David Golubows: Chocolatier, Derbyshire
In our Easter special David Golubows and his partner Bridget Joyce were featured making very special Easter eggs on their hillside farm in the Peak District. Using local ingredients where possible they craft luxury chocolates, which they sell in Harvey Nichols and Liberty as well as the local farmers market in Bakewell, under their company name Cocoadance.
Tim Jesty: Watercress grower, Hampshire
Tim Jesty is the fourth generation of his family to farm and his earliest memories are of helping the labourers out in the watercress beds. Having made it through disasters such as a disease called crook root and the closure of the railway lines that had previously taken the crop to market, he has now seen the market boom particularly with watercress’s elevation to superfood status.
James Swift: Salami maker, Monmouthshire
James Swift and his business partner Graham Waddington create cured meats to rival Italy’s best at Trealy Farm in Monmouthshire. Having travelled round Europe to learn the trade they returned to create their own recipes using traditional breeds of pig from local farms, this not only reduces food miles but also ensures the farmers get a decent price.
James Arkell: Brewer, Gloucestershire
James Arkell’s Donnington Brewery in Gloucestershire won the Good Pub Guide’s Brewery of the Year award in 2010, which is no mean feat when independent breweries are springing up across the UK. Using traditional equipment, in a building that has been used for brewing since 1865, James produces two bitters using local spring water traditional English varieties of Hops and barley from a Norfolk malting.
Myles Blood Smyth: Mussel farmer, Devon
Myles Blood Smyth is passionate about his job and about doing it in an environmentally friendly way. Helping to create a rich and diverse eco system in the Exe estuary where his mussels are grown and using environmentally friendly methods to extract them, Myles is able to sell them to some of the finest restaurants in the country
Judy Goodman: Goose farmer, Worcestershire
Rearing geese since 1982 Judy Goodman’s birds are prized by the countries top chefs. Having started as a way to ensure having a goose for Christmas dinner the demand for her geese grew and grew and she now rears around 4200 a year with orders really taking off after a story in the Worcester Evening News was followed by an ITV piece.
Caroline Watson: Sheep farmer, Cumbria
At Yew Tree Farm north of Coniston Water, Caroline Watson, with her husband Jon, rears Herdwick sheep on the heather, bilberry and herb covered hillsides. Helping to preserve the breed, where others are selling their flocks Caroline has forged a living from the breed often seen as too expensive to rear, selling to local restaurants and even from the farm itself.
Richard Haward: Oyster farmer, Essex
Dredging oysters from the deeper waters off the Essex coast before relaying them in shallower creeks to fatten up Richard Haward works hard in all weathers to keep the family business thriving. He is also persistent in selling Colchester Native Oysters despite them being less popular than rock oysters, going out of his way to get the public to try them at markets and shows.
Gioia Minghella: Ice-cream maker, Isle of Wight
Gioia Minghella not only produces fantastic ice cream with fresh natural ingredients but also helps nearby dairy farmers by only using local milk and cream ensuring they don’t have to sell cheaply to cooperatives. Constantly inventing new flavours and tweaking old ones to get them perfect Gioia and her husband Richard are never content to cut corners or stop pushing to get the perfect ice creams.