At least once a month, I like to pay a visit to the Saturday Farmer’s market at Wyken Vineyards in Suffolk. There area number of people who sell their produce there every week – fruit and veg, fresh fish, freshly milled oats, milk and eggs from the Domini Dairy, bread from the Thurston bakery, meat from Rolfe’s the butchers and the cheese lady’s amazing cheese selection – including my personal favourite’s Suffolk Gold, Waterloo and Sharpham. It’s not just a great way to support local producers, it’s a lovely morning out in beautiful surroundings and there’s a great cafe.
Usually announced on their Facebook page, they also have a variety of special guest producers which is a great way to find new, unusual and delicious things to eat and drink. This week, I bought black olive tapenade from The Stour Valley Smokehouse and a full set of delicious cordials from Edward’s Cordial.
This time last year they had one flavour, no name and were making cordial for fun with no intention of taking it further. Now they are a fully fledged business with Jimmy, of Jimmy’s Farm fame, stocking the full range. Yesterday I bought a three flavour gift pack of blackcurrant and basil, rhubarb and lavender and strawberry and mint. There were tiny little sample cups laid out so I tried each one and, no contest, I just had to buy them all. Edward himself was on the stall and genuinely lives up to his brand name. Once he told me how well the rhubarb and lavender cordial mixes with a gin and tonic and the strawberry was brilliant with vodka, I was sold. I will confess, Dear Reader, that young Edward is a former schoolfriend of my daughter’s and I’ve been trying to track him and his cordials down for a while – it was worth the wait. It’s a great product and fantastic to see a young local person set up such a brilliant new artisan food business.
Good luck, ‘Cordial Edward’. Cheers!