19
Jul
2017

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.

07
Jul
2017

Local Fruit and Vegetable Delivery That You Can Trust

Local vegetable delivery

Our local fruit and vegetable delivery service is only one of the things that makes F. Milford and Sons great.

Everything we do is for our customers; from our free local delivery, to sourcing as many of our products from South West producers, which reduces food miles and ensures that our customers get the best quality produce every time they order.

Whether your business is in Exeter or Dartmoor, we will deliver to you 7 days a week, for free. And if you have forgotten an important item, you can order up to 5am and it will be delivered to you that same morning by one of our team.

All of this is our way of saying thank you to our customers. Since F. Milford and Sons was established in 1908 by Fred Milford, we have worked hard to build our reputation as a wholesaler that delivers a high-quality service to local businesses in and around Exeter and we pride ourselves on continuing this. We are accredited to the highest industry standards, and are an STS certified food supplier.

Whatever your business needs, F. Milford and Sons will work hard to source it for you using our vast supply network here in the South West and further afield. Whether you are looking for locally produced courgettes or Spanish oranges, we can source them and deliver them to your business, at no extra cost.

To make an order, call us today on 01329 274 035 and speak to us about what your business needs.

22
Jun
2017

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.

16
Jun
2017

Dry Goods and Ingredients available at F. Milford’s

Dry Goods

Our selection of dry goods is very popular with our customers here in Devon. From dried fruit and nuts, to seeds and teas and coffees, we have a huge selection of quality products for them to choose from.

One of our most popular dry good ingredients are sunflower seeds. Our customers can use them in a multitude of dishes, from salads to freshly baked bread. They are also great as a healthy snack, sating hunger and providing vitamin E, magnesium and selenium, to name a few!

With summer’s imminent arrival, now is a great time to try out new, delicious recipes. Here we have one full of sunflower seeds and avocado, the perfect healthy salad.

Avocado and Sunflower seed salad:

Ingredients:

  • 6 tablespoons of olive oil
  • 1 and a half tablespoons of red wine vinegar
  • 1 and a half tablespoons of balsamic vinegar
  • 1 clove of garlic
  • 1 tablespoon of mayonnaise
  • 2 heads of little gem lettuce – ripped up
  • 50g of sunflower seeds
  • 2 avocados – peeled, stones removed and sliced
  • Salt and pepper to taste

Method:

  • Mix together the olive oil, both vinegars, garlic and mayonnaise. Season with salt and pepper to taste.
  • Combine the lettuce and sunflower seeds together in a salad bowl, then toss with enough dressing to coat. Top with sliced avocado and serve.

This easy recipe is a delicious, healthy salad which can be enjoyed at any time, but we think that it would be especially good on a warm summer’s day.

Phone us today on 01392 274035, if you would like more information about the dry goods ingredients that we have available to order, or to arrange a local delivery to your business.

23
May
2017

Serving up the finest dairy products from across the South West

South West dairy products

At F. Milford’s, we’re continually expanding the product range that we offer. We may have started as a fresh fruit and vegetable merchant, but now, over 100 years later, we supply our customers with a whole range of different products, including delicious dairy products from Devon, Cornwall and the rest of the South West.

The South West is known for its dairy products; from Cheddar to Cornish clotted cream, and we work with some of the best dairy producers in the West Country to supply our customers with the finest products.

Two dairy suppliers that we work with in the South West are Trewithen Dairy and Quicke’s.

Trewithen Dairy is a Cornish dairy in Lostwithiel. Greymare Farm has been owned and run by the Clarke family since 1976, but in 1994 they decided to start creating their own dairy products. In the beginning the Clarke’s owned their own herd. But as their products grew more successful, they decided to devote their time to producing dairy products with milk sourced from farms within a 25-mile radius, and sold their own herd. Some of the products that we source from Trewithen Dairy are fresh Cornish milk, cream, butter and yoghurt.

Quicke’s is located near Exeter in Newton St Cyres. They make all their cheese by hand, using techniques which have been passed down for generations. Quicke’s Vintage is aged for two whole years before they sell it, this makes it the country’s longest matured clothbound cheddar. In fact, their cheeses are so good that they have won multiple awards; in 2016 Quicke’s were named Taste of the West’s South West Producer of the Year.

If you would like to find out more about the dairy products that we supply, from our South West products to ones from further afield, then please contact us today on 01392 274 035.

10
May
2017

Local Asparagus Delivery in Devon

asparagus

At F. Milford and Son’s, we have a great selection of fresh fruit and vegetables that we deliver to local businesses in Exeter and surrounding Devon towns and villages every day. Asparagus has now come into season, which means that we have just started delivering it to our customers.

Asparagus is a great vegetable as it is full of vitamins and minerals; it contains high levels of vitamins A and C, as well as potassium, iron and calcium, which are all essential for a healthy lifestyle.

It also has different characteristics depending on where it was grown; English asparagus is green, French is purple and Spanish is white, because it is grown beneath the soil. English asparagus is usually grown between May-July, but we can source it as early as February and as late as September from our supplier in the Wye Valley.

At Milford’s we source our asparagus from two different suppliers; the one in the Wye Valley and one from the Vale of Evesham.

An interesting fact about asparagus is that it can grow up to 10 cm per day, some people have even claimed that they can hear the shoots growing.

There are lots of different ways that you can enjoy it; you could bake it in a tart, have it as a side with some salmon or even your Sunday roast. Asparagus is also great in risottos, salads, pasta dishes and stir-fries – we’re happy to talk about recipes with customers at any time!

Alternatively, if you would like to talk to us about a delivery of our delicious asparagus in Devon, then contact us today to discuss your needs with us.

20
Apr
2017

West Country Spring Greens and Cabbage are in Season

April sees the arrival of the peak period for the first cabbages of the year, spring greens. Rich in beta carotene and vitamin C, these leafy green vegetables are a delicious way to top up your immune system, and keep your eyes and skin healthy.

F. Milford and Sons source our spring greens and cabbage from Stone, a vegetable supplier in the West Country.

There are lots of great ways that you can enjoy spring greens and cabbage; from stir-fry’s to soups and stews, or you could just have them as a side dish with one of your favourite meals. Here is a very simple recipe which you can use for your spring greens:

Spring Cabbage with Mustard Seeds:

Ingredients:

1 tbsp olive oil

1 tbsp mustard seed

1 small onion, finely sliced,

1 garlic clove, crushed

1 tbsp grated ginger

500g spring cabbage, shredded

Method:

  • Start by heating the oil in a frying pan, then cook the mustard seeds until they are starting to pop. Then add the onion, garlic and ginger and fry until golden. Next, put in the cabbage and stir, ensuring that it is fully coated in the spices. Cook for 5 mins until tender, then season and serve immediately.

 

The best time to buy spring greens and cabbage is from April – June, as this is when they are at their best. To put in an order, or speak to us about any of the other West Country vegetables that we supply, then contact us today on 01392 274 035, or email steve@fmilfords.co.uk.

11
Apr
2017

One Stop Shop for All Your Dry Goods Needs

Dry Goods

As well as sourcing the best, West Country fruit and vegetables, we also supply a huge range of other products. Our ever-increasing range of products now includes a great variety of dry goods and ingredients which will help make your meals more delicious and varied than ever.

We have a great selection of dried fruits and nuts, spices and oats available to order today.

One of the most popular dry goods lines is our ground almonds, which are a versatile staple for any kitchen. You can use them in both sweet and savoury dishes, from main meals to desserts and everything in between. There are so many different, delicious recipes out there which use ground almonds, but we thought that we would share with you a recipe which uses them to create a delicious dessert.

Marmalade and Almond Tart

Ingredients:

250g ready-rolled shortcrust pastry

250g unsalted butter

250g caster sugar

4 free-range eggs

250g ground almonds

1 jar marmalade

150g flaked almonds

250g clotted cream or crème fraiche, to serve

Method:

  1. Preheat the oven to 160c and line a 20cm tart tin with the pastry
  2. Next, it is time to make an almond paste, by beating together the butter and sugar in a large mixing bowl. Then add the eggs one by one, beating well between each one. Finally, mix in the ground almonds and place into the fridge to cool for 10 minutes.
  3. Now, layer the bottom of the tart with a generous amount of marmalade, top with the almond paste and scatter over the flaked almonds. Bake for 40-50 minutes, until the pastry is crisp and the filling is golden and has risen.
  4. Then, serve with either clotted cream or crème fraiche, if you want to, and enjoy!

 

We have a great selection of dried fruits and nuts available today, please feel free to contact us on 01392 274035 or email us at steve@fmilfords.co.uk to find out more information about the range of dry goods that we have available and to put in an order.

05
Apr
2017

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:

Ingredients:

55g rhubarb

85g golden caster sugar

Method:

  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!
05
Apr
2017

This Week at Milford’s

Here is an update from Milford’s about the great local produce that we have available right now.

  • Savoy cabbage is now very very short and when it does come in it is in 8’s not 12’s.
  • Primo cabbage is still not of the quality we are happy to buy.
  • Very little spring green available and broccoli is still very very pricey.
  • Still good local potatoes, leeks, cauliflower, turnips, swede and parsnips – so a good warming stew is still excellent value.
  • Daffodils have now sadly finished.
  • Hot Cross Buns are available as are saffron cakes as we head closer to Easter.
  • We also have the full range of bread rolls for all those Easter morning breakfast baps.  Please ask if you would like more details on our bread range.
  • Local rhubarb is very plentiful for a lovely warming crumble on a cold day like this.
  • We have some locally ‘sprung’ Devonia water in attractive glass bottles – both small and large bottles and both still and sparking – looks lovely on a white linen table cloth for a nice Easter meal or even as a refreshing drink along with a spring day picnic.
  • We have some processing mushrooms available at £1 pre tray.

We will be sharing our Easter opening times later on in the week.

If you have any questions or you would like to any more information or details about what we have mentioned then please do not hesitate to contact us on 01392 274 035.