This Newsletter is dedicated to inspirational stories about North Yorkshire producers and growers, farmers, farm shops, butchers, cafes, restaurants and other speciality local food outlets. You will find that they all share a dedication and commitment to providing the finest produce that North Yorkshire has to offer.

The web site is also your very own personal directory of recipes, seasonal tips and ideas. Let it take you on a journey of discovery across North Yorkshire. Be it organic, free range, traditionally reared or rare-breed it's all there just waiting to be discovered.

This Spring Newsletter includes not only stories that give a flavour of the many North Yorkshire successes you will encounter on our brilliant web site, but also several "newsy" items about all the wonderful local produce and some dates for your diary.

We hope you enjoy reading it.



Where to buy local produce
Where to eat local produce
Local farmers markets
North Yorkshire Country Markets
What's in season
Food events in North Yorkshire
Food news and features from North Yorkshire
Seasonal recipe ideas
About us
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Yorkshire Breakfast

Yorkshire Breakfast
Speciality Breakfast Cereal, made in Yorkshire farmhouse kitchen, knocks traditional "Full English" into touch...  [more]

Celeb Chefs love Venison

Celeb Chefs love Venison
James Martin, Brian Turner and other top Celebrity Chefs just love using Venison... [more]

Reduced Food Miles For Fruit

Reduced Food Miles For Fruit
Award winning Sessay Fruit Farmer helps cut food miles... [more]

Castle Howard Farmers' Markets
The Stable Courtyard at Castle Howard will be holding regular Farmer’s Markets on the second Wednesday of every month... [more]

Organic Specialist opens another Farm Shop
Green Eggs & Jam, a North Yorkshire Organic Farm Shop, is celebrating the opening of its second outlet... [more]

Ainsty Farm Shop wins Rural Retailer Award
Ainsty Farm Shop, near York, has recently won the Countryside Alliance Best Rural Retailer 2007 Award – for the area covering Yorkshire, Nottinghamshire and Derbyshire. ... [more]


Purple Sprouting Broccoli

Purple Sprouting Broccoli
Broccoli has been grown in the UK since the early 18th century but the purple sprouting variety has only risen to prominence in the last 30 years...[more]


Leeks can be used in soups, salads and stir fries. Home-grown or organically farmed leeks have a beautiful flavour... [more]


One of the most versatile and cheapest vegetables around. There are several varieties of carrots from sweet Parisienne to conical Chantenay with its concentrated flavour... [more]


Green Garden Herbs Spring Gardening Weekend
Saturday, 5th April 2008 and Sunday, 6th April 2008 (10am - 4pm)

You are bound to be spoilt for choice as there are more than 500 varieties of herbs and seeds to choose from at this innovative nursery. There will also be a display of unusual and rare species of these familiar varieties, including Agapanthus, Sweet Peas, Alpines and Perennials... [more]

The Dales Festival of Food and Drink
Saturday, 3 May 2008 to Monday, 5 May 2008

Held at Leyburn in the heart of Wensleydale, the Festival will take place across May Day Bank Holiday weekend... [more]

The Ryedale Festival of Food and Drink
Sunday, 25th May 2008 to Monday 26th May 2008

Castle Howard will once again form the stunning backdrop to the fourth Ryedale Festival of Food and Drink... [more]

Green Garden Herbs Summer Herbs Weekend
Saturday, 31st May 2008 and Sunday, 1st June 2008 (10am - 4pm)

Following their visit to the Chelsea Flower Show, the nursery hosts a weekend dedicated to Basils, Salad Herbs, Lavenders and Salvias... [more]

Open Farm Sunday
Sunday, 1st June 2008

Open Farm Sunday 2007 was a big success, so farmers across North Yorkshire are once again being encouraged to open their farm gates to the public on Sunday 1st June, 2008. The Open Farm campaign provides an excellent opportunity for children and adults to learn more about where their food comes from, and the environment in which they live. For more information visit


Yorkshire Rhubarb and Apple Charlotte

Yorkshire Rhubarb and Apple Charlotte
There is just still time to catch the slender, tender, forced Rhubarb from Yorkshire’s Rhubarb Triangle... [more]

Town End Farm Lamb

Town End Farm Lamb
Lamb is traditionally served at Easter and in early Spring. This gently spiced warming Casserole is a great family dish... [more]

Warm Broccoli, Pepper and Smoked Tofu Salad

Warm Broccoli, Pepper and Smoked Tofu Salad
“Superfood” broccoli is teamed up with roasted red peppers and tofu for a healthy springtime salad... [more]



A great way to find great North Yorkshire food
Good food and North Yorkshire go hand in hand, but to find out exactly where to get your hands on the County’s culinary delights you will need a guide!

North Yorkshire County Council’s Fall in Love with Local Food Guide details where to buy a wide range of North Yorkshire food, including baking, dairy products, drinks, fish, meat, fruit and vegetables, herbs, honey and sauces. It also lists farm shops, cafes and farmers markets. To be included in the guide, food must be produced from livestock raised or crops grown in the County. The listing also includes foods which are made from local produce but which also contain other ingredients. The guide has a foreword by television cook Annie Stirk, and also has features on several of the County’s producers. Keep this handy little guide in the kitchen or in the car!

Fall in Love with Local Food costs just £2.00, including postage, send a cheque made payable to North Yorkshire County Council to: Fall in Love with Local Food, Economic Development Unit, County Hall, Northallerton, DL7 8AD.


Since the beginning of the year we have added twenty two new members with more coming on board all the time. We would like to extend a warm welcome to them and hope they reap the benefits of being part of the website.

To view the latest members entries click on the link below:

Do keep coming back for more
We regularly update the website Events and News section so keep checking for more events and activities with a North Yorkshire Local Produce flavour.

We hope you found the information contained in this newsletter useful. If you have a question about any of the articles then please contact us using our online contact form. We will be happy to help.

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