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  • February 28, 2014

    Store Update

    March can be a disconcerting month where weather is concerned. We are not quite out of Winter and not quite into Spring, but if lucky, we might see some mild, sunny days that help to recharge our sluggish batteries and pull us out of the house. No matter ... we have plenty of local, organic and/or ethical produce to keep you content until the warmth really starts to kick in. Fairtrade Fortnight is well underway in-store, although it's always Fairtrade Fortnight in our eyes. Our Fairtrade products include ethically sourced tea from Dorset Chai Wallah & 100% organic & ethical chocolate from Seed & Bean in some seriously attractive flavours. If you are searching for Mother's Day and/or Easter gift inspiration we now have locally grown In Bloom flower bunches back in-store as well as blueberry truffles from the Blueberry Bros, Montezuma eco eggs and a range of Divine Fairtrade Easter eggs. As far as fresh veg goes we have plenty of Triplo potatoes, parsnips, Savoy and Tundra cabbage, Swiss chard, leeks, beetroot and kale. If you'd like a few March recipe ideas or information on store and café events, head this way.

Real Food partner with City Runs & Ironbridge Runner

Fit and healthy: As a Community Benefit Society, obsessed with quality, fresh, local food, we thought it only fitting to team up with an organisation equally obsessed with keeping local people in peak condition. Find out more on our events page.


Bite-sized shares: How people power is revolutionising the way we buy our food. Local groups are investing in projects that will produce food and challenge the supermarkets in the process READ THE FULL ARTICLE 


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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.

Meet the Producer


Around 70% of our producers are located in Devon and almost 100% of our suppliers are based within the South West. Sometimes though, we need to go outside of our local area in order to find suppliers that meet the needs of our customers. When we need to do this, we always aim to stock products that match our fairtrade and organic ethos. One such producer is Hodmedods, based in Bressingham, Norfolk, who now supply us with British grown dried and tinned peas, beans and grains. Yes, you read that correctly. British grown. We are very excited to have found a producer of these items that have fallen out of favour with British farmers in recent years.

Nick Saltmarsh of Hodmedod at The Real Food Store

Founded in 2012 by Nick Saltmarsh, Josiah Meldrum and William Hudson, Hodmedod share a belief in good, sustainable and local food and have worked together on sustainable and local food projects over many years through their partnership Provenance and for the regional NGO East Anglia Food Link. Hodmedod is an East Anglia dialect word. It mostly means snail in Suffolk but can also refer to the curls in a girl’s hair or an ammonite. However, Norfolk speakers generally mean hedgehog by hodmedod, calling a snail a dodman – “thass not a hodmedod, thass a dodman!”.

Hodmedod produce a range of roasted beans and peas (16 varieties), quinoa, split and whole fava beans, as well as a variety of peas - Kabuki marrowfat, black badger, yellow, large blue, split green and split yellow.

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