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January 17, 2013

This week my Northern Harvest delivery was £31.68. In addition to milk, butter, cheese, water, potatoes and seasonal veg I bought Suma organic tomatoes, Suma organic pasta and Suma organic mixed peel that truly looks like someone has just prepared it for my next batch of currant buns!

Mr W suggested that in addition to visiting Heathcotes Butchers we have a drive to look at another farm shop that I had been told about so off we went.

At Heathcotes we bought minced steak, Cumberland sausage, bacon, lard, dried peas (for a pea and ham soup) and Staffordshire Oatcakes. Total £9.62. Mr W. was desperate to make a horse burger joke but they had already had several this morning and were ready with a comic response!

For those of you who think an oatcake is a biscuit to have with cheese I will explain that they are a savoury pancake and if you’d like to know more click here: Staffordshire Oatcakes.

From there we drove to Glebe Farm near Congleton. Positioned behind the beautiful St Mary’s Church at Astbury we were really surprised we hadn’t visited the farm before.

St Mary's Church

St Mary’s Church

In addition to the farm shop they have their own butcher on site, today the fish man was visiting, there is a lovely little cafe and as a bonus to anyone visiting with children a barn with donkeys, a pony, piglets, calves and rabbits and outdoors sheep, goats and ducks!

I only bought some Mornflake oats and mushrooms – total £1.52 – but we will definitely visit again – probably with our grandson!

Our final stop just up the road was Cuttleford farm shop as I was going to buy more bread flour but unfortunately they had run out of white but getting more soon. The home grown cauliflowers looked good though – and a really reasonable price at £1 so that was our only purchase there today.

So with loose flour bought at Bread Club costing £2.40 for 2kg our total spend this week has been £46.32.

That’s another good week but no tea, coffee or cleaning products to buy this week and still cheese, cream cheese, cottage cheese, chorizo and Parma ham in the fridge and some chicken and fish in the freezer. I also will be using a lot of dried pulses etc this week as I love winter soups and vegetable curries etc.

Supper tonight will be the oatcakes filled with field mushrooms, onions and cheese – yum!

  1. Yvonne permalink
    January 17, 2013 6:16 pm

    Sorry the flour was my fault -dont tell R!
    Scotish smoked Haddock from the fish man and his van was really good!
    Will visits Glebe with my grand daughter too

    • January 17, 2013 6:20 pm

      I’ll let you off – think I’ll need a sack from Walk Mill at this rate!

  2. January 17, 2013 11:10 pm

    I need to start looking harder in London for lovely niche shops like these (only problem is that they’ll probably charge London prices :))
    Lovely way to spend a day though.

    • January 17, 2013 11:14 pm

      Although we live in a market town we are close to both the Peak District and beautiful Cheshire farming land and only 20 minutes drive to Didsbury/Chorlton areas of Manchester but this journey has led us to some wonderful places and hopefully more to come!

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