A to Z of independent Norfolk producers

PUBLISHED: 18:38 28 July 2020 | UPDATED: 18:58 28 July 2020

A to Z of Norfolk produce (photos: Getty Images)

A to Z of Norfolk produce (photos: Getty Images)

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Norfolk is home to many innovative and talented producers so we gathered a selection that represent every letter of the alphabet from apple juice to zucchini

A is for apple juice. Whether you’re sipping some royal nectar from Sandringham Apple Juice, made from apples from the orchard on the royal Sandringham Estate, or some cloudy apple juice from Norfolk Pure Apple Juice at Ashill Fruit Farm, those looking for a sweet something to sup won’t have to stray outside the Norfolk border.

B is for butchers. Order smoked and sweet-cured bacon from Fakenham-based Perfick Pork just like many of the county’s top pubs and hotels do such as The Pigs in Edgefield and The Hoste in Burnham Market. Other great butchers include Goddards of Norfolk, Bradwell Butchery and Harvey’s Pure Meat.

C is for crumpets. The classic British breakfast food and all-round brilliant snack can now be delivered to your door thanks to Crumpetorium, created by experimental crumpetiers from Norfolk. Artisan crumpets come in flavours such as chocolate orange or cheese.

D is for drinks. Whether its Moon Gazer ales from the Norfolk Brewhouse or cordials bursting with fruit from Norfolk Cordial, we know how to keep thirsts quenched with locally brewed beers, or expertly made micro-roastery coffee that can be bought as beans, ground for use at home or to take away and drink immediately in your lunch break from Strangers in Norwich.

E is for eggs. Eggs from Oakland Organic Eggs – the family farm in Horsford – can be ordered online with a host of other produce from its group of local businesses to create a community of businesses in one box.

F is for fish. Being surrounded by beautiful coastline isn’t just good for a day by the beach, it means that fresh fish is in abundance. Staithe Smokehouse with its reverence for the traditional techniques that were used by the smokehouse’s family owners, smokes salmon, kippers, haddock, scallops and makes smoked salmon mousse and more onsite.

G is for gin. We do gin really well in Norfolk. Innovative gin producers include Norfolk Gin with its iconic opaque bottle, Boadicea Gin, named after the East Anglian warrior queen and Black Shuck which comes in a variety of flavours including pink grapefruit and liqueurs to make a Norfolk cocktail – not to mention its cute logo depicting the legendary black dog that reportedly stalks the countryside in the south east.

H is for honey. Collected from hives at Burnham Deepdale whose bees collect pollen from the sea lavender that populates the area, Jarrold Norfolk Sea Lavender Honey has a unique Norfolk coast flavour.

I is for ice cream. Something else that should be done well if you are a coastal county is ice cream. And when the summer kicks in, we all scream for Norfolk ice cream. It’ lucky then that we are blessed with creative and sweet toothed ice cream producers such as Lakenham Creamery, Dann’s Farm or Parravani’s, the Italian style gelato maker.

J is for just one more. Handmade Doughnut Co for doughnuts, chunky cookies from Norfolk Cookie Company or Brick Pizza for authentic hand-stretched pizzas which can be found frozen in lots of locations across the county including Bread Source on Norwich Market, Stiffkey Stores, Creake Abbey and more.

K is for kombucha. The health benefits of fermented food and drinks have gained popularity in recent years. Find local versions with kombucha from All Day Brewing Company in Reepham or sauerkraut and kimchi from Le Digestif in Norwich.

L is for lavender. Not only does lavender have a beguiling scent thought to produce calming effects, but it can add a delicate flavour when used in baking and other products. Visitors to Norfolk Lavender will find the gift shop stocked with lavender gin, lavender infused honey, lavender honey beer, lavender tea and lavender fudge.

M is for mustard. Perhaps a slightly touchy subject for Norwich folk, with the recent departure of Colman’s from its historical home in the city. However, the light at the end of the tunnel came when artisan co-operative Norwich Mustard began producing its own mustard to keep the tradition alive in Norwich. Flavours include mild yellow, hot dijon and even a beer mustard: order yours online.

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N is for Norfolk. We are proud of all our Norfolk producers and love celebrating the achievements of local food and drink businesses, which is why we host yearly awards dedicated to just that. The EAT Norfolk Food & Drink Awards has been postponed for 2020 but nominations will open in the autumn for our 20th innings. Make sure to have your say and nominate your favourite businesses at norfolkfada.co.uk then.

O is for oats. A bowl of porridge in the morning is great for anyone, but even better when it rhymes with our county city. Norwich Porridge makes this healthy breakfast food in several flavours including fruity nut and grain with five seed. They come in instant pots too to be enjoyed on the go or at your desk.

P is for preserves. Candi’s Chutney, Orchard Fruits, Season’s Bounty and The Garden Pantry all create a variety of preserves from The Garden Pantry’s rhubarb and orange marmalade to Candi’s spiced carrot chutney, your larder can be stocked with local preserves for any occasion.

Q is for quiche. Norfolk Deli is the online farmers market that supports many local producers but also makes tempting quiches. A slice of ham and leek or goat’s cheese and fig for lunch sounds quite perfect.

R is for rosemary. Having spotted a gap in the market for quality herbs while working as chefs, Allan and Sue Miller decided to start growing cress to supply their workplace. This idea grew into Nurtured in Norfolk, creating visually pleasing herbs to garnish dishes with and selling bunches of the herbs which can be ordered online.

S is for sweets. Handmade macarons from Macarons & More, imaginative chocolates from Gnaw Chocolate, truffles from Booja Booja or creamy fudge from Anna’s Home Made Fudge: whatever your poison, the sweet toothed among us are guaranteed to find something to take the edge off.

T is for tofu. Nobody can say that Norfolk doesn’t adapt to the times. Tofurei, in the centre of Norwich, uses East Anglian soya to make tofu in one of the country’s first micro soya and tofu factories. The factory was moved for larger scale production and now supplies the shop with lots of great vegan soya goodies.

U is for umami. Along with sweet, sour, bitter and salty, umami is recognised in Japan and other Asian countries as the fifth taste which can roughly be called “savoury” in English. It is used to describe the taste of broths and cooked meats. Get the taste of umami with shiitake mushrooms from Woodfruits or The Garden Pantry’s tomato ketchup, another popular umami flavour.

V is for vindaloo. With a shop based in Swaffham, Curry With Love is the brainchild of mother-daughter team who make DIY curry kits, so you can make takeaway level curries from home. With kits including Goan curry, Thai red curry and lots of Indian curries.

W is for wine. Norfolk’s wine industry is ever growing and for good reason, we have some of the best in the world, with the accolades to prove it. Winburri Vineyard’s Bacchus was judged to be one of the world’s best white wines according to Decanter World Wine Awards. Other vineyards include Flint Vineyard in Earsham, Humbleyard Vineyard in Mulbarton and Burn Valley Vineyard and Winery in North Creake.

X is for xmas turkey. Tables everywhere are adorned with Norfolk turkeys on Christmas Day, particularly recognisable is the Norfolk Black, named so because of Norfolk farmers’ eagerness to keep breeding these turkeys that have become so ubiquitous on Christmas tables. Morton’s Family Farm rears free range animals for its meat including its Christmas turkeys.

Y is for yeast. Giving us each day our daily bread, Norfolk’s bakeries are an essential producer for high quality breads. Bakeries include Bread Source whose bakes can be found around Norwich and also in Aylsham and weekly markets in Fakenham and Reepham. Other bakeries include Dozen in Norwich, The Tudor Bakehouse in Diss and Harleston or the bakery at Byfords in Holt.

Z is for zucchini. Order a cornucopia of fruit and vegetables from Norfolk Veg Box. Options include seasonal boxes in various sizes or entirely customisable boxes with whatever you fancy rather than ending up with an abundance of turnips that don’t get the love they deserve. Additional products to fill your box include bakery goods, dairy products, jams, chutneys, oils and even flowers.

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