When Ash and I were young, our family spent a short period of time in Africa, where farm produce is sold direct from beautifully curated ‘farm stalls.’
On Saturday mornings we sipped freshly pressed apple juice against a backdrop of mountains and orchards, the smell of warm bread drifting over fruit crates packed with colour, whilst parents met friends for coffee. Some years later we pedalled through Africa and experienced this same hospitality on a smaller scale, breaking long miles of dust and heat to buy pawpaw or mango cut generously from family gardens just metres from the road. These small cottage industries were lifelines not just for us but also the farmers. For TEALS to have such a close connection to our past is incredibly rewarding. And where better to grow roots than Somerset; a region rich with produce, home to a wonderful community of craftspeople and where orchards are ever-present and reassuring foundations of local life. Particular thanks to the Heart of Wessex LEADER fund for supporting us and helping to bring TEALS to life. We’re incredibly grateful for your generosity.