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October 26, 2012

I love Darts Farm! I remember when I first used to come down to Exmouth and there was just a hut selling the produce from the farm at the bottom of the field. Gradually it began to grow and it is now a centre for local producers and specialist food.

It has an on site Master Butcher, fishmonger, baker, deli, cider maker, toy shop, restaurant and fish and chip shop,

There are also a number of specialist retailers, such as AGA, Fired Earth and Cotswold Outdoor and a number of independent shops such as Orange Tree, Rachel King Florist and The Treatment Loft health and beauty and more.

The main area that I like is the fresh produce – much of which is grown on the farm.

Darts Farm Produce

Our grandson played for almost an hour on a big Brio set in the lovely toy shop with his Grandpa while my daughter and I had chance to explore some more of the food area and I was filling my basket with necessities and treats.

Amongst my purchases (despite not eating them myself!) were pork, apple and black pudding sausages for my husband, plain pork chipolatas for Jacob and some lamb, rosemary and garlic sausage for the freezer. The butchery is fantastic even to someone who hardly eats meat and I did wish I could have taken home a couple of the “pheasant parcels” which were boned and stuffed and strung into a square shape. At £7.99 they looked good value but I wasn’t sure how well they would have kept until we returned home to Cheshire.

We could see them harvesting out in the fields and the vibrant displays of vegetables show the freshness.

Pumpkins Galore

There are also lovely gift areas – not just food but gardening, children’s clothes, Cath Kidston etc. Back to the food though there are some well stocked gift hampers for any foodie friends or family and so many different chocolate flavours there was definitely something for everyone. So first two Christmas presents bought. One from the toy shop and one from the food area.

Lovely gifts

Again we are planning to be back down before Christmas so a few ideas in my head for then but also some ideas to look out for nearer to home – especially would like to find those pheasants!

It was really busy and just proves people are looking for good quality, local and seasonal produce. The cafe and restaurant are always popular and where possible using their own produce.

Foodie Hampers

Also nice end to the day when we got back to Sidmouth I was catching up on Twitter to find a message from the International Cheese Awards at Nantwich I’d won four tickets to next years event so that better go into the diary quickly. It’s always a good day out made even better by the Celebrity Chef demonstrations. This year we watched James Martin, Gino D’acampo and Jean Christophe Novelli who were all really good fun and interesting.


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