Local Produce: Brussel Sprout Tops

F. Milford and Sons delivery

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.


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.


Disruption of product availability due to severe weather conditions in Spain and Italy

Severe flooding in Spain
Severe flooding in Spain
Severe weather in Italy
Severe weather in Italy

There are some very serious weather issues in Spain and Italy at the moment.

After a sustained period of cold weather including snow and ice coupled with the serious floods that occurred prior to this in Spain, there are now some major shortages on a lot of products which means what is available is now becoming very expensive.

We think this will last for a few weeks and we suspect certain products will run out for a period which is already happening in a lot of the major retailers.

As always we will keep you fully informed.

We do apologise for this but as you can appreciate it is a situation that is out of our hands.

Please feel free to contact us to discuss some alternatives that we can supply in the form of local produce.


Local and West Country Produce Delivered to the Highest Standards

Milford’s, as a local family fruit and vegetable wholesaler, has adapted a lot during our 120 years of business. With the emergence of major supermarkets and the sharp decline of the traditional high street shop, we have revised our approach and learned how to navigate these new waters; finding alternative businesses to supply with our local and West Country produce.

In the last 20 years, our supply to restaurants, schools, universities, colleges and other public bodies has increased tenfold, which meant that we have had to gain new accreditation to ensure that we are up to date with the relevant food legislation.

To make sure that we were operating to a legal standard, ten years ago we sought advice from Business Link about how to get the right accreditation; we then proceeded to work towards and achieve the ISO 9001 Accreditation, which is an internationally recognised UKAS accredited quality system.

We held this for nine years, then in the last 2 years we have moved over to STS approval in accordance with the Code of Practice and Technical Standard for Food Processors and Suppliers to the Public Sector, which is a more relevant standard to our industry and is recognised throughout the public sector we are serving.

This standard has been developed to cover all activities which may affect food safety, quality and legality of products being manufactured, stored and/or dispatched.

The standard covers food safety quality and legality for food products, which may be:

  • Manufacture of ingredients for further processing
  • Manufacture of finished products
  • Manufacture of part prepared products e.g. cook-chill, souse vide, cook freeze
  • Warehousing of products, ambient, chill and frozen
  • Storage and dispatch of own products
  • Storage and dispatch of product produced by others
  • Wholesale operation

The scope covered by this standard is for all food product commodities that may be purchased, utilised and consumed within public sector operations, for example, hospitals, schools, care homes, local authority premises. This is reviewed and audited annually to make sure we are working to the required standard.

With such measures in place, our customers can rest assured, knowing that we are working to the highest standards and continually ensuring that we have the most relevant accreditation within our industry.