The most common question we are asked at the honey tree ? When does your veg come in ? The second most common question ? When does your bread come in ? Third most common question , is everything organic ?
Taking them first to last. No, not everything’s organic. We tend not to work to single agendas, but over the years we have spent a lot of time working with the organic movement in the north east, and our fresh farm produce is always organic . That’s where we find the value of organic food really shines out. Our fruit and veg , milk, eggs, many of our cheeses, and fresh local meats are organically certified. But we also take great pride in the work of a number of small scale and local artisan producers. Our customers also love buying the best of local foods with us. And in the end when it comes to good food, the proof we like to say is in the pudding.
Then the first two questions ? Best look at our current weekly schedule, and that should explain things:
Our cakes are fresh out and sandwiches are available from 10am. Fresh takeaway food is prepared every morning Monday to Friday.
We do a lot of our organic veg and chilled reductions on a Monday. From midday there is a great chance to start picking lots bargains on the veg display or in the chilled fridges. We don’t have day fresh baked bread on a Monday but we have some bagged bread to tide everyone over. Our bagged bread is always good for a couple of days.
Local Artisan Foccacia , and some bagged sourghdough are available. Fresh organic milk , butter, and cream from acorn dairy and harry hodgeson’s eggs from piercebridge organic farm are on the shelves by midday. Milk arrives on a Tuesday.
We have day fresh local artisan bread out for sale in the morning. Our new fruit and veg display is out each week by 2pm on a Wednesday.
More fresh bread in the morning. We usually set up the deli counter with cheeses for the weekend in the afternoon.
Day fresh bread available along with some pastries. Glass milk bottles from acorn dairy are out by 2pm and our fridges and freezers have been restocked with chilled goods by the same time.
We have our usual local bread available along with croissants and pan aux choc .
Our Suma delivery is out on the shelves by 10am. Any pre-orders for bulk items customers have placed are also available from the same time.
Some of our small suppliers such as broomhouse farm, piercebridge organics and teesdale cheesemakers only visit us monthly at present, and we usually flag these visits up on social media. We always put up pics of our value veg boxes online and you can easily reserve one before they all go.
We take orders for lots of different goods, but we regret we don’t take orders for fresh goods. But if you need something fresh put aside for you to collect later on in the day , just get in touch on the day. We’ll happily reserve it for that day – and with our veg boxes we will be a bit more patient.
We’ll always try and answer your call in the shop but please be patient and leave a message if neccesary, as the shop floor is often busy. If you have a question please call in as we will always try and answer it for you in-store if we can. We try and remain a little old fashioned and our customer service focuses on our in-store service.