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  • September 30, 2014

    Store Update

    October will eventually see us into some proper Autumnal weather no doubt and a good excuse to bust out the soups, casseroles and stews. French and Runner beans are now finished, but we do have Newton Wonder apples, Butternut, Harlequin (Winter Acorn) and Sun Gold squash, red onions, shallots, almost too gorgeous to eat Romanesco and by the end of the month pumpkins and parsnips. However, if the mild weather holds out you may still be tempted to eke out the Spring with Shillingford salads and pak choi stir fries. If you are keen to try out some new recipes using October's seasonal produce, meander this direction for some culinary 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.


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 


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 this is all about finding alternatives to the mainstream food system.

What next for The Real Food Store?

You are invited to attend an "Open Space" event

Saturday 01 November 10.30am to 3pm
at St Matthews Hall, Newtown

Facilitator: Andi Tobe

We need your help to answer that question. Within the next 18 months the Paris Street shops will be facing demolition to make way for the Bus Station re-development. What should be the shape of Real Food, version 2? We want your input whether you are a supplier, grower, shopper, Real Food member or an Exeter local with a keen interest in what happens in our city.

A light lunch will be provided. The event is free and is jointly hosted by Real Food and Transition Exeter. Donations are welcome to help defray costs. Booking is essential via An Open Space event is a way to hold inspired meetings and discussions, allowing complex issues to be explored and solutions to be found, bringing ordinary people together to create extraordinary results.

Everyone is welcome to come and participate whatever their level of knowledge or expertise.  

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:

  • Pumpkins!
  • Harlequin (Winter Acorn) and Sun Gold squash
  • Beetroot
  • Romenesco cauliflowers
  • Pak choi
  • Cavolo Nero and Curly kale
  • Green peppers
  • Newton Wonder cooking apples
  • Adam's Pearmain eating apples

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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