A Big Shout Out To Our Local Festive Producers!
Our long established relationships with festive local producers to bring you the best produce is even more important this year for everyone. In placing your festive food order with us, you’ll be supporting multiple local producers this season. From farmers, sausage makers, fish smokers and cheese makers. Read on to find out a little more about some of our favourites…
Marsh Farm, set within the rolling hills of Bude, has been home to Wickett’s Farm Produce for over four generations (just like Johns!). They are proudly continuing traditional methods of slowly rearing their animals, keeping the skill set alive and providing Devon and Cornwall with quality produce.
They have been supplying Johns with free-range Christmas Poultry for the past 15 years. Upon visiting their farm a number of times we can see the high standard on this small scale farm. Their animals are fed an additive free diet that they mix themselves – always striving to meet and exceed the highest of welfare standards.
“Farming isn’t just a job, it’s a way of life. We’re passionate in what we do and care about rearing happy animals and providing quality produce to happy customers. We’re big enough to cope, but small enough to care.”
David Hartnoll has been supplying us with his gorgeous home grown vegetables for the past 10 years! I’m sure that he is a very familiar face to many of you as he regularly drops his veg in to Johns (picking up a tea on the way out) and he also attends The Big Sheep Christmas Farmers’ Markets year after year. F J Hartnoll & Son is situated on the Braunton hills, overlooking Bideford Bay.
We especially love David’s King Edward potatoes AND his Brussel Sprout stalks along with his gorgeous carrots & parsnips. All David’s local veg is featured on our Christmas order form here and in our online Christmas shop here!
Blakewell Trout Farm and Smokery is secluded in a beautiful valley surrounded by the rolling green hills of North Devon – Blakewell Fishery is a 5 acre lake.
The Nickell brothers have spent the last 30 years at Blakewell, creating the perfect smoked salmon and trout for the customers. They’ve been fish farming and working in harmony with nature all of their lives. They smoke their salmon and trout over matured beech wood taking the extra time and attention needed to bring the deserved quality.
Even from the photo above (taken at our Festive Food & Gift Extravaganza 2019) you can tell how proud and passionate they are about their product. They have always provided an outstanding service with us, John (pictured above) will normally deliver to us himself. Find their popular local smoked salmon on our Christmas order form here or in our festive deli online here!
Sharpham’s cheese dairy is situated on the banks of the River Dart near Totnes in South Devon and it has been producing pasteurised and unpasteurised cheeses for over 35 years! Johns have been working with Sharpham for 20 years.
Sharpham Dairy now use local ewe and goat’s milk as well as milk from their trusty Jersey herd; the team at Sharpham still employs the same traditional techniques and their cheese will always remain fully handmade by their experienced cheesemakers, and free of GM ingredients.
At Johns our personal favourite product would have to be Sharpham’s Brie. Made with double cream, giving it a distinctive creamy and rich texture. This cheese is guaranteed to be ripe and oozing for your Christmas orders this year. Pre-order here on our Christmas order form or in our festive deli online here!
W.F. Chinn began a factory in Mill Street, Crediton more than 40 years ago. Now they work from a purpose designed factory at West End, Marsh Lane, Crediton.
The proprietors, Tony and Rose Palmer, took over the business in 1983 and have continued to develop and expand. Chinn’s sausages are well known throughout Devon and make many varieties to suit all tastes. All the meat that is used in their products is fresh and from English stock. They still use the secret recipe originally established by Mr Chinn.
Chinn’s are one of our and one of your favourite producers here at Johns. Chinn’s have always pulled out all the stops for us, especially at Christmas, by making and hand wrapping the delightful pigs in blankets, featured on our Christmas Order Form here or in our online Christmas shop here.