Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Get Ready for the Festivities; ADVERTISEMENT FEATURE: TASTE AT CHRISTMAS

Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Get Ready for the Festivities; ADVERTISEMENT FEATURE: TASTE AT CHRISTMAS

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WITH the festive season fast approaching, staff at farm shops across the region are gearing themselves up for a busy time. At the award-winning Blagdon farmshop, it's the time of year when the shop's clS ose relationship with the farm and other local suppliers really comes into its own.

As well as some of the tastiest and most succulent poultry and meat the region can offer, including free-range turkeys, ducks, geese and chickens from its own farm and other small producers, there will be fresh, local handpicked vegetables too.

Butcher Simon Osborne said: "Since the shop opened eight years ago, sales of our poultry have grown year on year, but last year things just went crazy. It seems that the word had got out just how good our turkeys and geese are."

The shop is also well known for its ability to source those slightly-harder-to-find items, such as game, and has developed close links with local stalkers and gamekeepers in the area, allowing a fully-stocked larder all the way through the autumn and winter.

"One of the biggest areas of interest we are seeing is in sales of our party foods," said shop manager Jo Celerier. The girls in our farm shop kitchen started doing food for parties as small as six last year, and the response has been amazing.

"We really do enjoy taking the stress out of entertaining, and have a fantastic range of party dishes and recipes suitable for all size groups and budgets.

"Our commitment to sourcing and producing good, honest local food is well-known throughout the area.

"What this special time of year allows us to do is also look a little further afield for those special treats and gift ideas.

"From traditional treats such as butterstollen and boozy puddings, to more indulgent goodies like fine chocolates and luxurious hampers made by the farm shop, you will not be stuck for ideas."

The shop is giving customers the chance to taste how good a Blagdon Christmas can be with its annual Tasting Day on November 27, where everyone can try their seasonal foods as well as placing orders ready for collection at their convenience.

The Blagdon Farmshop is six miles north of Newcastle just off the A1 at 16-18 The Milkhope Centre, Berwick Hill Road, Seaton Burn, NE136DA. Email enquiries@theblagdonfarmshop.co.uk, visit www.theblagdonfarmshop.co.uk or call 01670 789924. …

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