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  • December 02, 2014

    Store Update

    Our fresh, local produce has turned a corner and we are now entering the festive season full pelt. Parsnips, swedes and leeks are pouring through the back door and Brussels sprouts should be in-store within the week. You have plenty of time to make the most of these seasonal beauties. They certainly aren’t grown to be eaten just for one day in the year. Emma will be baking her handmade mince pies from this week, including a deluxe version with orange zested shortcrust pastry that has seen the mincemeat maturing since September! For all our festive store updates, head this way.

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A short documentary about Exeter's first community owned food store. We sell the finest local, sustainable produce from Devon at affordable prices. Supported by Sustain, the alliance for better food and farming & Food Co-ops programme this is all about finding alternatives to the mainstream food system.

What's in store this week?

As Autumn settles in, we've got a fantastic selection of seasonal fruit and veg from Shillingford Organics coming through the back delivery door of the Store each and every day, including:

  • Rainbow chard
  • January King cabbage
  • Parsnips
  • Crown Prince, Harlequin (Winter Acorn), and Sun Gold squash
  • Beetroot
  • Calabrese broccoli
  • Cauliflower
  • Pak choi
  • Cavolo Nero, curly kale and hungry gap kale
  • Herbs - Dill, Garlic Chives, Lemon Balm, Lovage, Oregano, Rosemary, Sage, Thyme and Winter Savory

Meet the Producer

Gibsons Plaice Fishmongers

Around 70% of our producers are located in Devon and almost 100% of our suppliers are based within the South West. Just one of our fabulous producers is Gibsons Plaice of Magdalen Road, Exeter, who supply us with freshly caught fish bought daily from Brixham fish market as well as a couple of other small west country ports. 

Gibsons Plaice were winners of Devon Life Fishmonger of the Year Award in 2007 and 2009, and it's not hard to see why. They pride themselves on buying fresh local fish that has been caught in a sustainable way. By buying from the smaller day boats, they ensure the freshness of the fish since these boats return daily to Brixham with their catch, and being smaller, they also do not employ the destructive fishing methods that much larger vessels often use.

At the Real Food Store we're always very excited to see what fish will turn up at our back door as the type of fish that we stock changes seasonally, and heavily depends on what the boats have brought in that day.  We can have Dabs, Gurnard, Lemon Sole, Plaice, Pollock, Haddock, Pilchards, squid, sprats and many more perhaps often under used types of fish that are so much more interesting, tasty, and sustainable, than plain old cod!

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