- May 01, 2013
Store UpdateMay is a potentially glorious month and we are hoping for a little more sunshine. If all goes well with the weather, our hardy, local farmers at Shillingford and Riverford should hopefully be supplying us with a new season of fresh goodies. In May we can expect summer greens and broad beans, an abundance of salad, as well as solid supplies of chard and spinach. If you're after more fresh, local inspiration to take you into Spring, shuffle 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.
The Heart of Devon Cream Tea Trail
We are the winners!! We officially serve the Best Cream Tea in the Heart of Devon.
We are part of the very first Devon Cream Tea Trail that is currently being promoted both nationally and internationally by the Heart of Devon. With the weather brightening day by day, it's the perfect excuse to embrace 'Summer' and enjoy a proper Devon Cream Tea. Served in the café from Monday to Saturday, our Cream Tea consists of Emma's spelt scones or splits, Riverford's clotted cream and Shute Fruit's juicy, fruity strawberry jam.
Meet the Producer: Piper's Farm
Around 70% of our producers are located in Devon and almost 100% of our suppliers are based within the South West. We'd like to introduce you to another of our local producers, Piper's Farm.
Peter (above) and Henri Grieg run the 50 acre Piper's Farm, based in the Culm Valley, near Cullompton, just over 10 miles from the store in Exeter. The Grieg family are dedicated to producing meat that is sensational to eat, using traditional methods that allow animals to reach their natural maturity. They began their award-winning business with a full understanding of the harm of constantly striving for low priced food, produced on a large scale. Today they are at the heart of a community of 25 small, family run farms with the same ethos. Their successful butcher's shop is located in Magdalen Road, Exeter.
We have recently taken stock of some of the ready meal range from Piper's Farm which includes Beef Stew with Herb Dumplings, Ragu Bolognese, Chicken Korma and Goan Pork. Each dish has been prepared by the farm's chefs Tom and Sohan, in their on-site kitchen. The meat is bred and reared by Piper's Farm and each small batch is cooked using pure, natural ingredients. The Beef Stew for example, uses Piper's Farm Red Ruby Beef with strips of their own Saddleback bacon.
If you had come to think that ready meals were now a no-go area, then you can rest assured, that this range are the real deal. Having a night off from the careful preparation of your own meals is still an option. Tasty, local, good quality food that is also convenient - thank goodness for that.
Find out more about the rest of our products.