- July 31, 2014
Store UpdateIt’s August already? What a corker of a Summer we are having and as a consequence, the tasty, fresh local produce just keeps on coming. In-store over the coming weeks we can look forward to an abundance of Shillingford Organics salad greens including Batavia green, Cos, Little Gem, Red Butterhead, Red Oak Leaf lettuce and tangy herbs such as basil, lemon balm and garlic chives, as well as limited supplies of aubergines and sugar snap peas. Cherry tomatoes, fennel and new season Milva, Nicola and Orla potatoes offer a multitude of salad recipe ideas. We also have cherries and berries galore and a few new café & takeaway menu additions. If you would like some Summer recipe inspiration using our seasonal produce, as well as news of in-store 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.
REAL FOOD IN THE GUARDIAN Food & Drink 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
HAVE YOU SEEN THE REAL FOOD SHORT FILM?
Click here to see it on youtube! (4 mins)
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 www.foodcoops.org this is all about finding alternatives to the mainstream food system.
BANK HOLIDAY OPENING HOURS
Both the shop and cafe will be closed on Monday 26th August to give staff a well-earned break, but we will be back to normal opening times on Tuesday 27th August. We wish all of our customers, producers and members a happy, restful long weekend.
Meet the Producer
In Bloom Devon
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 In Bloom Devon, local growers - located near Shillingford St George - who supply us with British blooms delivered fresh to the store from a flower field just 5 miles away.
Jenny Carter and Nicola Beglin started In Bloom Devon in 2012, following a number of years working as part of Exeter Grower's Co-operative growing fruit and vegetables. Their idea was to grow organic, seasonal flowers that customers and bees alike would love. The flowers are grown entirely without the use of pesticides and artificial fertilisers so that bees and other pollinating insects will find them as attractive as we do. Combining the skills of expert growing and artisan floristry, Jenny and Nicola provide high quality, bespoke bouquets and arrangements that reflect the flow of nature's seasons with their website taking orders for cut flowers, wedding bouquets and local business orders.
We are lucky enough to have bunches of these colourful, seasonal flowers delivered to the store every week, within hours of picking, although they do move quickly once they arrive. Come in and grab a bunch. They really are stunning.
Find out more about the rest of our products.