THE TRAVELLING BEE COMPANY
Sweeten things up this season with a pot of sticky honey in flavours including chestnut, Transylvanian flower, acacia and apple orchard. They source and produce honey from bee hives across the North East and by the shores of the Kyles of Bute in Scotland. Buy their rich, utterly addictive honey at our Christmas Fair or online.
07884 422992 www.travellingbee.co.uk
If you don’t know where to start with foraging, there are plenty of workshops to teach you the way around wild foods. Northern Wilds offer foraging classes with an expert. You’ll identify edible plants, seeds, nuts, flowers and fungi that grow wild in the Northumberland countryside, including blackberries, hazelnuts, mushrooms and rosehips.
Kielder Campsite, Hexham NE48 1EJ
01434 240017 www.northernwilds.co.uk
PUREKNEAD ARTISAN BAKERY
Step inside PureKnead Artisan Bakery and be tempted by seasonally-inspired scones, breads, cakes, pies and quiches. They also stock a wide range of seasonal artisan products, including preserves, to dip in and slather on your purchases.
152 Park View, Whitley Bay NE26 3QW
07964 864181 www.pure-knead.co.uk
Adam Guy has been running Wildon Grange single-handedly since October 2012. He creates a range of tempting balsamics, preserves and dressings for you to drizzle and smother all over your favourite foods. We love the balsamic range with the spiced tomato and the beetroot flavours at the top of our pick for autumn. You can stock up online or at our Christmas Fair.
07876 486015 www.wildongrangewholefoods.co.uk
Lindisfarne oysters begin life in a hatchery, and when they’re about the size of a thumbnail, they’re transferred to oyster beds in the sea off Lindisfarne. They lie in fine mesh bags in the cool waters, taking up to four years until they’re ready to be plucked for you to eat. They taste best at this time of year and you can enjoy them raw, served on the half shell with a little lemon juice and black pepper, or with a dash of Tabasco. Order anything between 12 and 200 online to arrive right to your door ready to crack open and enjoy.
01668 213870 www.lindisfarneoysters.co.uk
ROOTS FARM SHOP
This award-winning farm shop is packed full of the freshest fruit, vegetables, artisan breads, local preserves, beers, baked goods and cheeses, and has an in-house butchers. You can fill up your baskets with a full seasonal supper including pork and apple pies, peppered chicken, stuffed pork fillets and seasonal game.
East Rounton, Northallerton DL6 2LE
01609 882480 www.rootsfarmshop.co.uk
DALTON MOOR FARM
This farm harvest produce from their orchard, hedgerows and market garden. They make hand-made preserves, vinegar and cordials, plus cakes, cookies and confectionaries from their kitchen. Our pick of the season has to be their apples – try pressed apple juices, apple cider vinegar, fresh baked apple pie and refreshing apple water. See if they can tempt you at our Christmas Fair, or purchase produce through their Facebook page.
CARROLL’S HERITAGE POTATOES
Grown in rural north Northumberland by Lucy and Anthony Carroll, Carroll’s Heritage Potatoes are the perfect side dish to a delicious home-cooked meal. They’re grown in a range of varieties, textures, colours, shapes and tastes depending on the season. Our autumnal favourite is Aura (1951) – a half-moon shaped yellow potato renowned for its flavour and firm cooking characteristics. You can have them delivered direct from the farm.
01890 883060 www.heritage-potatoes.co.uk
SLOEmotion are big on foraged fruit, and most of their ingredients are handpicked from local hedgerows and orchards. In autumn you can expect to enjoy the best of the seasonal berry offerings with bottles of sloe gin, sloe whisky and bramble whisky as our top picks. They also make a scrumptious range of chutney, jelly and ketchup from their foragings that are worth a try. Fill up your shopping bags at our Christmas Fair or buy their produce online.
01653 618288 www.sloemotion.com
BLAGDON FARM SHOP
From succulent 21-day dry-aged belted Galloway beef, handmade pies and quiches, fresh bakes and seasonal fruit and vegetables, Blagdon Farm Shop have everything you need for a quick, tasty supper or an extra-special dinner party. They were awarded as the first ever British Game Champion at the Countryside Alliance Awards last year, and we recommend picking up one of their Blagdon Pheasants.
6–18 Milkhope Centre, Blagdon NE13 6DA
01670 789 924 www.theblagdonfarmshop.co.uk