12
Dec
2017

Local Produce: Brussel Sprout Tops

Brussel sprouts have long been a feature of many a Christmas dinner across the country, but this year why not mix things up a bit and try delicious sprout tops?

F. Milford and Son’s only source the best quality fruit and vegetables. And wherever possible we use West Country suppliers, which means that our fruit and veg has travelled less distance and reaches us in great quality. Order by 5 am and we will deliver your fresh, local produce that very same day.

Sprout tops are the perfect accompaniment to your Christmas dinner this year. They are packed with vitamins, containing vitamin k and vitamin c, they are also more delicately flavoured than sprouts and can be served with a variety of things, including bacon, and hazelnuts. We also have delicious local flower sprouts available to order, which are a cross between kale and sprouts, and very popular with our customers!

Our free, local produce delivery service is available 7 days a week, no matter how big your order is.

If you would like to talk to us about what fruit and vegetables we have available this winter, or put in an order for free delivery, then contact us on 01392 274 035 or email us at steve@fmilfords.co.uk and we will be happy to help.

05
Dec
2017

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

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.

30
Nov
2017

West Country Produce Available Now – Perfect for Your Winter Stews and Casseroles

 

With the night’s drawing in and temperatures dropping, Autumn and Winter are the seasons for warming stews and casseroles. Packed full of delicious vegetables such as parsnips, leeks, carrots, swede and green top and purple top turnips, they are perfect for the colder evenings.

At Milford’s we have a great selection of West Country produce that’s great in stews and casseroles. Sourced from producers across the South West our produce is delivered to us daily as fresh as if we had picked them ourselves, which we then deliver to our customers the very next day, free of charge.

No matter what the size of your order is, we will deliver it the next day, free of charge. Our customers love our seasonal fruit and vegetables and know that when they order with us they are going to get the freshest, tastiest West Country produce delivered straight to their door.

Our great quality West Country produce, including swede, green top and purple top turnips, parsnips and leeks, are the perfect ingredients for your warming stews this winter, to put in an order for delivery today contact us on 01752 274 035.

24
Nov
2017

Local Produce: Delicious Winter Recipe with Kale

 

Here at F. Milford and Sons, we work hard to ensure that we get the best, locally produced, in-season fruit and vegetables delivered every day from our suppliers.

With the season’s changing and winter on its way, kale is a great addition to any diet. Packed full of nutrients and vitamins, it’s perfect for the colder months.

We have curly, Russian red and calvenero kale available, (and smooth to come later), all available to order today and delivered to your business the very next day at no extra cost.

Why not try this delicious chicken, kale and mushroom pie for dinner this winter?

Ingredients:

1 tablespoon olive oil

1 large onion, chopped finely

3 thyme sprigs, leaves picked

2 crushed garlic cloves

350g chicken breasts, cut into small chunks

250g chestnut mushrooms, sliced

300ml chicken stock

100g crème fraîche

1 tablespoon wholegrain mustard

100g kale

2 teaspoon cornflour, mixed with 1 tablespoon cold water

375g pack of puff pastry, rolled into a circle slightly bigger than your casserole dish

1 egg yolk, to glaze

Method:

1. Heat 1/2 tablespoon olive oil over a gentle heat in a flameproof dish. Add the onion and cook for 5 minutes until they start to soften. Then add the thyme and garlic and stir for 1 minute. Turn up the heat and add the chicken, frying until golden but not fully cooked. Add the mushrooms and the remaining oil. Heat oven to 200c/180 fan/gas 6.
2. Add the stock, creme fraiche, mustard and kale. Season well. Add the cornflour mixture and stir until it has thickened a little.
3. Remove from the heat and cover with the puff pastry lid, pressing into the sides of the dish. Slice a ‘cross’ in the centre and glaze with the egg. Bake for 30 minutes until the pastry is puffed up and golden.

If you would like to talk to us about our free, local delivery of produce then phone us today on 01392 274 035 or email us at steve@fmilfords.co.uk.

10
Nov
2017

Fresh Local Vegetable Deliveries of Broccoli, Cauliflower, Leek, Sprouts, White & Red Cabbage, Swede, Parsnip & Mixed Squashes

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Need a daily delivery of fresh local vegetables to your business?

At F. Milford’s we pride ourselves on our delivery service; our customers can order by 5 am and it will be delivered that same morning by one of our team.

Right now, we have a great selection of Broccoli, Cauliflower, Leek, Sprouts, White & Red Cabbage, Swede, Parsnips & Mixed Squashes, available to order today. They’re all full of essential vitamins and minerals, perfect to mix up your menu this Autumn.

Wherever we can, we source as much of our fresh vegetables from local & South West suppliers. Our Broccoli, Cauliflower, Leek, Sprouts, White & Red Cabbage, Swede, Parsnips & Mixed Squashes come from a mix of suppliers, Thorne and Mike Stone, Tancock and Cullompton based Clarke & Sons.

Milford’s proximity to our South West suppliers means that our vegetables are delivered to us as fresh as possible, and can be delivered to you the same day.

Our customers love our free, daily vegetable deliveries. They know that they’re getting the season’s freshest vegetables, delivered to their business every day, from a family-run local grocer which has over 100 years of history in Exeter.

So, whether your business is large or small, get in touch with us today to place an order and arrange a free delivery of our delicious, fresh vegetables to your business.

Putting in an order is easy, just phone us on 01392 274 035, or email us at steve@fmilfords.co.uk.

01
Nov
2017

F. Milford’s: A Local Grocer in the Community of Exeter

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Milford and Son’s started in 1908 as a family-run local grocer, a tradition that continues to this day.

Cousins Steve Hawley and Paul Milford began their F. Milford’s careers running the grocer’s market stall in Exeter back in the 1980’s. They have since risen within the company and are now Director’s, sourcing the best fruit and vegetables from South West suppliers for our customers and ensuring that our food safety standards remain high.

Through the years, we have expanded from a small fruit and vegetable shop in Paul street to a wholesaler based in Marsh Barton, but something that hasn’t changed is our values.

  • We work with many South West suppliers, getting our fruit and vegetables delivered to us from as close as possible to ensure that they are the best quality and freshness for our customers.
  • And, our produce isn’t the only thing that we source locally, we also buy our stationery and sundries from other local companies in and around Exeter.
  • We always either reuse our produce boxes or donate them to other local businesses who can make use of them.
  • We support many local charities and events, including Force Cancer Charity bike ride.

Our values underpin everything that we do at F. Milford’s, and as well as helping the local economy and community, they also help us reduce our carbon footprint and make us more environmentally friendly, something that is important to us as a local grocer.

If you would like to talk to us about what products we currently have and how we could help your business, then please get in touch with us today by calling us on 01392 274 035 or emailing steve@fmilfords.co.uk.

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.