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The seasonal cold snap and some spectacular sunsets are making the run up to Christmas 2008 particularly special. The frosty nip in the air is also a real bonus for adding a delicious extra flavour to parsnips and sprouts. We hope you enjoy trying the two delicious recipes in this newsletter.

North Yorkshire’s farm shops, butchers and deli’s, really come into their own at Christmas. Farm fresh Turkey’s, Geese, delicious juicy hams, tasty pies and wonderful home grown vegetables are all available in abundance, making it really easy to get lots of inspiration for family meals and entertaining. And with many of the farm shops now boasting a cafe, you will be able to treat yourself to a festive glass of mulled wine or hot chocolate or coffee and a warm mince pie, after all the shopping.

You may even be able to solve some of your Christmas gift shopping too, by creating your own foodie hamper, or giving a special foodie gift – who wouldn’t love to find a bottle of locally made Sloe Gin or Brandy, a truckle of Wensleydale or Swaledale cheese or a selection of unusual chutneys, in their Christmas stocking.

North Yorkshire Christmas markets are in full swing over the coming weeks, so wrap up warm and get into the festive spirit.

Wishing you and your family a very Happy Christmas,

The North Yorkshire Local Food Team

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Fresh goose is bought as a whole bird, which has a thick layer of fat, most of which melts away during roasting, leaving tender, slightly gamey meat...[more]

Brussels Sprouts

Brussels Sprouts
Easy to grow, you can find sprouts in farm shops and at farmers markets throughout the region...[more]


North Yorkshire can boast some wonderful beef herds and you only need to visit The Great Yorkshire Show to see the fine specimens we breed here...[more]

Other Local Produce In Season
One particularly nice thing about Christmas is that most of us have the opportunity of enjoying food that we don't normally eat at any other time of year...


Christmas at Castle Howard
Tuesday, 9th December 2008 from 10:00 to 16:00

Bumper Christmas Market in the Stable Courtyard...[more]

Knaresborough Edwardian Christmas Market
Saturday, 6th December to Sunday, 7th December 2008

The historic town of Knaresborough transforms itself over the first weekend of December for its famous Edwardian Christmas...[more]

Christmas at Sutton Bank
Saturday, 6th December to Sunday, 7th December 2008

Santa comes to the Sutton Bank National Park Centre...[more]

Other Local Events
Keep up-to-date with all of the latest local events on our website...


Beetroot and Herb Salad

Crispy Roast Goose
Goose is relatively expensive but a little goes a long way. It is a rich, fairly fatty meat but it has a delicious flavour...[more]

Brussel Sprouts with Glazed Shallots

Brussel Sprouts with Glazed Shallots
The addition of sweet caramelised shallots turns the traditional sprouts into a delicious alternative...[more]

Crispy Beef, Mushrooms, White Onion Risotto & Balsamic Jus

Crispy Beef, Mushrooms, White Onion Risotto & Balsamic Jus
By Jerome Gaudre, Head Chef At Rudding Park using produce from one of their 'Food Heroes'...[more]

Other Recipe Ideas
Browse our website for loads of seasonal recipes...


Whole Hog Sausages

Whole Hog Sausages
Sausages ranging from the original Whole Hog to Italian sausages with fennel seed, chillies and garlic...[more]

Big Sheep Little Cow

Big Sheep Little Cow
Visit Santa on the 6th and 7th December and then everyday from the 13th to the 20th December...[more]

Hook House Farm

Hook House Farm
Certified organic farm producing naturally reared Organic Bronze Christmas turkeys, lamb and beef...[more]

Aberdeen Angus at Park House Farm
Park House Farm is a 60 acre farm with natural flower meadows and protected semi-ancient woodlands situated within the Nidderdale AONB. They produce top quality pedigree Aberdeen Angus beef cattle and pure bred Texel lambs. Supplied in ready packed boxes or individual joints...[more]


Since the publication of the last newsletter, we are delighted to welcome all our new member to our website. It is exciting to see all the fabulous local produce available at all these pubs, restaurants, cafes and hotels across the County.

Click on the links below to read more about the new members and what they can offer.

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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