Variety is the spice of life as they say,
and it’s great to see a company with so much variety.
This month, we were lucky enough to have a fabulous range of sauces, chutneys, pickles, pastes and soups delivered to HQ, that we just had to try.
The Karimix product range is impressively versatile and inclusive, with tons of gluten free, dairy free, vegetarian and vegan options.
We encourage you to get inspired by the vast range of mouth-watering recipes
available on karimix's website
With their high quality ingredients, locally sourced where possible, Karimix don’t use artificial colours or preservatives, so you know your meal, whether with the family or with friends, is in safe hands.
Karimix is a UK based independent, BRC accredited food manufacturer.
NPD enquiries are welcome.
In addition to their glass jars and bottles intended for retail use, they offer packaging for foodservice in 1kg and 3.5kg recyclable polymer jars or 10kg buckets.
It's so easy to shop with TTK Confectionery just visit our wholesale website and browse our product range. We offer stockists a guaranteed 40% minimum margin on all products, you can even place a pre-order for Christmas with no deposit required. Our bestselling gingerbread kits are exclusive to TTK Confectionery and make the perfect family gift at Christmas time. They come in a variety of designs that are so fun and easy to decorate.
Our Christmas collection for 2021 is full of bestselling gifts, look out for our hot chocolate bombs, nine pack selection boxes, and quirky message bottles.
TTK Confectionery are committed to being a responsible and sustainable company.
We have a carbon positive workforce, planting hundreds of trees every month
to offset the carbon usage of our team at work and at home.
Visit our page at www.ecologi.com/ttkconfectioneryltd to take a look at our growing forest. Where possible we use sustainable packaging and encourage our customers to recycle or upcycle our packaging, check out our social media, Facebook & Instagram for some great upcycle inspiration. We are a Real Living Wage employer recognising the contribution of our team members by paying a fair wage.
The UK’s leading supplier of package free retailing solutions.
Martek Zero Waste have been working to eradicate single-use plastics from the food supply chain by offering superior sustainable solutions for over 20 years, with over 1,000 installations at home and abroad.
Martek recognises the inherent climate impacts of waste and has been assisting retailers of all sizes in achieving their joint objective of dramatically reducing food waste and eliminating single-use packaging.
From small independents to major retailers, Martek can offer unique bespoke solutions. Manufacturing and stockholding is to the south of London, close to the M25.
With nationwide delivery, often next day, our friendly team will be happy to help with all your zero package merchandising plans.
What we offer:
Our parent company is one of the UK’s largest manufacturers of bespoke joinery and installs beautiful interiors for Healthcare, Cinema, Residential and Commercial markets. Martek has been established for close to 40 years and all of our fixturing units are manufactured from sustainably sourced FSC® and/or PEFC grade wood by us, at our production facility, in the UK. Read more about our sustainability credentials here
Martek is accredited with the hugely sought-after Carbon Smart Gold Award, which demonstrates the practical actions we have taken to actively reduce our environmental impact.
We have been lucky enough to work with many farm shops recently, providing aesthetic, unique displays to cater for any shop size. Able to assist from project conception, right through to full post installation guidance, you can read what some of our previous clients have to say about our service here
Why buy from Martek Zero Waste?
With the most price competitive products in the UK and two decades of knowledge, Martek has more experience of sustainable merchandising and bulk food retailing than anyone else. Experts in managing major national rollouts and working with independent start-ups – we take on projects and customers of all sizes. Working with Martek, you can expect:
✓ Excellent quality
✓ UK stockholding
✓ Next day delivery available
✓ Fair & reasonable delivery prices
✓ Unmatched experience and knowledge
✓ Friendly & comprehensive customer service
✓ 2-year warranty
✓ Leasing options available
✓ No minimum order quantity
✓ Parts and accessories offered
✓ Our dispensers are fully recyclable
Contact us. Visit us. Work with us.
We welcome you to visit our showroom to demo our products, or we can speak on the phone to assist you with your plans and requirements.
Call - 01689 808 600 Email - email@example.com
Shop online - www.martekzerowaste.co.uk
Stay up to date with our exciting projects on Facebook, Instagram and LinkedIn.
It's so important to try and reduce food waste but do we all succeed at it?
SYM Fresh bags are here to help you to achieve this.
Over the past year we have all been mindful of our food shelf life, trying to make it last that little bit longer, shopping less often and eating as healthy as possible for our body and minds.
Keeping your money in your pocket too, has never been more important.
So, by using SYM Fresh bags to store your fruit & veggies in, allowing your fresh foods to last you up to 40% longer than normal, then it's got to be a good move, right?
SYM Fresh bags are made with a d2p ethylene adsorber technology, developed to reduce spoilage of fresh fruit and vegetables (which continue to ripen after they have been picked).
They have a microporous structure which will absorb and trap ethylene inside the film, effectively delaying ripening and regulating moisture, slowing down the drying out process and conserving the nutritional qualities, crispness and flavour of fresh fruit and vegetables. SYM Fresh bags are proven to extend the life of produce by up to 40%.
The bags come in a brightly coloured box (which is obviously recyclable and each box contains 10 rather large bags. So plenty big enough for most purchases and they have a press 'n' seal top.
To the more organised members of the team they found these super handy to keep your fridge or freezer looking clean and organised and they have a strip to write and date your products. It's just those little things...
I must say we had our doubts at first, as from the untrained eye, they looked like normal plastic bags but being fully reusable and recyclable, we took on the challenge and were pleasantly surprised,
We tried these products over a period of a week with various different fruit & vegetables and found that the extended life was quite a surprise. The peppers had not gone slimy, after being cut and kept for a few days in the fridge.
The crispness of the lettuce and other salads remained crisp and the blueberries were as fresh every day, as they were when 1st bought.
The bags themselves have a long shelf life, as they are easy enough to rinse and reuse time and time again.
So, if you find yourself throwing out your fruit, veg and salads, or even just never eat them quick enough and want to prolong all their nutrients and goodness and have them tasting as fresh as the day you bought them, then we say, go on, give them a try.
Samosa Wallah's samosas really are a cut above; bursting with tasty ingredients, it's safe to say that, when you need a snack, Samosa Wallah's samosas hit the spot!
Samosa Wallah, the Artisan Samosa company, have been based at the farmers market in Melton Mowbray since 2017 - their mission? "to make Melton Mowbray as famous for Samosas as it is for pork pies".
We were lucky enough to receive a ready to eat selection of their chicken, lamb, and vegetable (vegan) samosas.
Our verdict? YUM! (or TASTEE, as they would say!) Their light pastry and fresh ingredients, make them a fabulous accompaniment to dinner, or satisfying snack to help you through a long day.
You can really taste the quality in Samosa Wallah's samosas, making them a sure fan favourite and artisan delight.
Can't wait to stock these little beauties? then get in touch with them NOW!
Healthy body, healthy mind!
When you think of this saying, you might think about what you eat or drink but, what about your skin? This is just as important to help your body feel comfortable and happy.
We love products that make us feel good, and Goats of the Gorge are here to help with just that.
In the world we live in today, cleaning your hands has never been more important so, after all we're putting them through, that extra level of care to keep your hands moisturised is the least they deserve.
Goat's milk contains the nourishing vitamin A, which helps break down dead skin cells allowing the skin to be rejuvenated.
Goats of the Gorge use the finest quality milk, from the award winning Chew Valley Kerborne dairy herd in Somerset in their products. See the full range here.
Goats of the Gorge products have beneficial ingredients with no harsh chemicals, just natural ingredients that have helped numerous customers with conditions such as eczema and psoriasis. The natural scent of the products brings a sense of relaxation by making you feel at one with the beautiful world we live in.
When buying skin products, we want them to work for us in day to day life, provide value for money, and work to the best of their ability. Using this combination of bath, soap, and cream, we found each product helped our skin feel healthy and moisturised. The team feel not only is this a great treat to give to friends or family, but also to allow yourself that extra bit of love and care that you deserve.
Retailers can benefit from great margins, display stands, samples and after care; everything you need to help keep your customers happy, relaxed and coming back for more.
Find your nearest stockist or buy direct here: https://goatsofthegorge.com/
Goats Milk Skin Care Products
Goats Milk Skin Care Goats of the Gorge Ltd is a Somerset family run business who use the milk from the award winning Kerborne herd of goats and manufacture all their own products using natural oils.
Read the Facebook customer reviews how it's helped ECZEMA, PSORIASIS.
Goats of the Gorge Ltd manufacture Goat’s milk Soaps, Shampoo bars, Skin Cream, Skin lotion, Bath Soak, Bath Bombs, candles and natural lip balms.
Goats of the Gorge are being as eco-friendly as possible by using, silk organza bags, aluminium tins and glass jars and making more positive moves in this direction.
Check out their full range here
Visit the online shop www.goatsofthegorge.com
And take advantage of Fabulous farmshop offer
10% discount using the code THFYO10
With over 50 outlets in farm shops and Garden centres throughout England, Wales and Scotland, offering their customers this beneficial handmade product and receiving great feedback, they are obviously doing something right.
If you fancy stocking this great range, they have now designed a table top stand to display the range in too. They will even send a sample pack to any new perspective outlets.
NEW STOCKIST OFFER
3 tier table top wooden display stand with first order
Email us for more information
ZUMEX JUICING SOLUTIONS
Healthy eating has become a big trend in recent years.
56% of consumers have said that they are willing to pay more for a truly healthy product. One of the most popular ways to consume fresh, nutritious snacks,
has been through juicing;
Did you know in fact, every year the demand for freshly squeezed juice increases by 5% and orange juice remains the favourite with 46% of world consumption?
In the UK, Zumex juice machines can be obtained through OJ Fresh, who have been recognized as a leading player in the UK juicing industry for over 20 years supplying juicing machines to squeeze & press almost any type of fruit or vegetable. Through OJ Fresh, Zumex presents new design possibilities for juice services - possibilities to suit each space and maximize profits.
The best juicers give consumers a healthy 100% fresh drink and give businesses the opportunity to multiply their profits. The needs of each business vary depending on the volume of users and the daily demand for juice, or the integration of juicing technology among other factors.
OJ Fresh can advise on all your needs to meet your demands.
Smell the refreshing scent of sweet tangy oranges, whilst juicing.
DOES THIS CONCEPT WORK IN FARM SHOPS?
We have been speaking to many of our recent farm shop customers and, with the introduction of the latest Zumex Self Service juicer, sales have really taken off, without affecting the rest of their business.
Testimonials from two of our recent installations
Smiths Farm Shop in Northamptonshire says:
" Just 28 days in and it has tripled sales of fresh orange. The kids love to watch"
The Lambing Shed Farm Shop and Café in Cheshire says:
"The new juice machine has been such a hit with customers, people keep coming back for more, what a fab addition."
So impressed, they even named the orange juice machine Orla, as she is always working her juicy magic!
HOW WILL YOU KNOW IF IT WILL WORK FOR YOU?
Please give us a call to have a chat or visit our website to get full details of our
Zumex equipment range.
Follow us on Twitter, Instagram & Linkedin to get updates on what we're doing.
Information supplied and written by
NICK PRICE – DIRECTOR OF OJ FRESH LTD
Want to stock a product with a proven sale record and an Eighteen month shelf Life ?
Chapman's have been supplying independent retailers for over thirty years and whilst we understand the need to be constantly re-inventing products and their presentation to appeal to an ever changing customer driven marketplace, we like to think good old fashioned product quality and service will always be appreciated.
The Chapman family have been involved in the Seafish industry for several generations. Based in Grimsby in North-East Lincolnshire, our knowledge and experience is invaluable in all aspects of our business.
Central to the Chapman’s success story has been the late Mavis Chapman and her closely guarded recipes for her inspirational Fish Cakes. Like many Grimsby housewives she had her own special recipes for making traditional Fish Cakes from the fish that her husband Terry would bring from work. Mavis understood the principle of only ever using the finest ingredients and this is very much the cornerstone on which the Chapman business still operates.
Today her sons Kevin and Paul continue with this philosophy using some of Mavis’s very own recipes and some new ones developed and added along the way, that she would have being very proud of. We still have the pick of fish from local suppliers, and we aim to source our ingredients from local producers.
Chapmans continue to build on our heritage today and develop exciting and inspirational Fish and Seafood products. Having recently invested heavily in our kitchens and production facilities and obtained SALSA accreditation we none the less still retain the artisan practices that make our handmade products totally unique.
We now have a wide range of quality products to suit all customer groups, but our Fish Wellingtons are one of our best sellers. Chapman’s Wellingtons are sensational. Think portions of fish with mouth watering sauces encased in a light puff pastry. Truly Delicious! Your customers will love them. Perfect for impressing friends and family or just for a heart- warming meal. Our Fish Wellingtons are irresistible.
Simply place on a lightly greased baking tray and put into an oven pre-heated to 200°c (Gas mark 6) and cook for 30-35 minutes until pastry is crisp and fish cooked through. (In a non- fan assisted oven, cooking time may take longer).
All our products are delivered frozen and have shelf life’s of up to eighteen months making them a great product for farm shops. We take great care with our packaging as not only does it have to appeal to today's ever demanding customer, but in Covid times we feel customers want to know each product is safely wrapped giving the highest levels of hygiene and protection.
If you want to give our products a try we do a first introductory order of just 25 units and if you want to really work with us and become one of our Stockists we can offer a great support package:
PREMIUM BOTANICAL LIQUEURS
INSPIRED BY NATURE'S LARDER
What a wonderful way to say hello to spring with these beautiful, premium, botanical
liqueurs with fresh flavours, offered by The Whimsical Forager.
The Whimsical Forager use nature in its purest form to allow its unique flavour to be
enjoyed through drinks, cocktails and even in recipes and deserts whilst the inviting and
elegant branding show the pure craftsmanship that's happening in Cornwall.
Distilled in Cornwall and free from artificial sweeteners, colouring & flavouring.
Whimsical Forager take their inspiration from the Cornish countryside. You can see the
vision and inspiration of their surroundings shine through within their range of artisan,
botanical liqueurs, all created using high quality fresh fruit and
Cornish Spring water.
The team were lucky enough to sample all 3 of The Whimsical Forager's range!
From when we opened Whimsical's Lemon and Basil liqueur, we were met with a beautiful strong citrus scent and upon tasting, the fresh tangy lemon flavour comes right on through.
Two and a half lemons are used when creating this sophisticated tipple and with its
wonderfully refreshing zing it's simply delicious served either on its own, over ice, as a
spritz or the perfect refreshing liqueur between meals.
Upon taking a sip of the Orange and Tarragon liqueur we were instantly met with the herby fresh tarragon quickly followed by the fresh sweetness of orange.
This really is a beautifully balanced, hand-crafted liqueur which would work really well in a
Truly delicious was our overall thought. This delectable tipple went down well... too well,
even on a school night!
Before our lips even tasted the simple, pure flavours of the three ingredients within the
Nettle, Honey and Ginger liqueur, we savoured the deliciously sweet aroma of honey and
ginger. This soft, warming, earthy and incredibly versatile liqueur has the most
delightful ginger finish.
There's a place in everyone's drinks cabinet for this botanical beauty or perhaps with a
generous splash, you could give your cooking the edge that is needed!
If you don't fancy taking the plunge and simply want to sample or experiment, all of
Whimsical Forager's botanical liqueurs are available in not just 70cl bottles but 20cl too!
Indulge in Whimsical Forager's Gift Pack
Before we end our review, it would be mad of us not to mention the gift box!
Now, this is a gift your recipient won't forget in a hurry.
Arriving in a smart branded box, our 3 handsome bottles were nestled in a well thought out inner case and nicely padded with natural straw.
A lot of thought has gone into this design and we absolutely love it!
Everything about Whimsical Forager says, NATURAL and QUALITY.
Whimsical Forager's goal is to create surprising & progressive liqueurs that capture the
essence of good taste.
Fabulous Farm Shops feel they have already accomplished this and have hit the nail on the head with their completely natural and quite exceptional, handcrafted liqueurs.
If you have a farm shop product and fancy a review, get in touch with THE TEAM
Based on the outskirts of Bridport, Washingpool Farm Shop is a family-run business,
celebrating the current Farm Shop's 21st birthday and 50 years at the farm in 2021.
Three generations of the Holland family live and work on the farm, which produces greengrocery and meat for the award-winning Farm Shop and Restaurant.
Washingpool is renowned for its range of fresh greengrocery as the family formally ran two greengrocery shops in Bridport High Street.
A huge range of other food is supplied by local producers which the friendly shop staff are happy to give advice on.
Monday - Saturday 8-5
Photo's and editorial by Tarryn Draper, Proprietor.
The Butts farm shop specialises in rare breed, traceable meat.
We pride ourselves in low food miles as well as happy, local, free range and
grass fed animals.
As the new proprietor of the farm shop, I have added a small section of South African products to compliment the butchery, including making our own Boerewors.
In addition to an amazing selection of rare breed and game meat, we also sell fresh local fruit and vegetables, and farm fresh milk and butter.
There is always a selection of cakes and gluten free sweet treats available.
Both the farm shop & coffee shop are open Tuesday - Saturday 9 -4 and Sundays 10 -4
Free local delivery
Online shopping available
Owned by the Deeley family since 1974 and run by Farmer Patrick, the award-winning
Flower Farm is situated at the base of the picturesque North Downs in the heart of the
Surrey countryside on the A25, just east of Godstone.
Flower Farm is a 150-acre traditional family run mixed farm with cattle, turkeys, chickens,
pigs, fruit and vegetables.
We grow a wide range of pick your own crops including asparagus, strawberries,
raspberries, blackberries, cherries, plums and pumpkins.
Our award-winning farm shop has a butchery with much of our produce reared on the
farm, a deli where most of our offerings are hand made in house, and we sell an
unparalleled selection of locally sourced produce including artisan breads from our baker
David and Flower Farm free range eggs.
Our aim is to reconnect people with where their food comes from, providing quality local
produce, that places the kitchen at the heart of the home, and our online shop offers
delivery and collection within 48 hours, delivering locally and nationwide.
Every weekend, our fishmonger Stefan sets up his stall outside the shop selling fresh fish
caught on his boat La Belhara in Eastbourne Harbour.
We also sell beautiful hand-made bouquets of fresh flowers.
At Christmas you can order our farm reared Supreme Wirral turkeys which are reared
right here at Flower Farm.
All year round we have a tearoom with indoor and outdoor seating that sells coffee, tea,
homemade cakes and light lunches, and we have a taproom–where we brew and sell our
own beer on site.
In the summer we are home to the Strawberry Fields Pub Garden, the largest pub garden
outside of London, with mini golf, a Maize Maze and other games to entertain the children.
As a performance and events venue, we are
home to Godstoneberry music festival,
Oktoberryfest–the biggest Oktoberfest event
outside London, Jingleberry Christmas party
nights and many smaller live music events
that run throughout the year.
In 2020 Flower Farm was named Large Diversification Innovator of the year Silver Winner at the British Farming Awards.
We were also awarded the 'East Surrey Community Champion' Award by Claire Coutinho
MP, named Best Local Produce Supplier in the Southern Enterprise Awards, and Farmer Patrick himself was named BBC 'Make A Difference Heroes' Winner, in the Key Worker category and was also awarded 'Pride of Surrey' by the Surrey Life Food & Drink Awards!
Introducing Zero Waste Refill Hub
Zero Waste Refill Hub for creating personalised plastic free shopping
Zero Waste Refill Hub recognises the urgent climate impacts of waste and has been designed to assist retailers of all sizes to dramatically reduce food waste and help eliminate single use packaging.
At Zero Waste Refill Hub, founded by Gary Kemp, a business owner and retailer consultant with over 40 years experience, we provide you with everything you need to establish a package free bulk food department.
If space is limited, we can design a unit from just a metre in width.
Our goal is to encourage people to avoid waste and recycle. In turn this will raise
awareness of environmental waste issues and lead to essential behavioural changes.
This system can also benefit your customers as it saves them money by buying products in greater quantities.
This will in turn be a great business opportunity and deliver improved margins.
What do we Offer?
Our services take you from start to finish,
planning, installation, product sourcing and aftercare.
We can help you with:
To date, we have collaborated with many major retailers including Heart of England Co-op,
Budgens and Filco.
Receiving positive comments from both the retailers and their customers.
Could you benefit from this exciting initiative to deliver sustainable shopping in
your business and for your community?
Please contact us for a friendly chat to discuss your requirements of how we may be able to
More information is available through our website and you can also follow us via our social
media pages (LinkedIn, Twitter and Facebook) to receive updates on what we do.
McLaren's Kitchen is a company with family at the heart.
With the encouragement of her farmer husband and budding entrepreneurs (2 young
daughters) founder, Tory McLarens' dream of launching her own business has recently
become a reality.
With the focus on delicious treats and foods that have a healthier twist and with their ethos
being all about cooking from scratch, using good quality ingredients, McLaren's Kitchen
McLaren's Kitchen has certainly worked tirelessly on creating ways for us to enjoy our food
whilst encouraging good gut health. This is achieved by McLaren's creative ways of
implementing alternative flours. Today, McLaren's grow their own Spelt Wheat which is
processed locally and gives a wonderfully natural and nutty taste to their range of cakes.
The team received McLaren's NEW bake at home, Chocolate Brownie mix in a rather
smart, glass Kilner jar and immediately thought, what a great way to store your homemade
cookies, once made - if they make it that far!
Eggs and butter are all you need to add as everything else you require to bake gorgeous
gooey chocolate brownies are already measured, weighed and packed neatly in this jar and
that includes Wheat Spelt Flour and a generous amount of Dark Belgian Chocolate chunks!
If you're unaware, Spelt Flour is a fabulous and healthy alternative. Ground from an easily
digestible ancient grain, it's high in fibre and gives you a lighter texture in baked goods.
And that makes these healthy chocolate brownies... right?
With just having Mother’s Day, the team thought that this easy-peasy bake at home kit,
would make a lovely baking project for mothers to do with their children. The little people
can follow the simple and straight forward instructions without much measuring (as long
as they don’t eat all the mix before you bake it) and there's very little mess to have to
deal with afterwards. Big bonus!
It’s safe to say after baking McLaren's Gorgeous Gooey Chocolate Brownie mix, the team
were MORE than keen to sample our creation.
The mouth-watering chocolate smell filled our kitchen and it was clearly very difficult for
some of our team members to restrain themselves.
Suffice to say, upon our first bite, WOW!!
These incredibly delicious brownies offer quite a delectable and moreish mix of a firm
crisp texture paired with the gorgeous gooey chocolate chunks within. So good, that the
cute Kilner jar will not be required for storage.
What a brilliant gift for any chocolate lover to enjoy and if by chance they can refrain from
devouring them all at once, they can be stored in the freezer for up to 3 months.
This is a company with a heart and with family at its core. The team are excited to see
what McLaren's continue to create!
If you have a farm shop product and fancy a review, get in touch with the TEAM
Inspired by their surroundings of the North Cornish coast, its sunnier climes and its lush
green grass pastures ensures Davidstow's high-quality Cheddar cheese is naturally rich in
With a loyal team of expert cheesemakers, Davidstow Cheddar have been meticulously
crafting their cheddar for over 70 years, never rushing the process as 'Taste Takes Time'.
Davidstow allow their cheese to slowly mature and develop into the rich & flavoursome,
award-winning cheddar they're rightly famous for.
This company not only cares about their customers taste experience but also their local
rural & farming communities, through its partnership with the Prince's Countryside Fund.
We received Davidstow's new range of six exciting cheeses to review, specifically for farm shops, with maturities ranging from 12 to 60 months...
We started with Davidstow's 12 Month Classic with it delighting our senses with a full
flavoured, creamy cheddar. This we felt would be our 'go to' cheddar, perfect for your
everyday bubbling cheese on toast topper or in a simple sandwich.
The team were genuinely surprised at how, even by moving onto Davidstow's 24 Month
Crackler, the noticeable difference in this mature Cheddar.
This firm textured cheese is strong and tangy in taste and will definitely add some va va
voom to your Ploughman's.
By this time, we were all pretty keen to sample Davidstow's 36 Month Reserve Cheddar!
Now THIS packs a punch and really gets our taste buds going.
This is a mighty strong, robust cheese and with its punchy, full flavour and deliciously
crunchy texture, you really don't need to be a genius to figure out why this has won multi
Moving onto Davidstow's good looking and high-end, wax-enrobed ingot range.
We began with Davidstow's 20 Month Crackler.
Made with exacting care, using 100% Cornish milk, this extra mature ingot, delivers a
smooth flavour with a fabulous texture. We found this a perfect all-rounder and with its
slight crunch, this cheese would perform well at any cheese night!
The 40 Month Reserve waxed ingot is simply divine and hit us with its distinctively rich
flavour, intense creaminess and superb crunchy texture.
Unsurprisingly, yet another multi award-winner!
Which then lead us on to Davidstow's 60 Month Special Vintage Reserve.
Where are the awards for this one we asked ourselves?
The gritty texture of this special, SPECIAL cheese is nothing but excellent and its intense
flavour offered us a long-lasting after-taste and left us wanting more... much more.
Yes, we nibbled through this entire block in one sitting!
Every one of Davidstow's cheeses are beautifully matured and well presented and our
review was not only a wonderful experience AND an education but a privilege too and we whole heartily recommend Davidstow's scrumptious range of Cheddars for any cheese
If you're a farm shop looking for something special, why not enquire HERE?
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The idea of Gattertop's beautiful craft vodka products came from growing up in and
around nature, where childhood days were spent fruit picking from their historic,
Herefordshire family farm.
Gemma Standeven the founder of these inviting drinks has experimented for many years,
with various spirits until she finally found her award-winning recipes.
Gattertop isn’t just about making wonderful drinks, the importance of sustainability is
clear to see.
Being environmentally responsible, Gattertop hold a Soil Association certified organic
license and implement organic methods within their organic orchard. Even Gattertop's
labels and marketing material are thoughtfully created using recycled paper.
The team began their review with Gattertop's Botanic No7 and we were all really impressed
with its simple, yet elegant design.
Gattertop have clearly worked hard to get this drink just right.
This 100% British made grain spirit is balanced perfectly; infused with seasonal damson
blossom, apple blossom, elderflower, basil, lemon, rosemary all foraged throughout the
year from Gattertop's ancient orchards, hedgerows, fields, woodlands and gardens.
Traditionally distilled in small batches in copper pot stills, this earthy & crisp, yet
completely natural vodka was a real treat for the team when paired with soda water.
From Branch to Bottle
The team were intrigued by the dark colouring of Gattertop's Damson No12 craft Vodka.
We served simply over ice and this didn't disappoint!
Home-grown damsons are steeped in quality British Vodka for an entire year to develop its
incredibly deep and nutty, yet fruity character... a perfect after-dinner drink.
With its delicious fragrant aroma and sweet smooth taste, it comes as no surprise to the
team that Damson No 12 has won multiple awards AND is an award winning Great Taste
Well, who doesn’t love to receive a gift box?
Gattertop not only produce amazing tasting vodka's but create fantastic gift boxes too!
Arriving in a handsome box and beautifully packaged, there's no doubt that Gattertop's gift
boxes would make a brilliant present...
Gattertop's 'Entertaining at Home' with Botanic No7 Vodka gift box includes a 70cl botanic
No7 Vodka, French rosemary almonds, natural light tonic water, soda water, lemon and
thyme olives as well as a timeline classic game.
The team were delighted with the innovative gift selection. Gattertop have certainly
thought this through and we feel this gift box is a 'fun night in' winner!
As the team continue to enjoy the flavours and delights in this gift box, all that is left to say
is cheers, bottoms up, we hope you enjoy Gattertop's award-winning drinks as much as
If you have a farm shop product and fancy a review, get in touch with
Whenever the team get to receive an award-winning food they are instantly excited.
Bottlebrush Ferments produce live, raw and naturally fermented Kimchi's and
Sauerkraut's which are not only great tasting but help improve people's gut health in a
quick, easy and convenient way.
Fermented the traditional way using ‘wild’ lacto-fermentation to encourage the growth of beneficial bacteria, that when eaten regularly, Bottlebrush's ferments can boost gut health, as well as all-round health and well-being.
Bottlebrush Ferments co-founders Ben Payne & Hesh Daud have 30 years of experience in
their fields of personal trainer/health coach & chef and their passion is clear - HEALTHY
LIVING - which they feel, starts with the live products they create.
The name of the brand Bottlebrush is taken from is a flower which was grown in both their back gardens when growing up in Australia and even when miles apart, this flower was able to show its adaptability and resilience just like this amazingly talented pair!
Fabulous Farm Shops received 4 generous sized jars to review
Starting with the teams favourite!
When opening this jar of Kimchi, we were hit with the most wonderful aromas of garlic
When they say 'bursting with flavour' then this is IT!
Bottlebrush's jar of Kimchi is packed with super fresh Chinese cabbage, spring onions,
garlic, a pop of chilli and a zing of ginger. It's delicious, different, crunchy & definitely
moreish so it wasn't too long before this jar was devoured.
The Yellow One's aroma was beautifully sweet with a scent of ginger and turmeric.
This live, raw and unpasteurised Sauerkraut is zesty and fruity, reminiscent of a summers day and would be a pretty perfect and, let's not forget, HEALTHY topping to your burger this BBQ season.
The White One is Bottlebrush's 'plain and simple' Sauerkraut.
We don't feel that way though!
The distinct flavours of the Horseradish and dill within this healthy jar of goodness brings it to life and will add a zing and a crunch to any dish you wish.
The Purple One's aroma is dark, rich and earthy and we feel this versatile vegan Sauerkraut would be a good (daily) all-rounder by livening up your chicken or fish dish or even your predictable ploughman's.
Worth remembering... there's nothing nasty added to any of Bottlebrushes ferments, just all natural goodness.
There's a reason why Bottlebrush have bagged so many Great Taste awards.
Their 100% natural Sauerkraut and Kimchi range tastes amazing & will love you from the inside out, helping us all to eat well & look after our gut!
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Situated between Bulwick and Laxton villages in the heart of Northamptonshire
countryside, New Lodge Farm has focussed on cattle and sheep production using
traditional organic methods of farming for over 100 years.
Owned by the Singlehurst family it has, over the past 20 years, developed an award
winning farm shop, butchery and eatery as well as a five star adults only site for touring
caravans, motorhomes, campers and glamping enthusiasts.
The New Lodge Farm shop was specifically created to act as a window for our homegrown
produce as well as for other local suppliers who shared our philosophy around sustainable
The shop operates a click and collect service for all your food and drink
The shelves contain a plethora of locally sourced foods, beverages, which are enhanced at weekends by an extended range of fresh fruit and vegetables sold by our local grocer.
The handicrafts and household items we provide present style and functionality to any
room in the house and our range of gifts and health & beauty products offer luxury to
tempt and indulge.
The Lockdown and Picnic park café’s provide family friendly, safe and scenic areas to eat
and drink enabling our customers to socialise in a homely and relaxed environment. A
selection from our menu is also offered in takeaway form.
Our chef and staff are committed to providing the best possible eating experience, serving
hearty meals, snacks and drinks that contain locally sourced ingredients.
Alongside our shop and café facilities we have also developed a five star, adults only,
touring caravan, motorhome, camping and glamping site. Open from March to the end of
October, the site offers a tranquil and peaceful haven for its guests.
Shop and Café opening hours
Daily: 9:00am to 3:00pm
Times correct as of 12/04/21
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TASTE TAKES TIME
Most of the farmers who work with us are family-owned businesses, all operating to our
exacting Davidstow Farm Standards (which we apply in addition to the Red Tractor
Assurance Scheme). Our recipes are unique thanks to the bespoke cultures and processes
we’ve developed and refined over the years.
The multi-award winning cheese is made by a team of expert cheese makers and graders,
many of whom have been with us for most of their working lives, amassing a wealth of skill
& knowledge over the years.
We offer a range of cheddar maturities, from 12 to 60 months, each following our unique
We have developed a new range of six products, specifically for Farm Shops. Differentiated in size, format and age profile to that offered in the supermarkets, they offer Farm Shops a recognisable premium brand in a bespoke offering.
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I think the only thing the team can say when receiving this package was WOW!
What a lovely range of products to review with high quality & well thought out items.
Lochs & Fens brings you the best of both worlds when it comes to country homeware.
Lochs and Fens inspiration came from not only the beauty of the flora and fauna of Argyll
and Lincolnshire but by mother and daughter wanting to spend more time together.
Their incredible talent is clear to see as their original artwork features across Lochs and
Fens high quality range of tea towels, aprons, toiletries, range-top pads and stationery.
The company isn’t just about a lovely family story but also their commitment and care for the world by ensuring all they can do to be eco-friendly.
Even Lochs and Fens packaging is environmentally friendly, and their special boxes result in 30% saved in co2 emissions. Upon opening our package, we were met with a selection
of beautifully presented products all wrapped in sumptuous, royal blue, acid free tissue
Starting with Lochs oven gloves... we were all surprised with just how thick they were!
The coarse texture on one side to help grip hot dishes gave us a level of comfort knowing
our hands were, quite literally, in safe hands and with the simple and yet quite beautiful
pheasant design makes this a good looking oven glove, perfect for any kitchen.
One of the team (not mentioning who!) has a clumsy nature and was delighted to see
that when worn, this glove not only covered her hands but past her wrists too,
giving her that extra level of (much needed) protection.
All the team loved the style of the beautifully drawn stag on Lochs and Fens tea towel
So lovely in fact, that we felt this would be used as our ‘best tea towel’, reserved for special
Being soft and yet firm to the touch, this high quality tea towel would stand up well in any
busy kitchen and like the oven glove, Lochs tea towels are made from 100% unbleached
Lochs and Fens greetings cards are incredibly thick, which certainly gives you the sense of
Of course, you could send a little note to a friend using this fully recyclable card but
we felt, looking at the fabulous designs and original artwork, this would look even better
framed and hung on our walls... such is the quality!
Now soap in recent times has much more of a meaning than just cleaning your hands and
what with the amount of hand washing happening, it'd be rather nice to give your hands a
bit of a treat!
Lochs and Fens triple-mill their soap for a luxurious smooth lather. With its bluebell aroma scent, this soap is not only moisturising, it lathers in your hands (even using a tiny amount) leaving your hands feeling soft and wonderfully fresh, without that dry, after-feeling.
There's nothing better than the thought of a relaxing evening and a bubble bath to soak
away your day.
All of the team are rather partial to good quality candles, knowing that scent, design and
longevity are key, so you'll be pleased to hear that Lochs and Fens candles hit all these areas
with flying colours, with the added environmental bonus that Lochs candles are made in
recycled glass jars and created with 100% soy!
With the simple yet elegant design(s) on the jar and the long lasting aromatic lavender, this will help you along your way to feeling relaxed and well centred.
Here at Fabulous Farm Shops, we're excited to see this company grow and expand their
gorgeous designs as they continue to gain inspiration from Argyll and Lincolnshire.
Considering the freezing weather these past few weeks and the fact we're stuck indoors during lockdown, receiving some bags of Hotmax's natural wood dust fuel logs to review couldn't have been better timed.
Who is Hotmax?
Hotmax is a 100% natural, high energy fuel log, made by Bedmax Limited, a multi-award
winning (Royal Warrant holder company who actually create horse bedding) and the dust
extracted from these shavings are compressed into high-density, fuel logs.
Hotmax fuel logs are fully traceable and sustainable
Now, I don't know about you, but my buying decisions are far more considered than ever
before and I believe (or rather hope & pray) we're all becoming far more environmentally
Now, more than ever, it's crucial that us consumers make the right choice, so it's important
to point out just how eco-friendly Hotmax are.
The 'clean to handle' plastic free and recyclable packaging has been thoughtfully branded using water-based, non-toxic ink making it suitable for organic composting and once burnt the ash residue makes an excellent organic compost to scatter in the garden!
Is there anything these guys haven't thought through?
We began our fire with 4 fuel logs. These are all of a convenient size, clean too and these dense, chunky logs were not only very easy to light but they gave off a high heat incredibly quickly.
Hotmax fuel logs are odourless, virtually smokeless and super efficient with none of those 'tea spilling' surprising sparks!
We were all very impressed that our simple fire was still steadily burning away and giving off some excellent heat (without any prodding and poking) over an hour later.
100% natural AND 100% British
It's good to know that Hotmax are Woodsure accredited, meaning their fuel logs contain
very little moisture and immediately ready to burn and by being completely natural, makes
them a cost effective, clean fuel for not only your wood burner or firepit but an ideal
cooking fuel for your summer BBQ too!
Hotmax offer stockists a range of promotional support & farm shops interested in stocking
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By Mark Gladwin
FoodOrders have a mission to support the independent retail and hospitality markets by creating a future proof additional revenue stream.
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Although our Apps come fully loaded and is easily one of the most robust and all-round-solution on the market, we can often tailor make and add solutions to suit your requirements.
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2. It is easy to manage and use – we can build in most features to make your App bespoke
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4. Allows your team to focus on the service creating happy and repeat custom.
5. Allows you to trade even if the doors are closed.
6. Gives you control and allows your business to flourish in all economic conditions.
7. Provides your customers with an easy-to-use online ordering portal creating happy
Why Choose FoodOrders for your Farm Shop?
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TRAINING VIDEOS TO MANAGE THE DASHBOARD
You’ll a fully bespoke training package to help you manage your App and we can create different levels of Admin access so that you can delegate certain areas of the dashboard to different members of staff
You can create Up-Sells and Cross Sells to increase sales and profit as well as use your App to advertise daily/weekly/seasonal promotions
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Located in Huddersfield and boasting numerous awards, the long established and family-
run Hinchliffe's Farm Shop is clearly a winner and a popular destination.
This fabulous farm shop offers you all your store cupboard essentials (and a whole lot
more) with the added benefit of Hinchcliffe's own home reared beef, award winning pies,
renowned flavoured sausages and multi award-winning bacon.
Hinchliffe's has so much to offer!
Within Hinchliffe's you'll find locally produced meats, a deli offering a scrumptious
selection of cheeses, an incredible range of wines, fresh fish & seafood, ready meals, plants
& flowers as well as an excellent selection of fresh, locally sourced fruit, vegetables,
Hinchliffe’s own range of jams, pickles & chutneys and even 'Hinchliffe's very own freshly
laid free range eggs!
Hinchliffe's in-house bakery create a superb selection of delicious
breads, tasty treats & cakes... daily.
Hinchliffe boast the most incredible fine wine selection!
Hinchliffe's 'wine wall' must be the envy of the county and you'll find not only the classics
& modern gems here, but some are so exclusive that they can’t be found anywhere else in
Perfect for that special celebration.
The deli counter is packed full with Yorkshire, British & continental cheeses, olives, pasties freshly prepared sandwiches, salads, chutneys and cooked meats.
Hinchliffe's famous award-winning pork pies are baked throughout the day.
Hinchliffe's sausages, bacon and black Pudding are all Great Taste Award winners and luckily for us, they feature in Hinchliffe's popular, freshly cooked, Full English Breakfast!
Take a look at Hinchliffe's takeaway menu HERE
When not in lockdown, Hinchliffe's restaurant 'The Rusty Bull' is open
Monday-Saturday 9am to 5.30pm
Sunday 10am to 5pm
Friday & Saturday 6.30pm to 9.30pm
FARM SHOP OPENING HOURS:
To locate Hinchliffe's Farm Shop & all other West Yorkshire farm shops, click HERE
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Hning times: Mon-Sat 9:00am - 5:30pm, Sun 10:00am - 4:00pmop opening times: Mon-Sat 9:00am - 5:30pm, Sun 10:00am - 4:00pm
What a delightful package to open especially given the lockdown; our team were so excited
to try the vibrant, colourful and elegant designed alcoholic canned drinks from Sipful!
It is nice to see, with the whole world changing its view to become more sustainable and
environmentally friendly, that Sipful Drinks have taken this on board.
The company's founders Darius and Emily have really touched upon how people love to
socialise and these drinks make the perfect company for any such occasion with a touch of
sophistication. By using organic wine and 100% natural fruits, shows us the sense of care
& thought gone into creating these products.
Cocktails in a Can
Not only being vegan, gluten and dairy free, Sipful's range come in recyclable cans. In fact, each can you pop in the recycling bin can be back on the shelf within 60 days!
It's worth mentioning the wonderful design on the cans too, which we feel tells you
all we need to know about the exciting flavours that await!
We sampled Sipful's current range which consists of Organic Bubbles, Peach Bellini and
both the Orange and Blood Orange Mimosa’s.
100% natural fruit and flavours
The sweet and 100% REAL Peach Bellini was temptingly intense & before it even hit our
lips our mouths were watering, and our senses filled with summery peach delight.
A bubbly & refreshing tipple with a superb tangy aftertaste which clearly has been expertly
mixed using selected organic bubbly.
The Blood Orange Mimosa came out on top with the team...
The exceptional flavours and the deep fruity taste made us think of those summer evenings kicking back and having a get together with friends & watching the sun go down
(remember those evenings?)
This quite delicious, totally natural, yet alcoholic cocktail, is delivered in a recyclable can,
and we're impressed!
Let the Party Begin!
After lockdown, we believe Sipful's premium range of cocktails will be spotted on
numerous picnic tables, at BBQ's & festivals across the land.
Sipful's drinks have a real honest favour and certainly a product our team would be happy
to review again... and again!
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