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Local Businesses Adapt to Feed the Countryside

Today we are shining a spotlight on three local businesses who have adapted to the strange times we find ourselves in to better serve their communities. A big thank you from the Countryside Alliance team!

The Queens Arms

Queens Arms, East Garston Berkshire, RG17 7ET

Freddie Tulloch's The Queens Arms, is situated in the beautiful village of East Garston in Berkshire and is voted as one of The Telegraph's Top 30 Pubs. Reacting quickly to these extraordinary times, it has become an online shop stocking all the local supplier’s goods. It also provides freshly made pizzas between Friday and Sunday, which are available to collect at a designated time slot.

The aim of this shop is to offer those that live in and around East Garston with a local depot that can supply meat, game, cheese, sweets chocolate, wine, beer and spirits to make self-isolation a slightly more enjoyable experience. The pizza has been incredibly popular, so make sure to secure your pre order in time!

The Rural Supply

Clean Slate Catering HQ, Hungerford Park Farm,

Hungerford, RG17 0RT

Milly Fortune is usually found running catering company Clean Slate Catering. When her events were cancelled, she quickly recognised that she was in the position to set up a direct link between her catering suppliers' and people wanting delicious, local food. Within a week Milly and James Geary had put together the Rural Supply website, where customers can buy boxes filled with meat, fish, vegetables, fruit, cheese, as well special ingredients such as hot cross buns, coffee, fudge, fresh Summerdown Mint and James’s own rapeseed oil. They have already sold 100 boxes in a week, with orders growing by the day.

Being a key pillar in the community, others have volunteered to help Milly and James by providing empty farm buildings to expand box collection points, and by starting a delivery service for the elderly and vulnerable. Thanks to their quick thinking and entrepreneurial spirit, they have ensured lucky Wiltshire residents’ cupboards are full of seasonal, local produce.

The Strawberry Stop

Siddington Farm, Leadington

Hereford, Herefordshire, HR8 2LN

The Strawberry stop in Ledbury supplies strawberries to some of the best events in the county, including the rugby at Twickenham and Formula 1 at Silverstone. The cancelling of social gatherings meant that Ed and Tom had to think on their feet, and they started to run their food box delivery service from the kitchen table delivering seasonal fruit, vegetables and eggs. Food boxes were the perfect choice as they already had great infrastructure, including fridges, vans and suppliers in place as well as people working on the farm who may otherwise have been made redundant.

Changing their jobs has meant saving their jobs. Now they are delivering over 100 boxes a day, and work on an old fashioned trust system. Orders are placed on their facebook page or by phone,  and bills are popped in with the boxes so that customers can pay safely by bank transfer after they have received their goods. Ed and Tom’s mother helps with orders and says that chatting to the elderly when they are ordering adds another dimension to the business. Order On Facebook Today!

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