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Time for a change

For me, this week’s is a sad column to write, because it is my last for The Westmorland Gazette.
Him Indoors has just retired so the plan is to enjoy more time in Bessie the motorhome, we’ve also got a house to renovate.
However, the good news is that the WG is to continue waving the Checkout flag with the help of new young foodie on the block, reporter Stephanie Manley.
Her task, as it was mine when I launched the column many moons ago, will be to encourage us all to support the local food economy – our fabulous food producers and all our wonderful independent high street shops, butchers, greengrocers, farm shops and delis etc.
Fortunately, if the regular feedback I get from the people who appear in the column is anything to go by, then you, dear readers, can take a bow for responding so enthusiastically to that message.
I believe that together – you and me – we’ve come a long way on the local food front; we have so much to be proud of.
I am sure I shall miss putting pen to paper every week. However, I am looking forward to having more time to be creative in my own kitchen. Who knows – there could even be a cookbook (only kidding!).
I shall, of course, continue to promote local food – I’m an avid tweeter (@scrummypr) and I have my own website ( – but in this newspaper from next week it’s over to Stephanie. I hope you will follow her words as keenly as you have followed mine.
Thank you.
So, here they are, my final round-up of Checkout recommendations – enjoy!
From Dales butchers at Kirkby Lonsdale, Fred Gibson’s Pump House Farm pork – boneless legs at £7.50 per kilo, chops at £9.50 per kilo, and boned and rolled shoulders of pork at £5.50 per kilo.
From the Staff of Life bakery in Kendal, award-winning wholemeal bread made with 100 per cent wholemeal flour and six seeds – pumpkin, sunflower, golden linseed, sesame, poppy and wheat. The loaf comes in ‘tin’ size at £1.80 and as a 2lb round loaf at £2.80.
Baker Simon is busy organising food for the ‘Mintfeast’ fundraiser for Mintfest at Kendal Town Hall on Thursday, June 6. Check out the Lakes Alive website for ticket details.
The Honeypot at Hawkshead’s recommendation was for Country Pudding’s new ‘blackberry and apple crumble’. Two x 120g pots cost £2.99.
More sweet treats from Country Harvest at Ingleton, which is stocking the new Bon Chocolat range (all £4.99) of rum-soaked chocolate raisins - for example, cappuccino coffee beans, caramelised hazelnuts and ‘olives de Provence’ which are creamy carcona almonds dipped in dark and white chocolate and made to look like real olives.
To Powells greengrocers in Sedbergh next and if you are looking for some sunshine to brighten up a miserable March then checkout new season Amalfi coast lemons (un-waxed and un-sprayed) at £3.75 per kilo; sweet little Spanish mini plum tomatoes (£1.65/250g); 6-pack Valencia oranges (99p); and South African blueberries (£1.25/125g).
On the home front, Powells also has new season Wye Valley rhubarb at £3.25 per 400g pack.
Finally, Burton Village Stores have this week opened their new community café selling hot drinks, home-made soup and cakes.
”We’re still on the lookout for a name so all suggestions will be gratefully received,” said shop manager Gail Lister.




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