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Spotlight: Wenlock Spring

10th September 2016

Wenlock Spring is a family business which commenced bottling water in1989 and since this date the central focus has been to produce a high quality premium water, sourced responsibly and packaged in an environmentally conscious way. The company has sponsored a number of events this weekend as well as having an exhibitor stand. We interviewed Director, Matthew Orne to find out more....

Wenlock Spring

 

Name:

Matthew Orme

Occupation:

Director

 Matthew Orne

In three words describe Wenlock Spring:

Refreshing, Crisp, Clear

Tell us what readers can expect when they find you at the Ludlow Food Festival?

Friendly faces waiting to meet you.

How and when did Wenlock Spring start?

We started in 1989 as a farm diversification project..

For those who don’t drink Wenlock Spring, why should they do so?

It’s naturally nutritious, hydrating, and tastes great.

 Wenlock Spring

Where can our readers purchase Wenlock Spring currently?

Any of the fine local delis, resturants, pubs, and hotels throughout the UK.

With all that has been achieved in your business so far, what are you most proud of?

Celebrating 25 years and still growing.

How important is Shropshire to your business?

We are proud to be located in the centre of Shropshire. We believe in supporting local businesses and feel they support us. What a great place to live and work.

What are you looking forward to most about the Ludlow Food Festival?

We love It! The food, the beer, the people, the WATER, how could we choose?

 Ludlow Food Festival

VISIT WENLOCK SPRING FOR MORE INFORMATION ABOUT THE BUSINESS, THEIR HISTORY & THEIR FANTASTIC PRODUCTS.


Interview by Louise Welsby | Buy-From Shropshire

 

 

 

 

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Spotlight: Hook and Son

1st September 2016

Find out about Hook & Son who will be travelling from Borough Market in London to our Sunday Market for the Ludlow Food Festival. They produce Raw Dairy and tell us all about its health benefits as well as their fascinating story in our Spotlight Blog.  

Hook and Son 

Hook and Son

Our Products 

Raw dairy is ‘live’, easy to digest and bursting with vitamins, minerals, enzymes, antioxidants, microflora and immune boosting properties!  We sell our own Organic Raw Milk; Raw Butter, (either lightly salted with Halen Mon Anglesey Sea Salt, or unsalted); sumptuously thick Raw Cream; Buttermilk and grass fed Ghee made from our own butter.  Also we have a newly launched product that is regarded as ‘The Holy Grail’ of the Dairy Industry; our Raw Yoghurt available in a thicker ‘Greek Style’ or ‘Natural’ made from our organic skimmed milk, by artisan methods.  This yoghurt only contains milk’s natural sugar (lactose) and there are no added ingredients – just natural raw skimmed milk and yoghurt cultures and is suitable for vegetarians.

The Hailsham Herd

 The Hailsham Herd

Longley’s Farm is approximately 140 acresjust north of Hailsham, East Sussex, situated on the very western edge of the Pevensey Levels which is a Site of Special Scientific Interest (S.S.S.I.  In 1998 the farm was converted to organic methods and the pastures are completely free of fertilisers and pesticides, working in harmony with maintaining and enhancing this important and wonderful local ecology. We also have Organic certification from The Soil Association who issues our license each year once we have evidenced that we meet their standards that cover all aspects of food production, from animal welfare and wildlife conservation, to food processing and packaging.  We consider the cows’ welfare and health are paramount.  Cows in a conventional herd produce nearly 50% more milk than our cows.  This means our Kates, Idas, Biddys and Rowena’s and Ruby’s are not under so much pressure and stress.  Our cows benefit from this lower yield and lower stress by not being prone to stress related cattle health problems, such as mastitis and lameness.  Indeed, our cows on average live to be 8 or 9 years old, compared to the national average of 6 years old. 

The Benefits of Raw Milk

Hook and Son Raw Milk 

Raw milk is completely natural and has not been processed in any way, maintaining the nutritious elements and good bacteria that are destroyed by pasteurisation. Our raw milk is a very different product to the pasteurised, homogenised milk you buy in supermarkets.  It is fresh, as nature intended and will taste pure and will be bottled as fresh as possible.  You can also try our fabulous raw butter, either lightly salted with Halen Mon Anglesey Sea Salt, or unsalted and our sumptuously thick raw cream.  

 

The Moo Man

The Moo Man 

Stephen Hook is ‘The Moo Man’.  This is a film made about the remarkable story of Steve and his unruly cows, filmed over 4 years on the marshes of the Pevensey Levels.  In an attempt to save the family farm, Stephen Hook decides to turn his back on the cost cutting dairies and supermarkets and instead stay small and keep his close relationship with the herd.  However, farmer Hook’s plans to save the farm do not always go down well with his spirited cows; the result is a laugh-out loud, emotional roller coaster of a journey and shows the incredible bonds between man, animal and countryside.

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Hook & Son Raw Organic Milk

Longleys Farm, Harebeating Lane, Hailsham, East Sussex BN27 1ER

 

 

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Meet the Producer: La Triestina

1st September 2016

La Triestina is a small family run all Italian business based in Shropshire, specialising in selling and marketing their Region’s best products: Friuli Venezia Giulia, an undiscovered gem lying between the Adriatic Sea and the Carso Highlands in the far east of Italy. A familiar and popular face at the Food Festival, we interviewed Mia and Melody for our Meet the Producer blog series. 

La Triestina

Name: 

Mia and Melody

Mia and Melody of La Triestina

Occupation:

Owners of La Triestina a small family run local business, specialising in sourcing fine Italian food and wine particularly from our region Friuli Venezia Giulia.

In three words describe La Triestina:

Authentic, Quality, Italian.

Tell us what readers can expect when they find you at the Ludlow Food Festival? 

Behind our stand you will find passionate, friendly people happy to give advice about our products whilst offering yummy samples of our hard cheese, salame, prosecco and balsamic vinegars along with our gluten free pasta and amazing strong espresso ground beans.

How did you start?

3 years ago in our home town of Trieste in Italy, sat outside a bar whilst having a glass of prosecco and a shot of espresso, we wanted to share our passion and knowledge of good food to the British consumer and promote our region Friuli Venezia Giulia.

 Fruili Venezia Giulia

Do you have a favourite product? If so, why?

We love our aged balsamic vinegar especially our 12 year old balsamic, it tastes amazing and it is so versatile, can be used for cooking or as we use it on strawberries and ice cream. It is produced by a very close friend of the family, so it is artisan made with no artificial sugars or preservative just PURE. You need to taste it to understand it.

 La Triestina Balsamic Vinegar

Do you have a best-selling product? Why do you think this is?

Our Montano cheese as it resembles parmesan but more smoother and our aged balsamic vinegars are our bestselling product, mainly because they are both versatile can be used for many dishes, but they are also not available in shops or supermarkets and customers likes this uniqueness.

 La Triestina

With all that has been achieved in your business so far, what are you most proud of?

Having created a returning customer base at each Food Festival we attend. We have regulars who come to every show to buy our products.

What are you looking forward to most about the Ludlow Food Festival?

The atmosphere, the great line up of chefs and the fact this Food Festival  is so popular worldwide it attracts customers who really appreciate good quality produce and support local businesses.

La Triestina

Quick Fire Get To Know You Questions:

Favourite Colour? Green and Yellow

Favourite Food? Pizz

Favourite tipple? Prosecco and Aperol Spritz

Favourite Restaurant? In Italy our home town of Trieste, La Marinella, it has amazing fish dishes and views of the sea. Whilst in Shrewsbury The Peach Tree by Chef Chris Burt has great food using local producers and once a month when possible we enjoy the supper club at Brompton Cookery School cooked by Chef Marcus Bean and Chef John Barton even here local, fresh, seasonal produce is used.

Hobby? Love going for long walks with our fur babies (our dogs) | Photography | Cooking and Baking

Favourite place to visit in Shropshire? The Church Stretton Hills has great walks and views and Ludlow, is a great town to relax and have a coffee.

 

Make sure you visit Mia and Melody at the Festival next weekend. You can also buy their incredible products online at http://www.latriestina.co.uk

 

Interview by Louise Welsby | Buy-From Shropshire

 

 

 

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