South West Produce Delivered Daily by F. Milford and Sons

At F. Milford and Son’s, we supply many businesses and organisations in and around Exeter with our fresh, locally produced fruit and vegetables every day.

We have built close relationships with our customers, and are proud to have worked with many of them, including Exeter University, for several years in some shape or form.

We are proud to source as many of our fruit and vegetables from West Country suppliers as possible. Our connection with South West suppliers and businesses is one of F. Milford and Sons strongest values; we invest in our local economy as much as we can and support other local businesses and charities in Exeter and Devon.

By working with West Country producers, we lower our carbon footprint and food miles and ensure that our locally produced fruit and vegetables reach our customers as fresh as possible.

If you are looking for a local fruit and vegetable wholesaler in Exeter, with free delivery every day, no matter the size of your order, then contact F. Milford and Son’s today on 01392 274 035 or email us at steve@fmilfords.co.uk.


English Apples Now Available for Delivery at F. Milford and Sons

English apples

The English apple season is in full swing, and we have some great varieties available to order today at F. Milford and Sons.

We have both cooking and eating apple varieties available, and with our free daily fresh fruit and vegetable deliveries you can put in an order today and receive it tomorrow.

F. Milford and Son’s source as much of our fresh fruit and vegetables from local producers as possible and our apples are no exception. This means that from the field to plate, our produce has travelled less distance and reaches you as fresh as possible.

We have some great varieties of English apples available to order, including:

  • Royal Gala
  • Russet
  • Cox’s
  • Braeburn
  • Jonagold

If you would like to talk to us about local fruit and vegetable delivery or our lovely English apple varieties, please phone us on 01392 274 035 or email us at steve@fmilfords.co.uk.


West Country Produce Available Today at F. Milford and Sons

Fresh local produce

At F. Milford and Sons we take great pride in our role as a local, family-run wholesaler. As part of this, we are proud to work closely with West Country producers, delivering their goods to our customers every day.

In the South West, we have a lot of fantastic fruit and vegetable growers and dairy product suppliers. We work closely with them to ensure that the products we sell are the best quality and delicious. And whenever possible, we use our vast supply network in the West Country to source our products, as this cuts down on food miles ensuring that our fruit and vegetables reach us as fresh and delicious as when they were picked.

There are many benefits to buying produce that has been grown in the West Country. As well as supporting local businesses and the economy of the South West, buying local also means that you’re eating produce that is in season and at its best.

The rise of the supermarket, with their year-round availability of fruit and vegetables, may have reduced the perception of seasonality, but there has recently been a surge in consumers desire to know where their food is coming from. This has led restaurants to highlight their use of locally sourced foods on their menus, and we’re happy to be able to supply the restaurants and cafes that buy from us with the best West Country produce available.

From small cafes and restaurants, to bigger establishments such as schools and universities, F. Milford and Sons deliver fresh produce to our customers every day, no matter what their size.

We’re proud to be supporting West Country producers and supplying our customers with the best seasonal produce available. If you would like to find out more about the different West Country products that we have available, including fruit, vegetables and, dairy products, then please contact us today on 01392 274 035.


Summer fruit is in season at F.Milford and Sons

Fresh Strawberries

With summer arriving, there are lots of different fresh fruit and vegetables that are coming into season. F. Milford’s has a great selection of fresh fruit and vegetables available to order today, and delivered to businesses in and around Exeter, 7 days a week.

Two fruits which are especially popular during the summer months are strawberries and raspberries.

At Milford’s, we source our fresh strawberries and raspberries from three fruit farms in the South West; Nynehead Farm in Somerset, Ball’s Farm near Exeter and Thornes Farm which is in Crediton, 7 miles outside of Exeter.

Milford’s proximity to our South West fruit suppliers means that our strawberries and raspberries are delivered to you as fresh and tasty as possible; going from the field to being delivered to your business within 24 hours. Almost as if you had picked them yourself!

Here are 10 interesting facts about strawberries and raspberries that you may not know:

  1. Strawberries are not technically a fruit as their seeds are on the outside.
  2. In the late 1950’s Scottish raspberries were transported from Scotland to London on a steam train known as the ‘Raspberry Special’.
  3. The average strawberry has 200 seeds per fruit.
  4. There are over 200 species of raspberries.
  5. The vibrant red colour of strawberries comes from the large amounts of anthrocyanidin in the fruit.
  6. Raspberries can come in many different colours such as; red, purple, gold and black.
  7. Strawberries are full of powerful antioxidants, which can help prevent illnesses.
  8. Gold raspberries are the sweetest variety.
  9. Strawberries are thought to protect against inflammation.
  10. Raspberries were first cultivated in England and France in the 1600’s.

Bonus fact: It won’t come as a surprise to learn that both strawberries and raspberries are filled with essential vitamins and nutrients that are vital for a healthy lifestyle, but did you know that they are both part of the rose family?

We are excited for the summer months to arrive, and delivering delicious strawberries and raspberries to our customers. If you would like to talk to us about the availability of our fresh fruit and vegetables, and put an order in with us, then contact us today on 01392 274 035.


West Country Rhubarb Season is Here

West Country Rhubarb
West Country Rhubarb

The maincrop rhubarb season has now started, which means South West rhubarb is now in full swing at F Milford’s.

Rhubarb is a complex vegetable as it has two different seasons, ‘forced’ and maincrop.

‘Forced’ rhubarb is grown under pots in the early months of the year within the ‘rhubarb triangle’ – Leeds, Wakefield and Bradford. Maincrop rhubarb can be grown all over the UK and its season runs from March – June. This means that rhubarb is now in season in the West Country, and our South West producers are delivering their in-season rhubarb to Milford’s.

There are several differences between the two different kinds of rhubarb, one main distinction is that ‘forced’ rhubarb is a watermelon colour, whilst maincrop is a deep red. However, there are some similarities as well. Rhubarb leaves, both maincrop and ‘forced’, contain oxalic acid and shouldn’t be eaten, and all rhubarb is too tart to be eaten raw, so must be first cooked with a lot of sugar to neutralise the tart taste.

Although rhubarb is classified as a vegetable, it is treated more like a fruit, and can be enjoyed in a variety of ways; on ice cream, waffles or yoghurt, or even on a salad or fish. There are lots of recipes out there which use rhubarb in different ways.

We thought we would share with you a simple recipe to cook rhubarb, which can be used to accompany a variety of foods.

Roasted Rhubarb:


55g rhubarb

85g golden caster sugar


  1. Preheat the oven to 200c. Then rinse the rhubarb and get rid of any excess water. Trim the ends off and cut into little finger-sized pieces. Put the rhubarb in a shallow dish or baking sheet which has sides, then pour the sugar over, toss together so that the rhubarb is equally covered and then arrange so it’s in a single layer
  2. Cover with foil and roast for 15 mins. After the 15 minutes has passed, remove the foil. The sugar should have dissolved, so give it a little shake and roast for another 5 mins or until the rhubarb is tender and the juices are syrupy. When you think, it is ready, test with a sharp knife; the rhubarb should be easy to cut through.
  3. Then all that’s left to do, is enjoy with your favourite accompaniment!

Healthy New Year Recipe Using Fresh Fruit and Vegetables

The start of a new year can mean a lot of different things to people, but at the top of many people’s list is getting fit and healthy, especially after the indulgent Christmas period! At F Milford and Son’s, we only source the best, fresh fruit and vegetables, from as close to the South West as possible. This ensures that they are perfect for creating delicious, healthy meals and kick-starting your healthy new year.

Fresh fruit and vegetables are a great way to introduce key nutrients and vitamins into your everyday life and there are so many to choose from – all with their own benefits and nutrient values. One vegetable that’s been hailed a ‘superfood’, because of its nutrient and vitamin content, is kale.

Kale is packed with vitamins A, K and C – which are important for your eyes, blood and immune system. We source our kale from Thornes farm in Stockleigh Pomeroy, which is a village in Devon located 8 miles outside of Exeter.

There are so many delicious ways that you can use kale in your meals, from smoothies to savoury muffins and lots in-between, a tasty recipe is provided below. This recipe uses kale and other fresh ingredients to create a meal that is healthy but also delicious: perfect on those cold, January days.

Pesto pasta with cherry tomatoes, kale and ricotta:


–        500g penne pasta

–        200g kale – chopped

–        3 garlic cloves – chopped

–        2 x 400g cans cherry tomatoes

–        Olive Oil – 2 tablespoons

–        Crushed chilli flakes – 1 tablespoon

–        Ricotta – 4 tablespoons

–        Fresh pesto – 4 tablespoons

–        Parmesan, to serve (optional)


1.     Using a large saucepan, heat the oil and then add the garlic. Cook for 2 minutes, until golden, and then add in the chilli flakes and tomatoes. Season well and then simmer for 15 minutes – until the sauce has thickened and reduced.

2.     Cook the pasta whilst the sauce is simmering –  use the on-pack instructions on how to cook the pasta. Then add the kale to the pasta for the last two minutes of cooking.

3.     Drain the pasta and kale, and then stir into the sauce. When divided into bowls, top each serving with a dollop of ricotta and a drizzle of fresh pesto. You can also add some parmesan if you would like.

If you would like more information about the fresh fruit and vegetables that we have available, please contact us today and we will be happy to help.


5 Tips From Your Local Grocer To Help You Reduce Your Food Waste

F. Milford and Son’s, Exeter’s local grocer and wholesale food supplier, care a lot about the environment and try to look after it in any way that we can. Food waste is something which negatively impacts our environment; here in the UK we throw away 7.2 million tonnes of food each year!

This has multiple affects; if it is put into landfill then it will produce methane, a greenhouse gas – which absorbs the sun’s heat and warms the atmosphere. It also means that all the water, energy and time which was put into producing the food was wasted, and that we have spent a lot of money on food which we have not used.

At F. Milford and Son’s, we minimise the amount of food that we send to landfill, by donating any produce that has passed its sell-by-date to local farmers. We also offer products that are not at their best, but perfect for making soup with, to our customers at reduced prices. But there are other options – here are 5 simple ways that you can reduce your food waste too:

1.     Freezing food – You can freeze food right up until its ‘use-by’ date, you don’t need to freeze it on the day that you purchased it. This is a great tip for cutting down your food waste as you can freeze things that you know you won’t be using for a while, though always be aware of how long things can be frozen for before they should be thrown away. Here is a helpful chart which has information on the ‘freeze-life’ of different foods.

2.     Plan your meals and make a list before you go shopping – This is a great way to ensure that you don’t buy things that you don’t need. When you plan your meals for the next few weeks, go through your cupboards and fridge/freezer to write down what you already have. Then you will know exactly what it is that you need to buy from the shop and what you don’t.

3.     Reduce portion sizes – Most of us tend to over-produce food for our meals. By reducing these portions, you will lower the amount of food that you throw away because you haven’t eaten it; leaving you with more ingredients to make other meals. If you do make a bigger portion than you meant to, then a great way to reduce food waste is to use the leftovers as lunch or dinner the next day.

4.     Re-sealing food in airtight containers or packaging is also a handy way to reduce your food waste. By doing this, you can make your food last longer than it would in the open and won’t need to buy more food for longer. Also, most food comes in packaging which helps it to last longer, so don’t give in to the temptation to remove the packaging which products are sold in.

5.     Knowing the difference between ‘use-by’ and ‘best-before’ dates will help you better understand which foods can be saved for a later date and which ones need to be eaten sooner:

Use-by: the ‘use-by’ date is very important for safety; foods cannot be eaten after this date has passed. This date is used on foods which go off quickly such as meat and eggs. You cannot freeze food after its ‘use-by’ date as it will already be unsafe to eat.

Best-before: this date is to do with quality rather than safety. Foods with a ‘best-before’ date can be eaten after the date has passed, though it won’t be at its best and won’t taste as good. These dates are used on frozen, tinned and dried foods.

As a local grocer and food supplier, we hope that you have found these food waste reduction tips helpful and you can use them to help reduce the staggering amount of food that is thrown away yearly in the UK and save yourself some money in the process. Contact us today if you would like to discuss the different products that we have available or to put in an order.


Four Elms Fruit Farm

Here at F. Milford and Sons, we work with a lot of different fresh fruit and vegetables throughout the year; as the seasons change so does our produce. Right now, apples are at the core, with many different varieties coming into season during the Autumn months. Therefore, what better time to introduce one of our main local apple suppliers, Four Elms Fruit Farm which can be found just 12 miles outside of Exeter.

Four Elms Fruit Farm is currently in its third generation of family ownership. It was established over 90 years ago and has been successfully run by the Smedley family since the early 1960’s. It is safe to say that they are experts in their field; growing 14 varieties of apples on their 70-acre farm including, Cox, Egremont Russet, Bramley, Braeburn and Gala. They also produce delicious Real Devonshire Apple Juice for which they have won multiple awards; this year they were awarded gold medals from Taste of the West for their Cox/Bramley, Cox and Russet juices, all of which we stock.

Four Elms takes a lot of pride in supporting the environment and is an ambassador for the ‘East Devon Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty’. As well as this, Mark Smedley has over 10 thriving bee hives on the farm, which are helping to re-establish honey bee numbers in the UK. The honey which is produced by the bees is sold in their shop, The Apple Shed, which can be found on their farm. There are also numerous owls and bats which live in boxes which have been specially put up around the farm.

If you would like more information about the different Four Elms products that we stock, then please contact us today and we will be happy to talk to you about them and take your order.


Local Supplier: Thornes Farm

Thornes Farm Shop

At F. Milford and Sons, local fruit and vegetable wholesalers in Exeter, we pride ourselves on the work we do with producers and suppliers of fresh fruit and vegetables in Devon. We believe that it is this approach which sets us apart from other wholesalers; we care a lot about our local community and economy and work hard to strengthen them both.

This month we wanted to introduce you to one of our suppliers; Anthony Thorne from Thornes Farm.

Anthony has farming in his blood; his family has been farming in Devon for hundreds of years. Thornes farm, which can be found in the Devon town of Crediton, 7 miles outside of Exeter, has been going for 30 years, since it was bought by Anthony in 1986. They supply us with some of the best fruit and vegetables that the South West has to offer.

They are especially known for their strawberries; which we stock between May- November, and are perfect for making delicious conserves and jams as well as lots of other delicious, healthy treats.

This Autumn, we will have a whole range of different fresh, fruit and vegetables sourced locally from Thornes Farm including; savoy cabbage, primo cabbage, Romanesco cauliflower, leeks, pumpkins, Marfona potatoes, beetroot- candy, golden and normal varieties, courgettes, kale – Russian red, cabanero and curly varieties, swede, and a limited supply of strawberries.

If you would like to talk to us about any of the locally sourced products we have available or to make an order, then please contact us today where we will be happy to help.


Wholesale fruit

If you live in the South West of England, it’s hard to avoid our wholesale fruit. Milfords supplies pre-packed, loose, and prepared fruit across Cornwall and Devon. Every day, our lorries deliver to scores of greengrocers, cafeterias, restaurants, and shops.

The Milfords brand means quality wholesale produce. We source from the West Country whenever possible, and we know each of our suppliers. From local apples to Fairtrade bananas, you can rely on Milfords.