Ever since we opened our new shop it’s been our aim to act as a showcase for the very best of
local and regional food. The West Country is currently home to what we believe to be the
largest concentration of specialist food producers of any comparable geographical region in
Europe, if not the world.
Well over 2,000 are operating in the six south-west counties, most of them registered with
Taste of the West, the first speciality regional food group to be established in the country – it
all started right here in Somerset.
So the West Country produces a vast range of foods, a reflection of its varying soil types,
climate, and land use – and, of course, of the fact that it is surrounded by sea. And new
enterprises are popping up all the time. So as well as traditional Somerset cheddar cheese, for
example, we can offer some of the new and exciting cheeses which have been developed in
recent years as the UK has gradually overhauled France for the number of different cheeses
We cure our own ham and produce our own salt beef but you’ll also discover other high-
quality meat products from local suppliers. Right across the store you’ll find the very finest
West Country produce represented through everything from traditional, cloth-wrapped
puddings to biscuits and cakes, jams and conserves.
We stock locally-roasted coffee and locally-blended tea, and while we’re
talking about drinks we must mention cider. Of course cider is produced
in other south west counties – and indeed in Herefordshire and Suffolk –
but Somerset can justly lay claim to being the cider capital of the UK. It
boasts more than two million cider apples trees bearing more than 80
varieties of cider apple.
Some are named after the localities where they were most in abundance,
such as Kingston Black, originating from Kingston St Mary, near Taunton,
or Coat Jersey, originally from the village of Coat, near Martock. Other
names refer to the characteristics of the tree or the fruit, including
Hangdown and Crimson King.
Cider-making has been taking place in Somerset probably since Roman
times and to the well-established farmhouse producers has been added a
new generation of artisan cider-makers keen to experiment and build on
the old traditions and who are turning out some really exciting products.
We sell draught and bottled cider, including some delicious single variety
types – pressed from one variety of apple rather than a blend – and also
carry a range of Somerset cider brandy and apple-based aperitifs.
And to complement our meat we always carry a stock of top-quality local fruit and
vegetables, always fresh, always seasonal, to cater for the growing number of shoppers
who now prefer to by their food daily, or at least two or three times a week, rather than
stocking up for the entire week on one single trip.
LOCAL FRUIT & VEG
Market Way | Regional Rural Business Centre | North Petherton | Somerset | TA6 6DF
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7.00am - 3.00pm
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