We are a small company ~ makers of homemade jam, marmalade, chutney, condiments and jelly. Complying with Slow Food principles, we source fruit and vegetables in season and as locally as possible.
This approach has produced 50 Great Taste and Taste of the West Awards in our 9 years of cooking. We believe in TASTE. Our preserves are high fruit giving a concentrated flavour. We have a minimum fruit content between 60 and 80%, this really means a little can go a long way.
Our Seville Marmalade was named Reserve Speciality Product from the South West in the Great Taste Awards 2006 and been placed in the World Marmalade Awards for the last 3 years. Handcut by Louisa and made in batches of 22 jars, this has the kick to wake you up in the morning.
Why make it yourself ?
We work in collaboration with local fruit growers to ensure good supplies of local fruit and we make preserves for Arlington Court, the local National Trust property. The produce from Arlington Court’s walled garden is picked in the morning and cooked the same day with British sugar, total food miles……..one.
We have a strong environmental ethos reusing, recycling and composting. We have planted fruit trees and bushes to cut down food miles, although it will be some years before full productivity. We do not use pesticides or herbicides and share fruit with the birds.In 2007 we had 26 different species of butterflies, numerous dragonflies and a plague of toads (thank goodness !) In 2008, the bad weather devastated the butterflies but was loved by the dragonflies, hope against hope we may see fritillaries again this year.
Imported frozen fruit for jam is cheaper than buying local due to labour costs, the environmental cost however is high. Wherever possible we source locally, not only is the flavour of cooking from fresh better, but you don’t need added pectin or setting agents.
We hope that you will be tempted to try our products. 😀