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Farm Shop Favourites: Utterly Scrumptious

By 24th February 2016The Gardens
Acorn Dairy milk

We may have mentioned that our Farm Shop is packed with locally sourced, fresh produce – but why shop local and organic?

Local produce comes with fewer air miles attached, it benefits the local economy and local foods organic foods are better for you too. Take an ordinary bag of pre-prepared supermarket salad, for example. It contains a lot more than salad leaves. The produce is washed in water containing chlorine to kill bacteria. Even organic salads packed this way contain chlorine. Many people think organic tastes better as well, grown naturally as it should be with no chemicals or toxins.

We like to know where our food comes from and exactly what’s in it, and so do our customers. We’re fortunate to have great working relationships with lots of lovely local and organic suppliers, who help strengthen our ‘field to plate’ ethos.

Fresh, handmade sausages are delivered daily from Blackwell’s family butchers in Norton. Their pork and black pudding sausages are a team favourite and absolutely perfect for a hearty County Durham breakfast. Paul Craddock’s bacon, from the Dropswell Farm in Trimdon, melts in the mouth and comes from very happy pigs. And we love working with the Tweddle family, whose nearby farm produces the most wonderful free-range organic eggs, creamy butter and fresh milk.

Here are just four of our Farm Shop suppliers, each unique and a huge pleasure to work with!

World class meats from Blackwell Butchers

Blackwell Butchers are multiple award-winners with half a century’s experience behind them. Norton, Stockton-upon-Tees is their home and they’re dedicated to providing the very best produce whilst protecting the heritage and character of their village. Martin Blackwell inherited the family business from his father in 1978, and they’re a proud member of the exclusive Q Guild, which recognises the crème de la crème of the independent British butcher crop.

Organic milk, cream and more from Acorn Dairy

The Tweddle family farms at Archdeacon Newton, near Darlington, and have been doing it for four generations so far. In 1998 they decided to go organic. They produce award-winning fresh organic milk and cream from herds of happy cows in the Yorkshire and Durham Dales. And the results are remarkable. You’ve never tasted real milk until you’ve tasted theirs.

Heavenly cheeses from Parlour Made

Parlour Made are based in the lovely village of Mordon in County Durham, and their artisan cheese selection is made on the premises using traditional methods. Milk comes from their own cows and each piece of cheese is handmade to ancient recipes. The result is a range of exceptional quality produce, and there’s a constant stream of innovative new varieties in the pipeline.

Tangy Wildon Grange chutney

County Durham-based Wildon Grange produces a broad range of tasty, tangy, homemade salad dressings, chutneys and relishes, flavoured balsamic vinegars and beautiful marinades. The makers have won well-deserved awards for their work. We adore their produce, and so do our customers.