From paddock to plate
After many years of British housewives using their one-stop-shop supermarkets for convenience, we are seeing a resurgence of artisan food providers.
More UK towns are experiencing a revival of local craft bakers, shops dedicated to selling fruit and veg and butchers where they cut to requirements and not all the meat is covered in plastic. In Topsham we are fortunate to have 2 farm shops within a 5 mile radius.
Just north of Exeter, in the rolling East Devon countryside around Cullompton, Peter and Henri Greig and their family have been farming for over 25 years, slow-rearing their Devon ruby red cattle in small, stress-free groups to minimise the need for the vet and to maximise the flavour of the meat.
The Greigs are passionate about farming and quality to the point that their operation, Pipers Farm, now embraces 25 other family farms, coming together and retailing their produce in Pipers Farm Butchers Shop in Exeter.
When you see their pigs, contentedly browsing in the orchard you would expect your Sunday roast to have more flavour, the crackling to crackle more.
The Greigs have proved that you don’t have to re-invent the wheel to prosper. Hard work, a passion and quality says it all.