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Gin O’Clock -  A Guide To Local Producers 

Gin has recently experienced a surge in popularity, with many small distilleries producing different varieties and flavours to meet the demand. Local wine merchant Bruce Evans looks back at the history of this classic British drink and shares his favourite south west producers.
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What A Two Week Break Looks Like At Gourmet Leaves

When lockdown started Gourmet Leaves salad farm had to rapidly change their business model or face ruin. Kate Monk and her family worked flat out to set up a new home delivery service. The deliveries proved popular, but after two months of relentless working, they ran out of salad and energy, so they decided to take two weeks off. As Kate reports, it was far from a restful break. 
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Cake, Coffee and Covid-19

Coco’s, the new cafe and cake shop on Crediton High Street, had only been open for five months when Covid-19 forced it to close. Luckily demand for owner Chloe Burston-Thomas’ delicious cakes has continued and she has been able to keep baking. Coco’s is now open again, for takeaways only, and Chloe is optimistic about the future.
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The Ramblings of Life on a Smallholding

Gourmet Leaves is a family lettuce farm navigating a new path for their business in response to Covid -19. In the second of her blogs, Kate Monk looks back to 2012 when they decided to take on a neglected vineyard in an idyllic spot of Devon. Life proved to be far from idyllic in the first years, as they battled against the weather living in a dilapidated park home.
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Growing with Covid-19

Kate Monk describes how her family is trying to find their way through the crisis.