The Hunt for New Suppliers

Well, the new Autumn Term is getting well under way and we are giving our customers’ lots of healthy, local options for lunchboxes, evening meals and snacks.

On the hunt to find some farms with fresh produce for Fine Fruits Direct!

 

During the summer holidays we visited our new suppliers in Cheshire, tasting lots of delicious goodies on the way!  Our first stop was Willington Fruit Farm, where we picked up Discovery Apples, Bramley Apples and Runner Beans… 

delicious.  

This lovely, family run farm, which is tucked away in Willington, produces apples with the most stunning flavour – we all love them.  The farm shop is full of tasty local treats and we are hoping to stock Katy apples very soon, so watch this space… 

Next, we went on a ‘Tomato Hunt’…after a few wrong turns! We finally found Frank Rudd’s farm in Knutsford, where we came across ‘probably the best tomatoes in the world!’  With acres of tomato plants we knew we were in for a tasty, tomato treat… we weren’t disappointed.  Frank & Pat showed us around and gave us a few samples…

Dimples were a firm favourite, but they were closely followed by the most amazing, Cherry Vine and Large Vine!  The colour, taste and smell told us our customers wouldn’t be able to get enough and we were right! The only problem is… we are eating them like sweets … must save some for the customers!!!
 
            Vine

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          Cherry Vine

cherry vine 

 

a tricky choice, but you can always have both!

Finally, we reached Woodlands Farm, hidden away in Lache near Holmes Chapel – another family run farm.  The care and time Roy and his family put into the produce is incredible; the neat well-maintained fields full of goodness, have to be seen to be believed.  Have a look at the photographs …

Every kind of lettuce you can imagine: Lollo Rosso, LolloBionda, Oakleaf, Cos, Iceberg, flat leaf you name it Roy grows it!  Cucumbers straight from the field, salad and heritage tomatoes and we are just beginning to get the best cauliflowers and leeks in Cheshire!


So, after a busy summer we are looking forward to Halloween, watch out for the Pumpkin blog…