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I am always on the trail of great local food, and some of the best places to explore are the areas where our families live.  N’s family live in a gorgeous North Yorkshire village, and last year I sent off to the local tourist board for their ‘local produce guide’.  It was actually a lot better than I was expecting, with more than just the standard tourist trail. 

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We spent a day travelling about, took a ride on a steam train, and visited a number of local food retailers.  There was a large farm shop selling the touristy deli items, a fantastic farm making their own jam and the best strawberry jam that I’ve ever tasted, and then we discovered The Wall at Coulton.

The Wall at Coulton :: North Yorkshire ::

The Wall at Coulton :: North Yorkshire ::

The Wall is…well…a wall.  It’s an old wall that runs around a lovely old farmhouse with a stunning cottage garden when in bloom.  On the wall are a good variety of the vegetables that they sell.  They have a simple, but honest sign that reads ‘We grow ALL we sell.’ 

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In addition to homegrown vegetables, they also sell pork and lamb, and cut flowers in summer.  Every time we’ve visited since it’s been raining, so the pictures look a bit dismal.  But this place is fantastic, a real gem, with real seriously local food. 

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It works on a simple honesty tin system where you pop the money you owe in the tin on the wall. 

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Soggy looking carrots – God bless the British summer.

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Bags of calabrese and romanesco cauliflower.

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For more information visit their website http://www.thewall-coulton.co.uk.

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