce, recycle and reuse, there's as little packaging and waste as possible with paper bags in situ.
Upon the deli counter you'll find locally sourced meats, handmade pies and a fabulous range of cheeses.
Also on offer are Eastington's hand selected fruit & veg boxes packed full with fresh, wholesome and local produce to see you through the weekend.
You can pick up local chutneys, jams, milk (in glass bottles) honey or bread and enjoy a scrumptious slice of cake & a cup of freshly ground coffee at Eastington's little cafe whilst you shop!
Keeping it green!
Customers are encouraged to bring their own containers to refill at Eastington's fabulous 'refill station'.
Here you can find pasta, pulses, dried fruits, oats and much more!
A A brilliant idea...soup bags!
You can pick up a soup bag (feeds 4) PLUS the recipe from Eastington Farm Shop.
Yet another bonus at Eastington Farm Shop is their lovely little gift section which offers cut flowers, potted plants, gifts and natural smellies & soaps.
Mon & Tues - CLOSED
Wed - Sat 8am–6pm
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Situated just out side of Spalding in Lincolnshire, you'll find Spalding Farm Shop.
Spalding work closely with local farmers and pride themselves on their locally grown fruit and vegetables in particular, Spalding's own, home-grown potatoes which are grown, graded and bagged on their own farm.
You'll find a wide range of farm fresh produce with the cauliflowers, brocolli, calabrese
asparagus, new potatoes & strawberries all locally grown, whilst the extensive deli
showcases numerous Lincolnshire products (many award-winning) which include cheeses, sausages, bacon, hams and pies.
Along with freshly baked breads and cakes, local wines, honey and free range eggs, Spalding Farm Shop increase their deli range from their own kitchen.
The fabulous frozen section includes ready meals, locally sourced duck, fish, pies and pastries.
If you're stumped for gift ideas, Spaldings popular gift and card department is sure to inspire you with its fantastic range of gifts which include homeware, scarves, food hampers, handbags and stationary.
For the green fingered, there's a huge range of seasonal and local plants, cut flowers and hanging baskets to choose from.
After you've stocked up in the farm shop, be sure to visit Spaldings bistro style, fully licensed, coffee shop. Manna Coffee Shop is the perfect meeting spot, offering all-day dining for breakfast, lunch and afternoon tea. Fresh dishes are created every day in Spalding's own kitchen using only the finest ingredients. However, if you're in a rush to get your new plants home, a take away menu is available offering an excellent
selection of food & drinks.
Spalding Farm Shops' aim is to bring us the best produce and home cooked food that Lincolnshire has to offer and they don't disappoint!
Monday – Sunday 09.00-16.00
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Famous for their home grown asparagus & strawberries, Claremont Farm, a family run farm in Bebington have been growing and selling their own fruit since 1906!
The farm has expanded hugely over the years and is not only a popular farm shop, but now offers a smashing fishing lake, seasonal P.Y.O, a cookery school AND a stunning cafe!
The award winning farm shop is heavily laden with fruit and vegetables from the farm along with locally sourced produce from over 50 suppliers.
The butchery counter is managed by local butchers, who source top quality local meats, which include rare breeds & specialist meats. Here, you'll also find a fabulous range of freshly made pies and homemade sausage rolls.
Everything you may need for your weekly shop is here, from fresh local milk, frozen ready-meals, chutneys & pickles, charcuterie and all your kitchen cupboard essentials.
Delicious and very local.
Freshly baked breads and sourdough are a MUST!
Claremont Farms' aesthetically pleasing cafe offers fresh and local, seasonal cuisine.
This vegetarian friendly cafe has two seating areas and create every dish from scratch! From quick bites to breakfast, lunch, brunch and afternoon teas, this fabulous cafe offers vegan & gluten free options and is fully licenced, holding a wide range of wines and craft beers.
Open: Mon-Fri 9am-5.45pm and Sun & Bank Holidays 9am-4.45pm
Open 7 days a week, Claremont Farms 28 peg fishing lake is popular with local anglers having been stocked with carp, bream, tench and roach. Day tickets are available and night fishing is allowed.
Sunday & Bank Holidays 9am-5pm
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If you’re a lover of fabulously fresh food, a gardener or simply just passing by,
Baytree of Hilgay has something for you!
With great wheelchair & buggy access along with ample parking, Baytree is a fabulous destination to relax, shop & tuck in to some delicious home made, locally sourced, farm fresh food!
The farm shop itself is filled to bursting with fresh local produce including fruit, vegetables, milk, bread, beer, wine, meat, chutneys, flowers and gift-ware. You'll find a vegan section and all kinds of condiments and jams, sauces, dips and some spectacular cheeses!
In the stunning 'Barn Restaurant and Bar' you'll find a wonderful selection of light bites, hearty breakfasts, luscious lunches and sumptuous snacks. The warm and cosy Barn Cafe not only caters for gluten free and special dietary requirements, it also offers a menu produced in-house by their own chefs using fresh, local, ethically sourced, seasonal ingredients.
The garden centre is stocked to the rafters with a huge selection of garden essentials! Plants & gifts including ornaments, outside lighting, pots, furniture, bulbs, seeds, planters and tools.
After a visit you'll be able to create your own little piece of paradise in your own back yard!
Monday – Sat 9am - 5pm
Sunday – 10am - 4pm
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Pynes Farm Shop has been operating for over 35 years through 3 generations of the Pyne family in an old barn on the farm and are renowned for their excellent home grown vegetables, free range eggs and lamb.
Situated within the Otter Estuary and on the beautiful South West Coast Path, an area of outstanding natural beauty, Pynes Farm Shop is the perfect place to shop.
You'll always find plenty of fresh and delicious produce at Pynes Farm Shop, and they're proud to supply as much West-country produce as possible including veg, preserves, chutneys, cereals, ice cream, meats, beer, gifts and dairy produce.
There's plenty of parking available along with friendly & helpful staff.
Pynes' Maris Piper potatoes won awards at the Honiton Agricultural Show in 2016 and 2018.
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Situated near Flitwick, Flitvale Farm Shop is an independent, family run farm shop.
Located on site along with Flitvale Garden Centre, this fabulous farm shop offers an amazing selection of fresh produce sourced from local independent suppliers.
The licensed cafe offers an extensive menu including delicious lunches, homemade cakes & freshly prepared breakfasts.
Flitvale not only have a florist, a pet store (including food & accessories, even for the hedgehog!) fencing, indoor & outdoor plants and fresh farm produce they even offer a loyalty card where you can earn yourself points and/or promotions.
Great stuff…definitely a Fabulous Farm Shop.
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Situated in the beautiful countryside near Knutsford, Waugh Brow Farm is the ultimate family run, working farm & have been providing fresh, locally sourced produce for over 25 years.
You'll find a traditional butchers & a deli counter in the farm shop itself, supplying seasonal fresh vegetables, home-cooked meals, home grown meat and an exceptional selection of products from local and artisan suppliers including local ales, fine wines, olives, chutneys & chocolates!
The deli counter is brimming with fine cheeses, meats and pates.
You can enjoy bacon butties, homemade burgers, cakes, coffee and farm fresh yummies at The Snack Shack, then sit back and relax and watch the kids play in the farm yard fun area.
At Waugh Brow 'Fit Farm' you can get fit every Tuesday and Thursday!
Their resident fitness guru Dan (ex-pro footballer and fitness coach) will help you reach your goals. Sessions focus on cardio, boxing, weights and sculpting your abs...
There's no booking needed either, just turn up, sign in and away you go!
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Farm Shop Opening Times:
Thursday 9am - 5:30pm
Friday 9am - 5:30pm
Saturday 8.30 - 4.pm
Sunday 10am - 4.pm
Corrymoor Farm is the home of Corrymoor Mohair socks. We have been breeding Angora goats and producing socks from mohair since 1992.
Since 1986 we have lived and farmed 128 acres in the beautiful Blackdown Hills AONB. As well as the lovely Angora goats which produce the mohair for Corrymoor Socks, we run a herd of beef cattle. The farm has been fully organic (Soil Association accredited) since 1990.
Known as the “diamond fibre”, mohair is renowned for its strength and durability, lustrous silky smooth fibres and unique wicking properties - the perfect natural material for socks.
The fibres of mohair are 3 times more resistant to abrasion than are the fibres of sheep’s wool and so socks made with mohair last longer and are much more difficult to wear out.
Mohair fibres are smooth and so don’t trap bacteria which cause smells and bad foot
health: no bacteria = no smell.
Corrymoor’s 150 goats are shorn twice a year and produce stunning silky mohair fleeces of between 2kg and 5kg at each shearing. The goats do their best to grow as much mohair as possible but as we sell around 20,000 socks a year, we do have to purchase mohair from other sources as well. The mohair used in the Corrymoor “Devon Stripes” range of socks is shorn entirely from our own flock.
All our socks are knitted for us on traditional machinery in Leicestershire.
Corrymoor Socks enjoy a worldwide reputation for comfort and durability. We offer a
colourful, luxurious and hardwearing range of socks for men, women and children.
Whatever the activity, whatever the weather, the hardwearing and ‘no sweat, no smell’
properties of mohair are a massive selling point. From bedsocks to elastic-free socks; from trainer socks to long socks; from hard-wearing cushioned socks to lightweight everyday socks, we have socks for every walk of life.
Corrymoor has a huge loyal following and many of the farm shops we supply find that
people come back again and again for socks. Although Corrymoors are available from our website, for many people seeing and feeling what you buy is all important.
All trade customers are listed on our website with a direct website link.
Croots Farm Shop is a MULTI award-winning, family-run farm set in the beautiful rolling hills of Duffield, Derbyshire and offers a wonderful range of some of the finest home produced foods.
Croots boast an in-house butchery, a bakery, cafe, deli and much MUCH more!
Within the deli you'll find some fabulous British cheeses, artisan hams & quiches and a great range of vegetarian, gluten free and vegan products.
You'll be spoilt for choice in the bakery, with freshly baked local breads, rolls, pies & delicious, homemade cakes.
Be sure to try Croots' home-made and AWARD WINNING Bakewell Tart!
Croots passionately believe that only the best will do, so, as well as rearing their own lamb they work closely with local farmers & producers to bring us a variety of high quality meats.
The butchers counter boasts some fantastic offers on locally produced beef, home reared lamb, home made sausages, pies, poultry and free range pork.
There's fresh fish every Thursday and a fabulous range of gifts including tea towels, mugs, aprons and designer greetings cards within the homeware & gifts section.
By stocking local beers, wine & spirits to store cupboard essentials, you can easily do your full weekly shop here at Croots!
Monday to Saturday:
9:00am to 5:00pm
Sundays and Bank Holidays:
10:00am to 4:00pm
Café closes at 4:30pm and 3:45pm on Sundays and Bank Holidays
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Windy Arbour Farm Shop is a family-run farm shop boasting over 40 years experience in sourcing the finest local, national AND exotic fresh produce.
YES! They're passionate about fine produce!
This well-stocked farm shop not only offers fabulously fresh produce from local Lancashire farms, you'll find an array of other produce such as meats, breads, jams and preserves, pasta and essential cooking ingredients.
You'll find specialist award-winning veg from Lancashire along with a wide variety of potatoes, free range eggs, fresh meats supplied from a renowned, local family butcher & plenty of packet goods to complement your fresh supplies.
In fact, there's everything you need for your weekly food shop!
Be sure to check out the wonderful cakes n' bakes, from Victoria Sponge's and Egg Custard's to Frangipane slices
Being licensed, Windy Arbour stock a carefully selected and ever-evolving range of alcoholic beverages from small producers.
From beers, ales and ciders to flavoured vodkas and gins, Windy Arbour strive to stock something a little bit different, something you wont find in the supermarket.
If you're looking to stock quality stationary in your farm shop or country store, then this company is sure to be of interest to you!
Charles Sainsbury-Plaice offer the most fabulous range of inspired gifts and cards for all us countryside lovers, from vintage humour greetings cards, traditional birthday cards, Christmas cards, wrapping paper, wall planners, British made Aga covers, notebooks & much, MUCH more.
You'll find a superb range of artistic greetings cards such as these...
The Goose and Hen are painted by Clare Brownlow using pheasant feathers!
Other artists featured include Bryn Parry, Alex Underdown, Heather Blanchard, Debbie Harris, Colin Blanchard and of course, Charles Sainsbury-Plaice himself.
And it's not just our feathered friends that are featured either.
There's a whole range of quality images and prints to choose from including dogs, wildlife & landscape, farming & country, sports, equestrian and cats.
Simply put, there's a greetings or Birthday card suitable for anyone and everyone!
I've found that Charles Sainsbury-Plaice's range of cards, makes me feel rather proud. These images truly celebrate the beauty of Britain's countryside and the pleasures of rural living...
We all recognise this, don't we?
Thelwell has to be the most popular countryside cartoonist in Britain and Charles Sainsbury-Plaice is the U.K's main licence holder.
You'll find many timeless Thelwell gifts that aren't available anywhere else, including mugs, door signs, wrapping paper, books and greetings cards.
Absolutely the PERFECT gift for pony lovers.
Take a look at the brilliant selection of Christmas cards and gifts available, there's so much to choose from!
From cutesy, festive cards & British farming related mugs to humerous calender's & topical hardback books.
Hear the sound of the countryside with this brilliant range of 'noisy cards'.
Birdwatchers will love the nightingale card as it bursts into birdsong!
These terrifically fun cards are totally unique, are blank (with envelope) and the batteries will last at least 150 openings. You'll hear the sheep dog barking, the tractor engine revving and the Mallard duck quacking when opening these thoughtful greetings cards.
Spot on for Birthday, Father's Day, Valentines and numerous other occasions, don't you think?
Why not have a browse through Charles Salisbury-Plaice's brochure and then apply for a wholesale account?
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If you've yet to come across Tractor Ted's series of books then your kids have been missing out...well, the kids AND you!
This week, I thought I'd try Tractor Ted's 'Who Goes Moo' story book. I say TRY because to sit my 'very busy' 3 year old nephew down quietly for more than 2 minutes is no mean feat!
WELL, blow me down, a miracle occurred, he was immediately engrossed!
The story, in short, is about Midge the farm dog, a gorgeous little terrier & friend of Tractor Ted's.
Midge needs to find milk for his owner's morning cuppa and good old Tractor Ted gives Midge clues as to where he can find it!
Along the way, in his search, Midge encounters a range of farm animals. The imagery is fabulous and any child and certainly any budding young farmer, would be enthralled & mesmerized by the detailed and 'real life' pictures all photographed within the heart of the countryside, in the West Country.
It's educational, engaging and entertaining and I have to admit, a really fun read.
Personally, I love the fact that both Midge and his owner, Farmer Tom, really ARE a genuine, real life, bonafide, farmer and his dog!
How novel is THAT?
Tractor Ted is a tractor...obviously, BUT he's a bright green, loveable, tractor and this I believe, goes a long way in helping children get in touch with caring for our
countryside, our animals and to understand at the very heart, of where some of our foods come from...our U.K farms.
Tractor Ted stories are not only educational, they also bring REAL farm adventures to life and it's easy to see why this little green tractor is already loved by millions of
I can guarantee that reading any one of Tractor Ted's books will lead to the purchase of his whole series.
Tractor Ted isn't just loved by tractor fanatics you know...
...I'm rather looking forward to his next adventure myself!
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Hayhead Farm Shop is a family-run business situated in Walsall and offers locally-grown 100% fresh produce to customers throughout the West Midlands.
Hayhead Farm Shop prides itself on their personal, friendly service.
With ample parking, this is a farm shop GEM and offers a wide variety of high quality, locally grown, fresh produce at competitive prices, ranging from a butchers counter, pet foods, frozen foods, fruit & vegetables right through to cheeses, eggs, breads, wild bird seed and pickles.
Hayhead also offer a fabulous and ingenious, 'recipe of the week', with all ingredients to be found within the farm shop.
There's a great choice of fresh flowers (floral bouquets available for both Valentines & Mothers day!) along with potted gifts, compost, bedding & seasonal plants.
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7 days a week 8am-7pm
This fabulous company is just a baby at only 2 years old, but their vision to create a unique range of completely natural, low calorie, ready-to drink spritzers has already come to fruition.
We all know, many ready-to-drink beverages are packed full with sugar & additives, but you can rest assured, that Silver Swift's range of 100% natural botanical pre-mixed
spritzers have NO artificial nasties, no gluten and they're vegan friendly too!
By using the delicious fruits and berries Britain's countryside has to offer, Silver Swift actively support home-grown industries and are dedicated to operating with the lowest carbon footprint possible.
Tipsy Iced Tea Vodka Spritz and Basil Blush Vodka Spritz have won Silver awards in The Global Speciality Spirits Masters.
All of Silver Swift's pre-mixed spritzers are created using British Vodka or Gin, contain 100% natural ingredients and are available in glass bottles and handy 250ml, slim cans.
The big, BIG advantage and what I love the most (apart from their unusual flavours that is) is that Silver Swifts range are low enough in alcohol that you can have a few without feeling too tipsy, whilst being light & refreshing – pretty perfect for those warmer days.
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The family-owned Brindle Distillery produce lovingly handcrafted, 'grain to glass' gins.
From their base in the heart of Lancashire, Brindle's small batch and award-winning Cuckoo gins are not only distilled using fresh, natural spring water from their own spring but EVERY ingredient used is ethically & locally sourced or home grown on their farm...even the waste materials are used to heat their still!
How's THAT for sustainability?
Currently, there's 3 gins in Cuckoo's range, although there's also limited editions and gin gift hampers available. I've been lucky enough to sample Cuckoo's 'Collection' which consists of Cuckoo Signature Gin, Spiced Gin and Sunshine Gin.
Available in a good range of bottle sizes Cuckoo Signature Gin is a classically smooth, juniper gin with a creamy orange note and a rather unique and lingering peppery aftertaste, a truly spectacular tasting gin.
If you're considering a winter warmer, look no further.
Let me introduce Cuckoo Spiced Gin!
Made with Tellicherry black pepper, this delicious tipple will heat you up from the inside out.
It sure is bold, certainly warm and really does offer a superb spicy twist!
The Cuckoo Collection arrived in this super-duper gift pack and what a fabulous gift this would make...We all know a gin lover, right?
I was really keen to try Cuckoo's 'Sunshine Gin' and we can confirm that its name lives up to my high expectations!
This summery gin is smooth, sweet and wonderfully refreshing.
By being infused with Lancashire honey and fresh raspberries this mouthwatering gin gives a zingy, fresh n' fruity taste.
It's not shocking to learn that Cuckoo's Sunshine Gin' has been voted the BEST flavoured gin by the renowned 'The Gin Guide'
I couldn't agree more!
....AND THERE'S MORE!
Brindle Distillery offer tours AND even a workshop where you can really be 'hands on!
This 3-4 hours experience is a wonderful opportunity for any gin lover to not only learn, but also see, just how a distillery works, and by selecting your own botanicals you can create your very own gin recipe.
Obviously you'll be served a few gins along the way (hic!) AND you take home your creation once it's been signed off by the Master Distiller, of course.
Brindle will also keep your recipe on file so you can re-order your creation via their website in the future! How brilliant is that?
This fantastic eco-friendly company are clearly committed to making a difference whilst creating their sustainable gins and it comes as no surprise that they've already bagged themselves a ridiculous amount of awards including The World Gin Awards, The Spirit Masters Award & The Gin Guide Award (to name but a few!)
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Located in Lancashire, Thornleys Natural Foods is family run business and produce terrifically tasty, gluten AND wheat-free, recipe mixes.
Not only that, each product in Thornleys range has been approved by the Coeliac Association and are lovingly handcrafted using only 100% and carefully sourced,
natural ingredients that are free from additives, colourings, MSG and preservatives!
Sounds good, right?
Every sauce and mix is suitable for vegetarians and Slimming World approved...
The light and deliciously creamy Parsley Sauce is the perfect accompaniment to a fish dish, whilst the rich Spaghetti Carbonara recipe mix, laces your spaghetti with a
scrumptious garlic coating.
Thornleys Creamy Chicken & Herb sauce mix is rich and creamy with a delicate hint of herbs & garlic and the well balanced Chilli Con Carne mix will add a little kick to your dish.
Thornleys sauces give you the ability to cook the tastiest of meals in the most convenient way possible and it's good to remember, that all these well thought out mixes are 100% natural, so if you follow a gluten & wheat free diet or you've chosen to simply say NO to the usual and excessive chemicals, additives & preservatives found in your foods, then the Thornleys range is definitely for YOU!
If, like most of us these days, your time is precious....cheat!
As it's a firm favourite in my house, I've sampled Thornley's Tuna Pasta Bake recipe.
You simply add milk to create this incredibly tasty sauce which contains a carefully selected blend of herbs and spices.
This really is packed full of natural flavours & the subtle taste of the herbs brings out the flavour of the tuna. I added a sprinkling of cheese to my creation but you could add any crunchy or crispy topping...scrumptious!
This quick & ridiculously easy mix will provide your whole family with a hearty,
healthy and homemade meal, in a jiffy.
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You know what they say about little pickers & what they wear don't you?
Well, if you're not overly happy wearing those, you might well want to check out Garbanzo's healthy range of gourmet snacks.
All of Garbanzo's snacks have been approved Vegetarian & Vegan by the Vegetarian Society and Garbanzo state that they take the Chickpea, the whole Chickpea and nothing but the Chickpea...
I've taken their advice this week and have had the pleasure of sampling three great flavours.
Firstly & importantly, you can put the lid back on that biscuit tin!
Garbanzo's Chickpea snacks are packed with fibre & protein, helping keep your tum fuller for longer, which makes them an incredibly healthy alternative for those in-between meals, nibble.
By working closely with local farmers, Garbanzo can ensure the very best crop of Chickpea's are selected for their gourmet snacks.
If you're looking for a light snack that's still a crowd-pleaser, rest assured, I've found it!
Packed full of good stuff: antioxidants, vitamins and minerals, Bombay Twist has a spicy curry flavour with a hint of ginger and these nutty and crunchy Chickpeas will have everyone munching... They're wholesome AND addictive!
Chickpeas are a fabulous source of fibre and great for maintaining a healthy digestive system and Garbanzo's Mediterranean inspired, Tomato Salsa is bursting with flavour.
These filling & 100% natural beauties can even help with weight loss. they're
deliciously tasty, low in fat and full of protein, what's not to love?
Garbanzo's Sweet Chilli is definitely my bag....no, it really is, hands off!
These are incredibly moreish. I'm not sure if it's because I can't resist the unique blend of sweet n' spice (these are seasoned perfectly & have a great kick) OR if it's because I know these crunchy nibbles are actually HEALTHY, low in calories and I can actually enjoy a snack without the guilt?
Whatever my reasons... I'm throwing caution to the wind!
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On my travels, I came across this...
Who'd have thought you could receive BY POST, a 'typically British' afternoon tea, packed neatly in its own cool gift tin?
And can you imagine a chilled, luxury cream tea hamper box arriving by courier to your door?
No, me neither, BUT guess what?
....The English Cream Tea Company do just that & it's not only cream tea's they offer either, no sirreee.
There's bake at home kits, jams, scones, specialist tea tins, even Prosecco hampers, you name it!
Brilliant if you want to recapture that childhood picnic experience (in the drizzle obvs) or you're really stuck on what to give Auntie Flo for her Birthday?
I'm treating the love of my life to an award winning, Valentines Brownie heart kit. It's definitely NOT for the 'chocolate' faint-hearted & sure to get her all in a flutter!
These handpicked hampers are freshly made & packed to order by gnomes.
Honest. Check their website.
You choose your date for dispatch & add a personalised message - make this a super duper thoughtful gift for the tea lover in your life!
Come onnn....what could be nicer than traditional, afternoon tea with friends?
Plumgarths Farm Shop pride themselves in supporting, sourcing & stocking produce from local farms and businesses & is packed FULL with the tastiest meats, dressings, preserves, ice-creams, ales, breads, baked goods, fruit and vegetables ALL supplied by local producers.
With an in-house master butcher, you'll find a fantastic selection of meats including traditional, home-made, award winning, hand tied sausages and burgers. Keep an eye out for their fantastic special offer meat packs, 'fill your freezer mega value packs' & generous loyalty cards!
This 15 year old, award winning farm shop stocks a wide range of locally produced jams, chutneys, freshly baked artisan breads, a fab selection of gins and vodkas along with local ales and beers.
Just next door to Plumgarths Farm Shop is the ever popular 2 Sisters Cafe. Here they serve hearty breakfasts, soups, home baked cakes, light lunches, salads and afternoon teas.
With a wood-burner for the colder days and a beautiful decked area for those summer afternoons, this is a perfect place to kick back & relax with a nice cuppa and a freshly made panini after completing your weekly grocery shop in the farm shop next door!
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