Hello there, thank you for reading our blog, I thought it was about time to start writing as it feels like there’s always a lot to share with those who care about our lovely meals here at Marlborough!
This term I – Jess, hello I’m the lead cook in the kitchen, have been focusing on improving our base of suppliers for different things like meat, vegetables and dairy, all of which we use a LOT of. Besides from the obvious reasons for which we want to use more organic stuff (ie its way better for us) I think here at Marlborough we have a BIG chance to support our local economy, farms and producers if we choose to buy direct and from local small businesses rather than huge wholesalers. The added bonus of this is that we build relationships with companies that will think of us in return, help us with projects and visits and make special products for us.
So this week we had our second delivery from Nancarrow organic farm, who are doing us some good prices on beef as we are mainly taking it frozen. We’ve also got into a good rhythm with Cusgarne organic farm too, we are currently getting a weekly delivery of herbs, eggs, beetroot, carrots, kale and eating apples ( which is why you’ll see these things on the menu a lot). We’ll adjust this order as we go through the year, incorporating more of the stuff they grow there (it’s a little bit quiet on the vegetable front in Cornwall right now)
We are continuing to work with KernowSashimi , in the last few weeks they’ve provided us with whiting and pollock, which we collect from Falmouth Farmers Market on a Tuesday. Stones bakery made us our very own child sized saffron buns again last week for all the St Piran’s day celebrations. We are so very grateful for this – making 200 pasties was enough for us here in the kitchen that day, we were so excited when they showed up and we knew for sure we would have happy pupils! Most of our bread for the soup bar comes from them too, except for the occasional soda bread and pitta breads.
So there’s still a bit to work on on the supplier front, we need to improve our milk situation, probably with the aid of a Rodda’s milk machine and I still can’t find a local turkey supplier, but overall I think we’re doing pretty well!!
Until next time, Jess xx