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All people be ready to face food scarcity problem as locusts increasing rapidly and multiplying itself quickly in India

When we talk about food obviously an important person who comes into many people’s mind will be the farmer. He tirelessly works months together and finally they provide food in raw form which we cook it in our style. Actually, farmers are not doing an easy task because they have to face numerous struggles to bring a crop to the final stage. In between a farmer faces issues like water scarcity, climate change producing heavy rain, constant air flow and other government issues. These are most common problem but in current trend there is an issue which really makes every farmer to get frightened about their crops is arrival of swarms of locusts from African countries. These locusts are small creature which brings abundant loss for the human by giving food scarcity problem. How can an insect bring this food scarcity problem will be the next common question and the answer for this is briefly explained below.

Who are these locusts?

These locusts are the creatures which will originate from the forest areas of African countries and they fly towards the eastern countries. When they come from one place to other obviously they need food and they eat away all the things which are found greenish. It is really a destructive species in this world because a swarm of locusts can destroy several hectares of land and they do just to get food. While they act in destroying process they concentrate more on the raw food resources like wheat, rice and all the food resources which are more essential for humans. This in turn brings massive food scarcity problem making many humans to lie in hunger.

Places of locusts attack

There are several districts in India which are badly affected by the arrival of these swarms of locusts. At first they enter into Iran and by the way they travel passing Afghanistan and Pakistan and finally they reach India where locusts attack is very worse than the other countries. In India they will first intrude on the areas of Rajasthan and Punjab and then they travel all across India creating

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We’ve Reached the Finals – Wish us Luck

Last month brought us our first awards recognition, the Healthier Choices Scheme Gold Award, and we are over the moon to have been recognised again as a finalist for the Specialist Retailer of the Year award at The Flavours of Herriot Country Awards 2016. We’re up against some fantastic local food businesses from the Hambleton and Richmondshire area and we’re very proud to have reached the finals. The Awards takes place in Leyburn on 2nd December and we’re really looking forward to it!

We were disappointed not to make it through as a finalist in the deliciouslyorkshire & Yorkshire Post Taste Awards 2016. However we are in only our first year of trading and this makes us even more determined to keep improving what we’re doing and enter again next year. Full steam ahead! A list of the Taste Awards finalists was published in The Yorkshire Post on Saturday 10 September and will be available on the deliciouslyorkshire website soon (www.deliciouslyorkshire.co.uk). We wish all our shortlisted suppliers the very best of luck including Lister’s Farm Shop, Boroughbridge, Herb Fed Poultry, York, Shepherds Purse, Thirsk and Bracken Hill Fine Foods, York.…

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Top 5 Tips for Eating Healthier in 2017

1. Healthy snacking

Snacking doesn’t have to always be bad. Nor does it have to be all about goji berries, nuts and chia seeds. Instead of potato crisps pick up some wholegrain pita chips, delicious with hummus and instead of oven chips bake some swede, beetroot or turnip chips, just as tasty!

And you can still enjoy a sweet snack. Dates and figs are naturally sweet and go great with nutritious goats’ cheese or cottage cheese. Instead of milk chocolate reach for the dark chocolate. It contains more cocoa with the added bonus of cleansing antioxidants which lower the risk of heart disease.

2. Variety is the spice of life

Keeping mealtimes interesting and varied can help us eat better. Trying new recipes means we eat lots of different foods that provide a greater range of vitamins the body needs and keeps dinnertime interesting. Not knowing what to cook or not having the time to plan and shop for meals often leads us to grab ready-made meals or launch the takeaway app on our phones.

If you’re looking for kitchen inspiration, there’s lots of healthy recipes out there online and on social media. Or, of course, order yourself a Yorkshire recipe box delivered direct to your door and let us take care of all the hard work for you!

3. Add flavour, not fat to your food

Put the butter back in the fridge and avoid adding high salt and sugar ketchups and sauces to bring your food alive. Look out for fresh cut herbs and spice mixes to bring some colour and flavour to what you eat.

Check out Amaali Spice of Skipton and Asharun Spices, Harrogate, both of whom are independent Yorkshire producers offering incredible hand-blended spice mixes you can buy online.

Not sure what to do with those lemons and limes still lying around? Add citrus zest to your food when cooking or sprinkle some on your finished dish for a lighter, more refreshing taste.

4. Swap white for wholemeal or brown

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Whirlow Hall Farm

Our fabulous Yorkshire Garlic supplier, Whirlow Hall Farm Trust, is a registered charity on the edge of Sheffield providing a real farm experience for all. With agriculture, horticulture, beekeeping and a vineyard, it’s truly a classroom in the countryside!
The farm was set up as an educational trust in 1979 by Alan Aikin. Alan grew up in the inner-city and was sent to a farm as an evacuee during WWII. He was so profoundly affected by his experience of farming and the countryside that years later he decided to set up a centre for all ‘inner-city’ children to come and experience the wonders of the countryside and develop their understanding of where their food comes from.

Whirlow is a fully-functioning working farm spanning 180 acres with a variety of livestock and growing spaces. With a flock of 200 North Country Mules ewes, a small herd of Aberdeen Angus and Galloway suckler cows, pigs, free-range hens and turkeys there’s always plenty going on whatever the time of year. There’s fresh, seasonal fruit and veg on sale in the farm shop depending on the time of year and you can pick your own fruit picking during the summer months.

Manager Sam Trepte says:

‘The Trust is a unique environmental and educational charity, providing an outstanding learning experience to over 10,000 children and young people a year, many of them from disadvantaged backgrounds and the innercity. For many of our young visitors this is the first time that they will have visited a farm or the countryside. By holding a newly-hatched chick, bottle feeding a newborn lamb or simply seeing a pig with her piglets for the first time they are having an unforgettable experience.’
Whirlow welcomes schools and groups on day trips and longer residential stays offering handson experiences for children and young people to gain skills in working with animals, growing and harvesting food, cooking and taking part in adventure activities.

Weekend visits are available in residential units offering great facilities for self-catering groups. Farm tours are available to the public all year round on weekends and bank holidays. Tours are …

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Our Yorkshire recipe box joins Gorgeous Cottages unique concierge service

Everyone here at SNAP! HQ is very excited that we’re teaming up with Gorgeous Cottages, a passionate Yorkshire business that’s just as balmy about God’s Own County as we are! Gorgeous Cottages offer a hand-picked collection of the finest luxury holiday cottages in Yorkshire and our Yorkshire recipe box, drinks and cheeseboards are soon available via their concierge service delivered to your holiday home door.

From family-friendly barn conversions in the Dales to romantic boltholes by the sea, they have the perfect Yorkshire Holiday Home for you. Whether it’s a large, spacious property for that overdue family gathering; a truly romantic break with loved ones; or you’re looking for a place that’s family friendly and dog friendly; visit their website www.gorgeouscottages.com or get in touch with the team and discover why over 98% of their customers would book with them again (Revoo)!

MD Christina Brion says:

‘Put simply, I’m crazy about Yorkshire and its stunning landscapes and I wanted to create something quite different to the average booking agent. It’s not just that all of our properties are top quality, it’s the fact that we genuinely want to promote the location, the people, Yorkshire life, as well as the luxury cottages we market. Every Gorgeous guest enjoys complimentary use of our unique concierge service, on hand to personally recommend the best local restaurants, gastro pubs and places to visit. SNAP! Recipebox, like us, is a small, independent family business with a focus on quality food and drink, personal customer service and our amazing Yorkshire. We’re delighted our visitors will have the option soon to order their own Yorkshire recipe box, drinks and cheeseboards via our concierge service delivered to their holiday home door.’

So if you’re looking for the perfect hideaway for a rest from work and hectic life or you fancy exploring more of this fantastic part of the country with its diverse countryside take out the hassle and fuss of shopping and taking food with you or finding the local shops and let SNAP! deliver something special to cook, eat and drink and relax during your holiday.…

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Bedale Community Bakery

Bedale Community Bakery is the culmination of the “Big Bread Experiment” (made into a three part series for BBC2 in 2011), a unique social initiative to reunite a once thriving farming community through making bread.

The journey began when local women set up a bread-baking group in the church hall to help bring community spirit back to the town. The group discovered quickly the therapeutic benefits of kneading dough in the company of friendly folk who were determined to have some fun!

One of the group’s objectives was to source all ingredients from the nearby area. A local farmer grows the corn. Crakehall watermill has been restored to mill the corn into stoneground flour that is delivered via the heritage Wensleydale railway to Bedale where it is turned into delicious, fresh bread at the bakery. The food miles are reduced to just five miles “from crop to crust”.

The bakery is going from strength to strength and is a focal point for the local community. Volunteers give whatever time they can to assist three paid bakers. Locally produced Wharfe Valley cold pressed rapeseed oil is added to some recipes as a natural preservative and freshly baked loaves are delivered to a number of businesses in the area.

Volunteer and team leader Carol says “Everyone here is committed to producing wholesome, tasty bread using the slow proving method improving taste and digestibility. We are all passionate about producing quality, local food and want to persuade others that this, together with community activity, is the pathway to good health and happiness.”

“In return for a free loaf, Bedale residents bring us their surplus vegetables and herbs which we add as ingredients in some of our breads. We donate any surplus bread to a food bank so everybody benefits and we reduce food waste.

As well as a wide selection of freshly baked loaves, ciabatta and bread buns, the bakery offers tasty pasties, scones and muffins. While the baked products change regularly, you might be lucky enough to get your hands on a marmite and cheese loaf, a leek and potato …

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TRUEfoods

TRUEfoods make stocks in kitchens exactly the same way any high calibre Chef would.

A long slow cook, roasting bones where appropriate and passed through double muslin twice. By standing by its principles the business now supplies an enviable client base.

TRUEfoods has recently celebrated its ninth year of trading. Its foundations are solidly rooted in delivering and setting high quality and maintaining consistency. Managing Director Mitch brings over 35 years’ experience working across the food industry, including time as a Head Chef at leading hotels and restaurants and then with some of the UK’s most successful food manufacturing organisations as Product Innovation Director.

The lifeblood of the business are fresh stocks, reductions and jus made without compromise, using culinary principles, 100% British sourced bones, a direct source of filtered spring water, and carefully sourced UK veg. Only pure natural ingredients are used, never ever are flavour enhancers, or life extending ingredients added.

The TRUEfoods product portfolio extends beyond stocks and sauces. Chef prepared pates and terrines are also made to high standards with premium quality core ingredients.

Mitch says: 

‘When we established TRUEfoods in 2007, the clear vision was to deliver uncompromising fresh stocks that offered consistent clarity and great flavour without any needless enhancers or additives. Working with traditional culinary principles, modern production technology and the highest of Food Safety standards, this objective has been achieved with great success to date. The newest addition to the business is The Bakery where savoury pies and tarts are produced; another Chef led business. The same high standards apply to this unit, the pies and tarts are packed with fabulous succulent meat and sauces made from TRUEfoods stocks – a great combination.’

Where to buy: TRUEfoods retail brand sits on the shelves of selected retailers and they are proud to produce ‘HESTON from Waitrose’ stocks and sauces.…

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H Lee & Sons Family Butchers

Established in Thirsk by Thomas Lee in 1747, the year John Wesley first preached in the town, H Lee & Sons Family Butchers is one of the oldest family firms in Yorkshire.

Built upon solid traditional values of honesty and service, brothers Simon and Giles Lee follow their late father Harry’s commitment to providing high quality meat and meat products with friendly, welcoming customer service to all.

From their two shops in the town employing more than 10 local people, Lees sell the full range of beef, pork and lamb joints and cuts, including steaks, chops, bacon, burgers and cooked meats as well as fresh poultry.

Their market place shop bakes daily on site fresh pork pies, meat pies, pasties and sausage rolls. They make their own sausages in the shop with “sausage of the month” featuring tasty flavour combinations including pork with cranberries, pork and pickle and pork and black pudding to name a few. They also sell stuffing mixes and sauces to compliment your meat as well as extra large, free-range eggs from family firm Wensleydale Farm Eggs, Leyburn. You can find a full product list on their website.

All beef cattle and lambs are bought weekly direct from Thirsk auction mart and pigs come direct from a nearby farmer at Topcliffe. Slaughtered locally, the beef is hung and aged for a minimum of two weeks improving and concentrating the flavour of the meat before sale.

Giles says, “Buying local from Thirsk auction mart and local farmers is of utmost importance to us, for welfare reasons and to help everyone in the local economy. Customers nowadays are very interested to know where their food comes from, and to see that welfare standards are being kept up. We often put where our meat is sourced from on our blackboard outside the shop. It’s surprising how many folk notice this and come into the shop to buy which is brilliant because we believe that customer recommendations are the best advertising you can get!”

Sales are increasing via their Facebook page with regular offers and competitions launched to engage with customers …

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Three Little Pigs

We interviewed Jonathan & Charlotte Clarkson the founders of Three Little Pigs who make their own chorizo and salami from their herd of free range, rare breed pigs, raised on their family farm near Beverley in Yorkshire.

Tell us how your company began?

‘Three Little Pigs was born shortly after we received a rare breed Berkshire sow for a wedding present. We bred from her and the business has gradually evolved from selling on the farmers’ markets to producing the air-dried range that we have now.’

Why is your product different to others on the market?

‘The ingredients we combine with our pork are the best we can get. For example, in our chorizo we use La Vera smoked Pimenton.  We’re very proud that each of the six products in our range has won a Great Taste Award.’

Tell us something we might not know about your product?

‘It takes 12 months in total to produce our chorizo and salami, that’s 11 months, 3 weeks to breed and feed our traditional, slow growing, rare breed pigs and a further 5 weeks to make the product. The chorizo and salami are carefully dried, checked daily and adjustments made to ensure it dries to perfection. After one final inspection, the chorizo and salami are packed, labelled by hand and ready to send out.’

What is your favourite product from the range?

‘We love our spicy chorizo. It’s fantastic to see the reaction on people faces when they try it for the first time. We were delighted when it won 2 stars at the Great Taste Awards the first time we entered it. It’s great news that our award-winning chorizo is finding its way to more and more customers nationwide in SNAP!’s Yorkshire recipe box. We love the idea of our chorizo arriving together with so many other quality Yorkshire produced ingredients for customers to cook up delicious, tasty meals.’

Tell us the best bits and the worst bits of your job?

‘We love what we do. Particularly, that we can produce a really special product that people enjoy so much whilst holding …

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Help us spread the word about the Yorkshire recipe box!

The top quality and freshness of the ingredients in our Yorkshire recipe box, the personal customer service we provide and the fact that we support Yorkshire farmers, independent shops and local food producers are all things we’re extremely proud of. We’re asking for your help so we can spread the word far and wide!

 

One of the biggest challenges for every small business is how to reach more and more customers. Word of mouth and customer recommendations to friends, colleagues and family are the strongest, most sincere sales messages we can hope for. With a choice of seven easy and impressive tasty recipes each month and from April a choice of two delivery dates every month there’s no better time for folk to give us a try. Don’t forget, we deliver to your door personally around Yorkshire and by DHL UK-wide.

 

We’re asking you to share this email far and wide together with promo code Yorkshire15 getting everyone 15% off our Yorkshire recipe box and drinks whether it’s your first order or you’re a regular customer. Please share our posts on Facebook, retweet us on Twitter and like us on Instagram, it all helps. And if you know anyone who already orders recipe boxes from other companies, please mention our Yorkshire recipe box to them, we promise they won’t be disappointed with the quality of our ingredients!

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