A farm shop has teamed up with a caterer to make ethical ready meals.
Roots Farm Shop in East Rounton, near Yarm, is selling cottage and vegetables pies, lasagne and a host of other healthy ready meals, produced by Figs Catering, based just up the road in West Rounton.
The meals are made using locally reared meat that’s butchered at the Roots Farm Shop. The other ingredients are also sourced locally.
Even the packaging has been designed by upcoming textile designer Fiona Bennett, 22, from Hutton Rudby, and is made in Thornaby, Middlesbrough.
This means the whole process of creating the ready meals from animal to butchering, preparation and packing is a local affair.
Katherine Brown, manager of Roots Farm Shop, says: “We’re really excited to be working with both an upcoming designer and an established catering business in creating the new finished ready meals with their lovely packaging.
“With these pre-prepared meals we think that we’re bridging the gap between ethical and convenience food.
“When you buy the meals you know that the meat has been locally reared, the animals are slaughtered by a reputable slaughter house in Sutton under Forrest and handled by our butcher Darren and his team, and finally prepared by Nicola Calder of Figs Catering.
“It’s fully traceable, which can’t be said of ready meals bought in a supermarket.”
Nicola has been in catering for more than 30 years. “I get my ingredients as close to me as possible. My tomatoes are from Stokesley, my eggs and milk are from farmers nearby and my herbs are from Thirsk.
“Katherine at Roots and I feel the same way about local produce so it’s a great partnership.”