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
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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:
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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!
Located on the Isle of Wight, between Shanklin and Newport, family-owned
Brownrigg's Farm Shop produce their own top quality meats.
Winners of the 2020 Rural Awards, Wight Marque Food Business of the Year, Brownrigg's
offer an extensive range of local produce and strongly support local artisan producers.
Along with their famous poultry & free range eggs, Brownriggs also rear traditional ruby
red cattle and even their own free range pork.
Brownrigg's free range hens produce over 3000 eggs a day!
Within the farm shop you'll not only find an in-house butchery showcasing Brownrigg's
fabulous range of quality sausages, pork joints and dry cured bacon, but a truly impressive
range of fresh local produce, everyday staples, artisan foods organic and gluten free
products, making this farm shop quite the perfect place for your weekly shop.
Championing Local Producers
Brownrigg's boast a wonderful range of fresh I.O.W goodies. From Briddlesford's Farm
milk, local dairy butter and cream, a wonderful array of freshly baked breads, pastries and
pies, local spirits, home grown Strawberries and of course... Isle of Wight tomatoes!
Brownrigg's now stock a wide range of eco-friendly plastic free and biodegradable
products, many available to refill at their new refill station. From plastic free shampoo &
conditioner, soap and toothpaste to household cleaning products & laundry liquids.
Brownrigg's have recently launched their new online shop offering both click and collect
& local delivery.
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
Winter: Wednesday to Sunday 9:00am to 3:00pm
Spring / Summer / Autumn: 7 days a week, 09:00am to 05:00pm
If you fancy a farm shop feature, get in touch with the TEAM!
The Honey Tree is an independent social enterprise which began trading in Newcastle in
1999 with a vision... to put local, organic foods on the map!
Today, The Honey Tree continue their dedicated work to offer sustainable, healthy and
organic foods to their community and the store is brimming with great tasting, fresh &
locally sourced, healthy foods, with even Rick Stein naming The Honey Tree as a 'Local
How's that for a claim to fame?
The Honey Tree offer everything you might need for your weekly shop (and more) from
store cupboard essentials, to ready-meals... but with a difference! Every product The Honey Tree stock is either locally sourced or ethically produced.
For example, the vibrant array of organic fruit and vegetables come direct from local farms
and trusted suppliers (much is picked to order!)
You'll find a good range of local and organically reared meats along with dairy produce,
condiments, scrumptious local honeycomb and wholefoods.
Vegans are sure to be impressed by the spectacular range of plant based foods on offer,
and with a delicious selection of freshly baked breads available and even a takeaway
menu... really, why go anywhere else?
Fabulous Regional Cheeses
Locally sourced, raw and organic, mature organic goat’s & sheep’s cheese as well as a
full range of whole raw cheeses can be found on the deli counter!
Refill Reuse Recycle
The Honey Tree's refill service is second to none and you can fill up on a huge range of
loose commodities such as porridge oats, lentils, muesli, almonds and sultanas.
But that's not all.
Shampoo, conditioner, body wash, washing up liquid, hand soap, laundry liquid and even fabric conditioner are all available at the refill station.
There's really no excuse not to get involved with the zero waste movement and help
reduce packaging and unnecessary waste.
The Honey Tree now offer a veg box delivery & collection service. This great value box of
goodness is packed with freshly picked, locally supplied, healthy organic produce.
The team at Woodview Farm are passionate about fresh local produce & quality meats.
Located in Gamlingay in Bedfordshire, this independent, family-run, working farm offers a
wonderful and well stocked farm shop and a butchery along with a specialist deli counter
and their popular café serves simple and deliciously fresh meals.
Woodview Farm's shop specialise in a wide range of fresh & local fruit and vegetables
which are all handpicked for quality & taste.
By being dedicated to providing only the highest-quality, either from their own farm or
from sourcing from the best local suppliers, the farm shop is filled with an array of
fabulous farm shop produce.
From handmade cakes, fresh breads, condiments and sauces and jams to ready meals,
local Bedfordshire honey, juices and fine wines, including locally distilled spirits and
an impressive range of local ciders & beers.
The superb specialist delicatessen offers cold cuts, pies, pasties, home made Scotch Eggs,
faggots, quiches and Woodview's secret recipe sausages (which are all created on site!) You'll certainly be impressed with the incredible range of cheeses on offer.
Woodview's team of master butchers have years of knowledge and experience in
preparing the finest cuts and serve their own hand-reared pork, lamb and poultry whilst
the 21-day aged beef is sourced from trusted, local suppliers to ensure full traceability.
Woodview Farm's welcoming café serves a delicious, seasonal menu.
From traditional and freshly cooked weekend breakfasts' to a popular Sunday carvery.
It's good to know that every homecooked meal is created using fresh local produce so it
comes as no surprise that Woodview's customers return time and time again!
IN SUPPORT OF RABI
Fabulous Farm Shops, the one stop farm shop directory lists every farm shop in England
and on entering lockdown, the team at Fabulous Farm Shops were acutely aware of the
impact and the damage Coronavirus would have on, not only the small independent farm
shops, but the farming community and their families.
Wanting to do their bit the team actively encouraged farm shops to add live links to their
listing on their directory. This upgrade allowed farm shop owners to add extra information
about their farm shop for a year and 100% of this upgrade was donated to RABI.
RABI – The Royal Agricultural Benevolent Institution is farming’s oldest and largest charity
and have served the farming community since 1860, offering financial support, practical
care and guidance to farmers, farmworkers and their dependants.
Claire Mortimer, a partner of Fabulous Farm Shops, said: ‘We had to move quickly, of
course we wanted to help farm shops, but we really needed to give something back and to
support our farmers, Covid hit R.A.B.I hard and they needed our support more than ever’
RABI Communications Manager Rob Harris quotes:
"We greatly appreciate the efforts of Fabulous Farm Shops and the farm shops who
supported us. Over many months they’ve taken the time and trouble to raise awareness of
our work, as well as donating a significant sum of money. We’re extremely grateful to Claire
and her team for all they’ve done on our behalf.”
To date, the total amount raised is £665.00
Having received a beautiful package from Bumble Wrap we were all rather excited to try
these environmentally friendly, plastic-free, food wraps.
Located in York, this incredibly enthusiastic and passionate company have created a
vibrant and versatile range of handmade, 100% cotton and beeswax food wraps that will
not only keep your food fresh but are non-toxic & 100% biodegradable too!
But, before we even try these eco-friendly wraps, it's pretty amazing to know that Bumble Wrap are helping towards a sustainable world by creating this natural alternative to cling film that you can wash and reuse time and time again.
Bumble Wraps are mouldable, so even odd-shaped foods can be wrapped meaning you can use them in a number of different ways, there's even have a 'how to' section on Bumble Wraps website where you'll find simple instructions on how to make the most effective sandwich wrap or even a gift box!
One of our team has recently had a baby and felt Bumble Wrap's snack pouch would come in very handy in the future when she's out and about with her baby, not only because it's
completely natural, but pliable too and so easy to clean and reuse.
The teams final say is... we're converted!
After trialling Bumble Wraps, we agree that there's absolutely no need for single use plastic
food coverings, so we're ditching the cling film and making the change!
You should too.
Thank you Bumble Wrap!
The Blackwell family has been farming in the Coggeshall area for four generations.
The ethos of our award-winning Farm Shop, Butchery and Deli is to support local
producers and farmers and over 90% of the produce we market is sourced from within a
We source our meat from our own farm or local farmers known and trusted by ourselves
for their good husbandry skills.
Our free-range chickens from Sutton Hoo, Sutton Hoo focus on high welfare; the birds live
in small groups with shelter from the elements, in mobile houses that have no artificial
lighting and are naturally ventilated.
The chickens roam freely over 40 acres of Suffolk meadows, where they are free to peck,
graze and engage in their natural behaviours. They believe that a slower grown chicken,
matured for up to 12 weeks, naturally develops quality, fuller flavour, and succulence.
Our friendly, knowledgeable butchers are always on hand to help with cuts of meat and we
are always happy to help source the more unusual meats.
Our deli is brimming with cheese from across Europe as well as some great English
favourites. We also offer traditional hams, cooked meats, and Dingley Dell’s Artisan
selection of air-dried meats.
We have a large supply of traditionally grown seasonal veg’ and source a variety of fruits
from Sible Hedingham.
Our talented chefs within our on-site kitchen produce a selection of seasonal ready to bake
pies along with soups, sausage rolls, pasties, and dishes such as beef lasagne, cottage pie,
Moroccan lamb stew, lasagne, and many more.
Other local products we stock include, Farmer Browns Rapeseed Oil from Bures, Fairfield
Crisps from Wormingford, smoked fish from Maldon, potatoes from Manningtree, Eggs
from Stanway, and honey produced by the bees on our farm.
For those with a sweet tooth, our on-site bakers create delicious cakes, pastries, and
desserts. Each week we have different sweet treats available.
In 2015, we introduced Blackwells Catering, also based on-site. Mark, our Head Chef is on
hand to create the perfect menu for events and functions. Mark and his team are
committed to working alongside customers when planning a menu, whether it be a formal
wedding breakfast, summer picnic, hog roast, dinner party or corporate event.
Our creative bakers are also part of this service offering personalised cakes, bakes and
cupcakes for special occasions.
Blackwells offer personalised cakes, bakes & cupcakes for special occasions.
At Blackwells we pride ourselves in keeping it local and are constantly looking to add more
locally produced products to our already extensive list.
So why not come in and see how we are doing…
Monday – Friday: 8am – 5.30pm
Saturday: 8am – 4pm
Sunday: 10am – 3pm
Wave goodbye to clingfilm!
Yorkshire based Bumble Wrap have created the most beautiful, plastic-free food covering
by using 100% cotton, beeswax, tree resin and a drop of jojoba oil.
These completely natural, washable, re-useable AND compostable wax wraps eliminate
the need for single use cling film and tin foil and will keep your food fresher for longer
meaning less FOOD WASTE!
Ditch the plastic
Being 100% biodegradable and with zero contaminants or toxins, eco-friendly Bumble
Wraps are the natural alternative to single-use plastic and by swapping your plastic wrap
for Bumble Wraps is one small (but amazing) step towards living a more sustainable
Wrap. Wash. Reuse.
The jojoba oil gives Bumble Wrap greater flexibility and even has antifungal properties,
whilst the rosin adds the ‘stick’ we are familiar with from cling film.
But the biggest buzz about Bumble Wrap beeswax food wraps is they're reusable, simply
wash in cool soapy water and air dry ready for next time.
Bumble wrap Beeswax food wraps can be used to wrap or cover most foods, so a few
simple folds and a pinch at the corners will keep your sandwiches fresh. Use the warmth of your hands to seal as you fold over leftovers from last nights dinner...
From pretty ditsy florals and bold stripes to traditional Christmas themes.
Bumble Wraps are available in a fabulous range of patterns and sizes.
At the foot of the Yorkshire Wolds you'll find The Mile Farm Shop, Feed Barn & Campsite and this friendly family run business offers a good old fashioned 'carry to the car' service!
The Mile Farm Shop pride themselves on supplying quality local produce and specialise in
artisan food and drink, from fresh fruit & vegetables to luxury hampers, locally brewed
beers and some fabulous local cheeses.
You'll find an impressive range of ready meals, fresh meats, dairy products, fresh fish and
an excellent variety of breads and cakes in addition to all your store cupboard essentials.
During lockdown and government guidelines, The Mile very quickly withdrew their
indoor children's fun play area and replaced with a super spacious café (with further
seating outside under a veranda) which currently serves a takeaway menu (AO 10/11/20)
Popular with cyclists and dog walkers alike, the Mile or rather, the Smile Café serves a good
range of drinks, breakfasts and light bites such as paninis and sandwiches, all of which
are available to takeaway... at present, local delivery is also available.
The Mile's gift section has expanded and there's an exciting selection of locally crafted
homewares and unusual gifts, many with a countryside theme, to browse and purchase.
The Mile Farm Shop have recently launched a very impressive online shop!
All of their wonderful products are available to order, not only for click & collection or
local delivery BUT national delivery too!
So from local gins to horse feed, you can get everything you need from The Mile Farm
Shop delivered straight to your door, no matter where you are in the country!
The Feed Barn stocks a wide range of dog, cat, bird, rabbit, horse and poultry supplies.
You'll find hay, straw, horse, guinea pig, dog and rabbit food & a wide range of wild bird
food and feeders.
The Mile Campsite has views across the Yorkshire Wolds and is open all year!
It's a superb location for families, couples or individuals to explore York, the Yorkshire
Wolds and the Yorkshire Coastline.
Opening Hours (AO 10/11/20)
Monday to Friday 8:00am - 3:00pm
Saturday & Sunday 9:00am - 1:00pm
To locate The Mile Farm Shop along with all other East Riding of Yorkshire farm shops, click HERE
If you would like to see YOUR farm shop featured email The Team
Located in Somerset, family run Ebdon Firewood Ltd supply kiln dried and seasoned hard
wood logs, kindling, eco logs & firelighters and the ethos of this fabulous company is to be
as environmentally conscious as possible.
The team at Fabulous Farm Shops had a right old burn up this week after we received
Ebdon's NEW 'handy' bags of firewood along with Ebdon's kindling and natural
Firstly and importantly, Ebdon's firewood is Woodsure accredited (the UK's ONLY
woodfuel quality assurance scheme) which means you can be super confident that all the
firewood supplied by Ebdon is top-notch, high-quality wood and nothing else!
Have you always struggled to light a good fire?
I have and appreciate there's a knack to it but never questioned it could be the quality of
the wood that I was using. So, I've spent many disappointing hours poking and blowing but never have I managed to copy the iconic roaring fire I'd always hoped for.
So when I was asked to try Ebdon's wood, kindling and firelighters, I thought, hmmm...I'll
give it a good go but I'm not holding my breath! It's just wood, right?
I began like I always do by using a handful of kindling and then added a couple of Ebdon's
dried logs, lit a firelighter, popped it between the kindling and wandered off. So used to
the disappointing and time wasting fires I usually create, it didn't occur to me that this
would be any different!
Within minutes, I was being congratulated by the family for the wonderful roaring fire I
had taken time to make and how warm and cosy the living room felt!
Of course, I couldn't accept the compliment's...clearly this was all down to Ebdon's quality
wood. So impressed I am, that I've ferreted away enough for Christmas Day.
We all love the fact that Ebdon avoid single use plastics and instead use jute sacks.
These jute sacks are 100% biodegradable, recyclable and reusable and with 50p off their
next Ebdon purchase, will certainly encourage customers to return to your farm shop.
We believe that Ebdon's smaller 'handy' sized jute sacks of firewood are pretty darn perfect if you're short on suitably dry, storage space.
If you're interested in stocking excellent quality firewood, you can email Ebdon
If you have a farm shop product & fancy a review, get in touch with The Team!
I'm familiar with Purbeck Ice Cream as I've stumbled across this brand on numerous
occasions, be it at the local theatre or offered at my regular seaside haunts. However, I was
unaware that this Dorset based company is actually a husband and wife team and they've
built this incredible business on their farm, creating their luxury ice cream in a range of
some seriously fancy flavours!
If you've had the pleasure of trying any one of Purbecks real dairy ice creams, you'll know
that this gourmet ice cream is far from regular tasting premium ice cream and by using
fresh and locally sourced milk and all natural ingredients, Purbeck Ice Cream is suitable for
Beautiful Flavours to Temp & Tantalise
There's over 40 flavours including limited editions and sorbets available... from the classics
such as Vanilla Bean, Rum & Raisin and Clotted Cream to Stem Ginger, Salted Caramel,
Chrimbo Pud and the novel Jurrasic range. Yep, there's something to suit any taste.
As we have a vegan among us, the team decided to review one of Purbeck's new range of
REAL FRUIT Sorbets and we concurred, Purbeck's Mango sorbet is quite simply, out of this
Made with fresh Dorset water and natural fruit juices, this vegan sorbet is exceptional.
Scoopable straight from the freezer, this is not only thirst quenching, it's wonderfully
refreshing, quickly melting in the mouth and clearing the palate with it's perfectly crisp and
clear taste of fresh Mango. By tweaking their recipe, Purbeck have reduced the sugar in
their high quality Sorbets and in turn this brings the juicy flavour of the fruit to the
Once we began scooping, I can assure you that our 500ml tub lasted all of 3 minutes!
Purbecks multi award-winning range of ice cream & sorbet's are in fully recyclable
packaging and not only offer their fab range in retail, individual tubs, but catering
and scooping tubs too!
If you have a farm shop product and fancy a review, get in touch!
Located in North Herefordshire Legges are a butchers, a deli AND a pie shop and champion
fresh local produce from the heart of the surrounding countryside.
Being farmers themselves, Legges really do know everything about the delicious wares they
stock and proudly support over 50 suppliers in Herefordshire alone and their quality meats
are sourced within a 6 mile radius.
Legges boast two shops and a café, one in Bromyard and the other, known as The Copper
Kettle is located in Hereford.
The Bromyard store offers a butchers, fresh fish, fruit & veg, preserves and an excellent
range of freshly baked goods.
Legges are known for their fabulous hot and cold pies which are all handmade within their
pie shop, with some truly innovative flavours such as Pork, Perry & Pear and Venison,
Pheasant and wild Boar.
There's weekly specials to be had and a wonderful array of handmade and terrifically
tempting, freshly baked quiches, frittatas and scotch eggs.
Legges pies are so fabulous-they're being shipped to every corner of Britain!
Legges 'Copper Kettle' in Hereford hosts a butchers and a great range of foods to either eat
in or takeaway such as breakfasts, snacks, wraps, salads, lunches and hot drinks.
Legges can even provide platters for all occasions, using their range of fresh & locally
The Copper Kettle shop is currently open 7am-2pm, Monday to Saturday.
Legges also offer a home delivery service so you can have the taste of Herefordshire, either
as a weekly or even a bespoke hamper, delivered to you door.
The humble condiment, salt, is a staple of every kitchen cupboard but Blackthorn Salt is
not only completely natural, it's totally unique, relying solely on the forces of nature; the
wind, sun and sea.
Just take a look at this magnificent structure!
This incredible Graduation Thorn Tower was built from scratch by Blackthorn Salt using
sustainable and responsible materials on the West Coast of Scotland and is the only salt
tower in the UK and not only that, it's the only tower in the WORLD to produce salt!
This ancient & environmentally friendly process begins with seawater slowly trickling
down through the enormous thorn tower whilst the wind evaporates excess water. The
skill and expertise of Blackthorn's Salters tease temperature to ensure the sea water
The time and labour that goes into producing this superb artisan salt shows in the slight
tinge derived from the Blackthorn bark. The impressively large flakes gave us the crucial
crunch we were hoping for and the wonderful tangy, sweet and yet mellow sea water
aftertaste is simply divine. When adding these beautiful flakes to our 'culinary dishes' we
found them to not only add a perfectly pure smooth saltiness, but also when requiring
them to crumble to a fine smooth salt, they did just that!
When sprinkling on our finished dish, it looked like crystal and you could almost see the
glistening of the sea.
We even caught one of the team eating this NEAT!... that's a weird one, but she professed
these salt flakes just melted on the tongue.
Blackthorn Salt is truly unique...
...created from 100% sea water & nothing else!
Top chefs have already chosen to experiment with Blackthorn Salt and these wonderful,
moreish flakes come into their own when used as a finishing salt, for bespoke cheeses,
within charcuterie or sprinkled on desserts and cocktails.
Even Blackthorn's handsome packaging box has been well thought out. Using no plastic
and with a closable lid to keep your salt dust free, this sturdy and attractive box is
perfectly 'hand sized' so you can easily dip in and out when you're cooking.
Discerning farm shops wishing to stock a high quality, 100% natural and sustainable salt should enquire HERE
Look at this magnificent structure!
This incredible thorn tower is the first and only tower to be built in the UK and the only thorn tower in the WORLD to produce salt!
Blackthorn have revived the ancient Graduation Thorn Tower technique by gathering
seawater, then letting it trickle gently down and through a large wall of thorns packed with
bundles of blackthorn. These first stages rely only on the forces of nature; the sun, wind and sea.
Unlike any other salt, the Blackthorn Salt flavour profile retains a strong, confident
saline echo of the sea,
Blackthorn salt has a certain depth and mellowness with a natural echo of the sea
Blackthorn salt is unique!
chefs and restaurants – such as the Fife
Arms, Garry McLean and James Golding of The Pig Hotel Group as well as many others
- have already chosen to experiment with Blackthorn, using it to finish off a bespoke
cheese, incorporate into specialist charcutarie, add detailed taste notes to intracte
deserts and cocktails, allowing it to delve deep into the marbleing of aged beef and for
floating on gaspacho as well as using Blackthorn as their overall finishing salt.
Everyday we look for more ways to lessen our environmental footprint and we are
proud that our Thorn Tower method evaporates 90% of the seawater - purely due to
the wind and sun working their magic - and uses 85% less energy than the usual
applied heating methods. When the concentration of the remaining liquid is salty
enough, we gently warm it in the panhouse to draw off the crystals by hand: it is a
patient process - all about making the best we can.
Blackthorn is proud to have brought salt making back home to the West Coast of
Scotland where it was once such a thriving local industry. Our methods and means
may be very different from our forebearers’, but we would like to think they would be
proud and amazed by everything that is Blackthorn Salt today. We also look the future
and are always striving to improve. We are particularly proud of our plastic-free wee
box: the perfect size for dipping your hand in, it also ensures that the precious salt is
kept dust free and stored attractively after opening. Our ethos is always to be the best
we can be, absolutely in terms of taste, but also crystal quality - that ‘crucial crunch
factor’ - and in our attitudes and methods.
Fabulous Farm Shops and our team of reviewers have been lucky enough to have
come across Chapman's Seafoods before, in fact we're quite familiar with their award-
winning and pretty darn fabulous range of fish and aside from their famous,
handmade fish cakes, wellingtons and shellfish, we had an absolute bonus this week
when Chapman's Haddock Bakes came up for review!
Arriving frozen and in packs of two, Chapman's Haddock Bakes consist of a generous
fillet of haddock topped with a delicious Broccoli, Leek & Cheese sauce and coated
with crushed crunchy croutons.
The rich haddock flavour, paired with the tasty, unique and creamy sauce makes this
succulent bake nothing short of scrumptious. The crunchy, crumbly croutons simply
add the finishing touch to a marvellous dish and there was not a speck left on our
The mm's and ah's were coming from all and it was a 10/10 from us!
Just pop this bake into the oven for 30 minutes and hey presto, you have yourself a truly
irresistible and impressive meal. Chapman's have done all the work for you and made
it so easy, anyone can cook this!
From fish bakes to fish cakes,
Chapman's offer a fabulous range of ready meals!
Chapman's use the best quality fish & ingredients in their range of products and that's
plain to see (and taste) they're also proud to be part of the rich fishing heritage that
Grimsby is famous for.
With their strong values & superb quality, Chapman's offer a truly scrumptious &
utterly unique range of handcrafted fish & seafood dishes.
Chapman's FAMOUS gourmet, handmade & AWARD-WINNING fish cakes!
You can buy Chapman's range direct HERE and stock up your freezer.
Farm shops considering stocking Chapman's (who, by the way will support you with a wide range of marketing material INCLUDING branded freezers) enquire HERE
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Alfajores are a traditional South American cookie usually filled with indulgent Dulce de
Leche however...by combining an authentic (50 year old) family recipe, artisan
producer Margot & Montañez, have recreated these wonderfully soft, dainty and
delicate biscuits with some innovative, inspiring and surprising flavour combinations.
Within their current range, Margot & Montañez offer four mixed boxes and each box
includes 6 midi Alfajores-3 each of two delightful flavours.
Margot & Montañez's mission is to bring a redefined version of South American sweet indulgences to everyone.
We began our review with Margot & Montañez's traditional & iconic South-
American version of Alfajores which are filled with indulgent Dulce de Leche, a rich
and delicious caramel cream and then rolled in coconut.
These gourmet cake sandwiches are indulgently buttery, delicate and crumbly.
An ideal sweet treat to enjoy with your afternoon tea or coffee.
It was a big thumbs up from our reviewers as we all loved Margot & Montañez creamy
gourmet Alfajores, quite the perfect balance of salt & sweet and gave us that exquisite
and luxurious, melt in the mouth experience.
By using high-quality ingredients ensures the paring of the richness of the Dulce
de Leche and the Salted Caramel is no less than divine.
Margot & Montañez's fruity combo's of tangy lemon & lime and raspberry and white
chocolate Alfajores will offer a surprising new twist to your taste buds. The Lemon
& Lime Alfjores are even rolled in lime coconut making them super-sweet, creamy and
wonderfully zingy, they're so light and crumbly but contain absolutely NO
preservatives, are naturally gluten-free and vegetarian too!
Raspberry & White Chocolate Alfajores are filled with raspberries and white chocolate
buttercream making this a light, refreshing delectable biscuit infused with a sweet and
sharp raspberry hit.
The nutty range consists of Hazelnut Ganache & Pistachio and Orange, Chocolate &
The generously filled, rich Dark Chocolate Orange Alfajore is incredibly moreish...and
with the added flaked Almonds you need only one of these nutty, buttery handcrafted
beauties to get your sweet fix!
If you're wanting to indulge even further, maybe impress your dinner party guests then
we recommend Margot & Montañez's Hazelnut Ganache & Pistachio Alfajores.
Filled with delicious hazelnut ganache and rolled in crushed pistachios, these velvety sophisticated and delicate biscuits are an exceptional after dinner treat.
Margot & Montañez's artisan Alfajores would serve very well as a gift, they're
wonderfully presented in a very attractive box.
Also available is Coco Dulche de Leche Brownies and Dulce de Leche Cake.
Trade enquiry? Please email HERE
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Located in Exmoor, husband and wife team John & Nicola Smith, launched Exmoor
Distillery back in January 2018 and have not only turned their passion (and hands) into producing small batch, premium gins but, even in their relatively short life, have
been recognised AND awarded for their handcrafted gins by seasoned experts in
worldwide spirits competitions.
The Fabulous Farm Shop team had a very special delivery this week & the immense
pleasure of sampling and reviewing Exmoor Distillery's gins. Yes, it's a tough job but
someone's got to do it!
DOUBLE GOLD was recently awarded to BOTH Northmoor Classic Gin & Northmoor Navy Strength Gin by The San Francisco World Spirit Competition, one of the world’s most prestigious spirit competitions.
Exmoor Distillery currently have two gins in their range, Northmoor Classic Gin &
Northmoor Navy Strength Gin and as it was a school night, we began with Exmoor's
'flag ship' Classic Gin.
Firstly, and importantly, we feel the branding and packaging of Exmoor's bottles is
definitely worth a mention. Each bottle of Northmoor Gin is carefully bottled and
labelled in house. Classy, traditional and very British are just a few of the comments
our tasters made.
Only the very best berries & botanicals are sourced and handpicked for Northmoor
Classic Gin which makes this a premium quality and complex artisan gin, incredibly
smooth (although it IS punchy with 44% ABV) but light on the lips, citrusy and quite
simply divine when mixed with a good quality tonic.
We tried this with a garnish, a simple slice of orange and the result was superb,
probably a bit too moreish...!
Now if you're a REAL gin lover (who isn't?) we think you might want to add Exmoor
Distillery's Navy Strength Gin, 57% ABV, to your hit list...
Exmoor have created a unique recipe using a carefully selected mix of 12 botanicals
to make their multi award-winning Navy Strength Gin.
From coriander, angelica root and lemon, to cinnamon, elderberries and sweet orange,
this strong earthy gin will separate the men from the boys, so to speak!
Serve over ice or with a slice or... perhaps use this as the key ingredient for a deep and strong, cocktail?
It's seriously full of flavour, incredibly bold and yet exquisitely smooth.
An exceptional & irresistible gin, available in both 35cl and 70cl
If you're looking for a great gift idea, Exmoor Distillery offer beautifully presented gift
boxes containing 3 x 5cl Northmoor Classic or Navy Strength Gin or perhaps you'd like to treat a gin loving friend to an award-winning (70cl) bottle of artisan gin packaged in
an attractive gift box?
All of Exmoor Distillery's wonderful handcrafted gins are available to buy online in
35cl or 70cl bottles as well as branded copa, hi-ball and tumbler glasses and
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.
Chapman’s 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 BRC A grade we nonetheless, 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 preheated 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 a shelf life 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:
Why not have a look at our full product range and find out more about us at
Telephone: 01472 269871
Chapman's Seafoods Limited
Chapman House, Estate Road 7, South Humberside Industrial Estate, Grimsby, North East Lincolnshire. DN31 2TP
From humble beginnings way back in 1889, Yorkshire based Whitakers Chocolates Ltd
have grown into one of the U.K's leading and award-winning chocolate manufacturers
and today, Whitakers are one of the very few British chocolate companies continuing
to supply premium chocolate and confectionery across the UK, indeed worldwide, not
only to us customers but to wholesalers, restaurants and farm shops.
Whitakers mission is a very simple one really, and that is to create great tasting, quality
chocolates and confectionery using carefully sourced ingredients packed in attractive
and sustainable packaging.
Within Whitakers range, you can not only find Fairtrade mint chocolates, chocolate crisps, crèmes & wafers you'll find an impressive selection of vegan confectionery too!
Whitakers Truffle Spheres are available in three yummy flavours; milk & white chocolate orange, milk & white chocolate salted caramel and milk & white chocolate mint, which is where we begin our review...
These individually wrapped, rather novel balls of solid creamy chocolate have a wonderfully smooth texture.
Being infused with the finest natural peppermint oil, is a match made in heaven and they taste as good as they sound, so good in fact, they were gone in a blink of the eye.
Irresistible-one is just not enough!
Made with all natural ingredients and the finest ginger extract, you sure will indulge your taste buds with Whitakers Dark Chocolate Ginger Thins.
Dark, deep, rich and wonderfully intense (the chocolate to ginger ratio is spot on) these crispy thin wafers are not only incredibly moreish, they're vegan friendly, Fairtrade, packed in good looking packaging AND boast a Great Taste award!
Handmade the traditional way using a copper pan and natural ingredients, Whitakers
Traditional English All Butter Fudge is, and let's not mince words here...outstanding!
This intensely creamy, melt-in-the-mouth fudge was loved by every single one of our
Not only is this chunky slab of fudge vegetarian, gluten AND soya free, it's also very
attractive, being naturally wrapped, even finished off with a little artisan bow and
would sit very well on any farm shop shelf!
Whitakers supply individuals and businesses, big & small, from boxed chocolate gifts
to branded corporate chocolates and their brand new brochure features everything
they can provide, it's definitely worth a look!
If you'd like to enquire about a trade account, you can do so here.
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Gusto Organic's claim to fame is that they were the very first natural energy drink to hit the market and the only company to create their range of awesome & unique energy drinks using the finest, organic and Fairtrade ingredients, such as fruits, essential oils, spices and botanicals.
It's good to know that Gusto Organic go to great lengths to find the very best
ingredients, never add artificial colours, flavours or preservatives and simply
sweeten their grown-up range of sparkling drinks with Fairtrade organic apple juice.
In 2017, Gusto Organic's great tasting natural drinks were voted the no.1 ethical cola in the UK by 'Ethical Consumer Magazine'.
This week we've had the pleasure of sampling & reviewing Gusto's ethical range and were thrilled to discover that, within these rather snappy looking bottles we found an unusual and yet, a most superb range of great tasting, natural drinks!
Gusto's Naturally SLIM COLA is a much healthier alternative to the nations all time favourite summer drink (obviously) but to add more, THIS slim cola is free from artificial preservatives, full of flavour and naturally low in calories.
The carefully blended organic blue agave, essential oils, spices and African cola nut, in Gusto's REAL COLA, not only makes this cola incredibly tasty, but healthy too!
Nope, no nasty chemicals will be found in THIS cola!
Gusto's REAL Cola tastes amazing...dare we say it, even better than the 'real thing'
Gusto's award-winning, REAL CHERRY COLA does what it says on the bottle.
By real, they MEAN real and if you love dark fruits then this is sure to be a winner.
This 'very cherry' cola is not made from cherry flavourings but REAL organic cherries and BOY, you sure can taste them too.
This beauty is deep, rich, moreish & guaranteed to lift your spirits & boost your
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For over 20 years, Wild & Fruitful have been creating their jams, chutneys, marmalade's and relishes from deep in the heart of Cumbria.
By using fresh and locally sourced Cumbrian produce and ingredients, Wild & Fruitful hand-make their preserves & relishes in small batches using the traditional 'open pan'
method and every single jar is gluten & dairy free, vegan friendly AND 100% natural!
Cumbrian Preserves with Provenance
We received a range of Wild & Fruitful's very attractive jars of traditionally handmade,
jams, chutneys and marmalade's and began our review with Wild & Fruitful's
Extra Strawberry Jam.
This jam is...well, JAM packed with summer-sweet & succulent Cumbrian strawberries.
It sure is full of flavour and tastes like summer, just in a jar!
Best served on hot buttered crumpets, toasted tea cakes or even in your cake creations!
The chocoholics among us can and will indulge in the rich and dark, Raspberry & Dark Chocolate Jam. The deeply satisfying chocolate intensity contrasts brilliantly with
the sweetness of the raspberries. A match made in food heaven for sure!
By using locally sourced damsons and with a generous splosh of Cumbrian gin, the
boozy Damson & Gin Jam offers a wonderfully rich & fruity flavour.
We served and sampled this (quite a lot actually!) on warm buttered bread and loved
both the tartness & the texture.
The Pear & Stem Ginger Jam offers a sweet, deep warming flavour, making this a great
alternative and a natural sweetener in your porridge on a cold winters morning!
The chunks of ginger within Wild & Fruitful's Seville Orange & Ginger Marmalade gives
us a powerful and welcome kick, add this to the delicious combination of spice &
citrus, for a mouth watering & moreish toast topper. Great for baking too!
Just a twist of the lid and you'll immediately detect the whisky in the Seville Orange
& Whisky Marmalade!
This zesty marmalade is deliciously mellow and warming. We recommend serving on
warm toast for a decadent and boozy breakfast.
The fruity, yet spicy Curried Cumbrian Relish is packed with apricots and apples
making this a 100% natural, mouth watering AND an interesting accompaniment to
any meat dish, especially to your curry.
The dark and deeply spiced Cumberland Chutney has to be the favourite for the
traditional Ploughman's and we all readily agreed that this would complement any
cheeseboard... A staple for every fridge.
The tropical flavours of Wild & Fruitful's Mango Chutney combined with the
wonderful blend of garlic, chilli, ginger and spices makes this the tastiest mango
chutney around. You can either stir in a spoonful to liven up your curry OR just
The perfect combination of fruits, spices and locally brewed ale goes into Wild &
Fruitful's hearty Keswick Ale Chutney.
This chutney is simply delicious as a sandwich filling and terrific with cold meats,
cheese or pies.
You can taste the sweet apricots and juicy apples in the Fruity Lakeland Chutney.
This well balanced chutney is sweet & spicy (with a little punch) and an excellent
condiment for cold meats and burgers too!
We believe that the Wild & Fruitful range is a pretty fabulous option for farm shops who are looking for artisan, handmade, perfectly natural preserves & refined relishes...
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