Bumper Honey Harvest for Princesshay

Heatwave Quadruples Princesshay Honey Harvest

The exceptionally hot weather in June has resulted in Princesshay’s bees producing a bumper batch of honey. The beekeepers at Princesshay are expecting 400lbs of honey, 4 times more than in previous years, which will be sold exclusively at Chandos Deli in Princesshay in aid of Children’s Hospice South West.

Princesshay Beekeeper Jason Wallis, said: “This is our fourth honey harvest and it is set to be easily the biggest yet thanks to the exceptionally warm weather during the early part of the summer. The honey will be collected at the end of August, ready for sale in Chandos Deli at the start of September.”

Bee hives and flower beds on the roof of Princesshay in Exeter. © Photograph – Richard Austin Tel: 07831-566005

Princesshay’s City Bee project began in 2012, when a tranquil rooftop garden was created for honey bees high above the shopping centre as part of an environmental initiative which forms part of the company’s wider biodiversity strategy. Princesshay regularly encourages visitors to visit the project and get an insight into the busy world of bees.

To date, the city bee project has been visited by over 1000 school children, students and members of the public. Now entering its 5th year, Princesshay’s city bee project continues to grow, with the project now housing 5 hives with approximately 300,000 bees.

The bumper crop of honey comes just as Princesshay celebrates its 10th birthday this September with a series of events including an aerial art installation and a giant birthday cake being cut on 20th September.

Bee hives and flower beds on the roof of Princesshay in Exeter. © Photograph – Richard Austin Tel: 07831-566005

Budleigh Salterton Food Festival (October 11th to 13th 2013)

A new food festival is hitting our radar here at Eating Exeter, and its taking place in Budleigh Salterton.  Not satisfied with already having a reputable literary festival, the new festival will showcase the best local produce that Budleigh has to offer as part of the Budleigh Business ‘Buy Local’ Campaign.

Lasting three days it’ll feature such wonderful things as Exeter mussels, Clinton Devon Estate’s very own venison and cakes from Otterton Mill.  Plus lots of local ales, cider and wine.

Read more on the Devon Bites website here or visit the Budleigh Food Festival website.

Hatherleigh: Ruby Country Market 30th March 9:00am – 2:00pm

Here is an idea for a day out!


On the 30th March, Hatherleigh Livestock Market hosts another Ruby Country Market bringing together a whole collection of stallholders, musicians and live demonstrations.  Set in one of the most scenic parts of West Devon, Hatherleigh really shows off its deep agricultural roots if you have a gander at the Wikipedia article.  There are so many different stallholders, including quite a few food producers!  If you are a food producer who wants to get involved then drop them an email or call  on 07855 187364.

Cheese in a market in Italy
Cheese in a market in Italy (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Its a fair way from Exeter, and yes this website is ‘Eating Exeter’ not ‘Devouring Devon’, but markets like this need all the support they can get and its an opportunity for the foody populous amongst us to source and try out producers who might not get a chance to sell their stuff to us city folk!  It is one of the largest established markets in Devon of its type and its relatively young, only having started up in 2012

For more information have a look at the website.  They are also on Facebook and Twitter!




Exeter Farmer’s Market


South Street in Exeter is mostly filled with estate agent’s, low-rent restaurants and The George’s Meeting House, the better Wetherspoons pub in Exeter by far.  Such other delights include a couple of churches, a KFC and some ruins.  It is the average bit of Exeter which, every Thursday transforms itself with the Farmer’s Market.

For foodies are quite spoilt for choice in Exeter.  Darts Farm lies just outside Exeter, and within easy driving distance there is a whole load of organic farm shops and nice place to buy nice things.  But for those who can’t get out to the sticks, the Farmer’s Market showcases some of the best local produce that you can grab with your foody mits.

When I popped down for a nose around a couple of weeks ago, I bumped in to an old family friend. Vic who runs Random Cottage remembered me and with this I couldn’t help by a large chunk of Random Cottage’s Afterburner Cheese.

So here is a list of producers who appear at the Exeter Farmers’s Market either weekly or occasionally.

  • Sweetland’s – pies and pasties from Honiton
  • Higher Hacknell – organic meats from Umberleigh
  • Bread of Devon – from Exeter
  • Linscombe Farm – organic vegetables from Sandford, Crediton
  • The Old Watch House – fishmonger from Lyme Regis
  • Blackaller Apiary – honey from Bovey Tracey
  • Sue’s Home Baking from Okehampton
  • Farmhouse Pies & Pasties from Silverton
  • SB Stanbury – venison & game from Tedburn St Mary
  • Random Cottage – local cheeses
  • Milltop Orchard – apple juice and fresh fruit from Chudleigh
  • Nourish  –
  • Gratton & Oldridge – preserves and chutneys from Chulmleigh
  • Poole Farm –  producers of pork products
  • Otter Valley Poultry – chicken, duck and seasonal turkey from Honiton
  • Random Cottage – fresh eggs are sourced from Rosamondford Farm, Perkins Village, Exeter
  •  Norsworthy Dairy Goats – hard and soft goats cheese.
  • South Ham Lamb from Sandford
  • Maia Moss – Middle Eastern Deli
  • Annie’s Cakes –  Cupcakes
  • Gardners Delight – fresh fruit from Bude
  • Bocaddon Farm Veal – welfare friendly
  • Moonbeams – rare breed Gloucester old spot pork from Wellington
  • Gara Barton –  Farmed venison
  • Emma’s Bread –  from  Shillingford Abbot
  • Shillingford Organics –  Organic Fruit & Veg from Shillingford Abbot
  • Exeter Brewery – from Exminster