Steve Reid from Friars Farm has been making jams and chutneys for most of his life and in 2014 turned his passion into a business. He created Friars Farm and today makes gluten-free, small-batch preserves that contain no artificial ingredients.
We highly recommend their Apple & Fig Chutney – a good all-rounder that goes well with many dishes, particularly cheese. Although tasty all-year round, it has a distinct Christmas flavour. In fact, Steve uses this chutney in his version of a mince pie where he replaces traditional mincemeat with the chutney and tops it with Nene View Dairy cheese.
Another favourite is the Chilli Jam – a sweet apple jelly with added chillies. It has many uses, including elevating a cold pork sandwich to new heights! If you fire up the barbecue it is delicious atop a juicy burger.
But the jewel in the crown of Friars Farm product list is arguably their Northampton Marmalade, which recently won a bronze in the World Marmalade Awards. It is beautiful served simply on toast.
You can buy Friars Farm products in several shops including Grey’s Coffee Shop and Deli at Roade. It is also available online, either through the Friars Farm website or Honeysuckle Hampers. Many local restaurants also serve Friars Farm products as part of their menus, including The Good Loaf and The Plump Partridge.
By Lisa Hayter, Northamptonshire editor