- September 01, 2014
Store Update'It's September, and the orchards are afire with red and gold' - so says the poet Edgar Albert Guest. The nights and days are cooling already and we can now turn our thoughts to early Autumn produce such as apples, plums, sweetcorn, green beans and new season beetroot. Our events are starting to pick up a pace with the café playing host to a performance by Kezia and a pop-up evening from the Pickle Shack in the third week of September. If you are keen to try out some new recipes using this month's seasonal produce, come this way for inspiration, as well as further news of in-store events and tasty local fayre.
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.
What's in store this week?
We absolutely love this time of year! Autumn is upon us and we've got a fantastic selection of seasonal fruit and veg from Shillingford Organics to show for it, including:
- Uchiki Kuri and Pattypan squash
- Bunched beetroot
- Green peppers
- Vine and cherry tomatoes
- Victoria plums
- Discovery apples
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.