Following a year and a half in lockdown keeping our hands clean, it seems that getting your hands dirty may be the key to boosting your health and mental wellbeing. That’s why an opportunity to arise in Crediton could provide a lifeline for local people, as Bracken Jelier discovered when she visited the Barnfield community allotment.
Devon boasts many independent brewers producing delicious ales, but Utopian Brewing is doing something different - producing lager. Set up two years ago in a farm unit near Copplestone, it is already winning awards for its lagers made only with British ingredients. Crediton wine merchant Bruce Evans is impressed by the quality of their beers and urges you to try one on your next trip to the pub.
Like many small businesses, Gourmet Leaves salad farm has had a tumultuous year. Thanks to Covid, they have had to change their business model five times and work flat out to keep their farm afloat. But somehow they have survived. Here Kate Monk looks back with pride on a year of extraordinary challenges and tentatively forward to their plans for 2021.
We’re lucky around here to have so much good food served up by local cafes, pubs and restaurants. Many hospitality businesses made changes during lockdown the first time round, adapting menus for take-out, setting up as temporary local shops, delivering hot meals to those self isolating and generally cheering us up. Charlie Richards gives us a round up of some of the places serving takeaway food during lockdown.