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.


Fresh winter fruit and vegetables available at F. Milford and Sons

F. Milford and Sons have a variety of fresh winter vegetables available to order now, with free delivery to your business in Devon.

We have all of the festive favourites: sprouts, sprout stems, swede, parsnips, and turnips, as well as a huge range of other fresh fruit and vegetables, which can be ordered today with free delivery fresh to your door tomorrow.

From field to plate, our fresh fruit and vegetables travel fewer miles and reach our customers as fresh as possible. We work closely with our west country suppliers to ensure that we can continue to deliver the best quality produce every day and suggest new produce that suppliers might want to grow, expanding the range of fresh fruit and vegetables that we can offer.

Whether your order is big or small, or your business is in Exeter or North Devon, F. Milford and Sons will deliver to you, free of charge, the very next day.

Why not try this turnip and butternut squash mash this festive season?


1 large turnip,

1 small butternut squash

2 medium potatoes

2 tablespoons milk

50 grams butter



  1. Cut the turnip, butternut squash, and potatoes into chunks and place into a large pan. Cover them with water and bring to the boil. Simmer for 15 minutes, or until the vegetables are very tender and drain.
  2. Let the vegetables steam dry in a colander for a few minutes, then put them pack in the pan. Add the milk, butter and nutmeg and season to taste. Mash the vegetables to a chunky mash and serve.

If you would like to find out more information about our fresh fruit and vegetables, or put in an order for free delivery in Devon, then please contact F. Milford and Sons today on 01392 274 035, or email us at steve@fmilfords.co.uk. 



Christmas Opening Hours 2017

F. Milford and Sons Ltd


Sunday 24 December – Closed – No deliveries

Monday 25 December – Closed – No deliveries

Tuesday 26 December – Closed – No deliveries

Wednesday 27 December – Closed – No deliveries

Thursday 28 December – Normal Service – Deliveries could be later due to the Christmas Shut Down.

Friday 29 December 2016 – Normal Service

Saturday 30 December 2016 – Normal Service

Sunday 31 December 2016 – Closed – No deliveries

Monday 1 January 2017 – Closed- No Deliveries

Tuesday 2 January 2017 – Normal Service – Deliveries could be later due to the New Year Shut Down.

All orders for bread, dairy & prepared produce for Sat 23 Dec need to be in by 1.00pm on Fri 22 Dec.

All orders for bread, dairy & prepared produce for Thurs 28 Dec need to be in by 10am on Sat 23 Dec.

All orders for bread, dairy & prepared produce for Friday 29 Dec need to be in by 1pm on Thurs 28 Dec    

All orders for bread, dairy & prepared produce for Saturday 30 Dec need to be in by 1pm on Fri 29 Dec

All orders for bread, dairy & prepared produce for Tuesday 3 Jan need to be in by 10am on Sat 30 Dec

We are very sorry but unfortunately, WE WILL BE UNABLE to fulfil any orders for bread, dairy or prepared produce lines left on the answerphone after the cut off times.

Our suppliers are working to tight cut off times which we have to adhere to guarantee supplies.

Thank you for your help on this.

Please note deliveries will running later over this period due to increased volume so please order a day in advance if an order is needed for a set time.

Thanking you for your much-valued custom over the last year and wishing you all the very best for a

great Christmas and a prosperous New Year.


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

fruit veg exeter

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.


Winter Mixed Squashes available now at F. Milford and Sons

Winter squashes are now in season, adding colour to your autumnal menus.

Milford and Sons have a great selection of mixed winter squashes available to order today. Our free local deliveries of fruit and vegetables are available 7 days a week, whatever the size of your order.

From butternut squash to apples, and everything in between, we deliver fresh seasonal fruit and vegetables to our customers every day. F. Milford and Son’s close relationship with our suppliers means that even if we don’t have a specific produce item in stock, we can usually source it.

Our customers love our free delivery of local fruit and vegetables in Exeter and Devon. They know that, as well as delicious produce, when they order from F. Milford and Sons, they are also getting our knowledge of what is the best seasonal fruit and vegetables to buy at that time, keeping their menus fresh and delicious for their customers.

We are committed to supplying the best quality, West-Country produced fruit and vegetables to our customers, and to ensure that we continue to do so, we regularly review our suppliers and ensure that our supply chains are fully traceable and quality monitored.

To find out more information about the West Country fruit and vegetables that we have available right now, or to put in an order for delivery, contact us on 01392 274 035, or email us at steve@fmilfords.co.uk.


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.


Much more than a fruit and vegetable wholesaler…

Destination Teas and Coffees
Selection of Destination Teas and Coffees.

F. Milford and Sons is much more than just a fresh fruit and vegetable wholesaler, we are also Exeter’s local grocer, supplying Devon and the South West with the finest foods and ingredients. We are always looking for new suppliers to enhance the brilliant range of foods that we already have available for you to purchase and are excited to share with you one of our newest suppliers: Destination.

Destination are passionate suppliers of great quality, fair-trade and organic teas, coffees and much more. They were established in 1999 in Bordeaux and they are the largest organic tea and coffee company in France, exporting their products to over 30 countries around the world.

As well as organic and fair-trade teas and coffees, Destination also produce a range of infusions, chocolate drinks, fruit spreads and juices. They have expert knowledge of the organic market and have complete control of the whole production process; ensuring that only the best quality products make it to their suppliers, and consumers.

We now have a wide range of Destination products, ready for you to purchase. If you would like to find out more about the range of products that we have available, or to put in an order then please contact us today on, 01392 274 035.