Phil Joy, our new chef, reports on his visit to our new, local, organic fruit and veg supplier. Look out for exciting new cakes, dishes and desserts which we are making from this terrific local produce.
What a day! After the long walk and the amazing views, I finally reached Scott's farm near Riber castle. His fruit and vegetables are all organic and it shows, the tomatoes are a lovely colour and the flavour is just perfect, nothing like supermarket ones.
I had a tour around and sampled a few fruits whilst I was there, the purple broccoli is wonderful with its deep colour, all the varieties of lettuce are crispy with depth of flavour and the cucumbers are so moist, the berries are as plump as can be and the purple and white cay flowers can be eaten raw, they have the perfect crunch.
Whilst I was talking to Scott he told me that he has lost customers due to supermarkets and convenience. All I can say is you need to try his products and then you will be converted. The time and effort that goes into looking after the produce is immense and more people need to enjoy the benefits.
If you come into the loaf you will see a lot of Scott's produce used in the salads, soups and main dishes. So if you can't get up to the farm, then come and enjoy a meal that is prepared with fresh local ingredients.
I can't emphasise enough the importance it is to support local growers and I wish Scott all the best for the future and hopefully he will get more customers supporting him. Why not go and pick your own, it's a great feeling when you know it has came straight out the ground and on your plate within a few hours.
Thanks to Scott for giving me the tour around the farm and thanks to The Loaf for pointing me in the right direction, I know where I'll be going every week from now
Great post Phil, Really enjoyed seeing your photos too. We have various outlets for local growers here in Bristol, but you do have to seek them out and makevthe effort to support them, you are so right!