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Couple of pics from the chilli farm...
We grow all our plants from seed. Here's some young plants in our main tunnel. The wooden struts hold bubblewrap which we bring down over the sides at night in case the temperature drops too much
Round 2 of Germination in the nursery tunnel
Carolina Reapers... this will be ready in time for our Open days and for the Devon Chilli Fiesta in May.
It's not all chillies. We are growing softfruits and lots of rhubarb this year
We are now shipping all plant packs.
Added lots of new varieties to the custom pack
Chilli Club main goodies have now shipped. We are gradually shipping back orders for plants starting with the Culinary Packs.
The super hots aren't ready yet - looking at the end of April still on these.
Super6. Contains 6 great tasting chillies and free liquid plant feed. Ready NOW
Some of our chilli seedlings : As of April 2014
- Is the Worlds Largest Chilli grown on Dartmoor???
More information here on this astonishing variety
3 New flavours of chilli chocolate which we will be releasing at the Exeter Food & Drink festival in April
Whilst I'm talking ... we now have International Shipping on the website.
3 New flavours of Special Edition chilli chocolates coming soon... to be released at the Exeter Food and Drink Festival in April.
Honeycomb, Toffee and Salted Peanut. The latter is our favourite!
Nice review on the Chillifiends website of our Dartmoor Devil and Demon Naga chocolate bars.
Also we have a new custom pack for chilli varieties.
Herb & Lemon Chilli Vinegar
A very versatile fresh tasting vinegar, great for livening up a ploughmans.
The chilli gives a little twist!
Ugly looking rip down the side of our main tunnel this morning. This constant wind and rain is causing numerous problems. Yesterday our propagation polytunnel filled up with about 6 inches of water. Not a good combination with the electric propagators!
We've patched it as best we can. Not a great time to run out of tunnel tape!
Chilli Wordsearch competition...
Win a chilli club membership or chilli chocolate.
We can now accept credit/debit card payments over the phone and at events thanks to Cardsave.
We also have a new landline number is you would like to call us or order.
Our telephone number is 01364 712095.
Hundreds of chillies in the propagators. Even the Reapers are coming up. We are currently putting them outside during the day (in the tunnels) for maximum light. In the evenings, they all have to come back inside as way too cold, even if trays are fleeced/wrapped.
Whilst the weather has been rotten outside, we have been improving the website. Lots of new product pictures. We hope you like the changes. We still have salts and spices to do.
Please note, we have removed Royal Mail from the delivery option due to several problems recently. All orders will now ship by courier.
Following the horrific news from the annual Dolphin and whale slaughter at Taiji in Japan, we have decided to support the magnificent Sea Shepherd in 2014 as our chosen charity.
We will have collecting tins on our stall + info about the organisation. We will hope to raise £1000 if we can this season.
There are simply some things are more important than chillies.
New post on projects page
Brushetta with tomato, red onion, chilli & basil salsa
Video reviews of the Dartmoor Demon are starting to appear.
Here's a couple... review of our choc starts from around 4 minutes in.
Two new stockists...
Gays Creamery, Dawlish
Quickes Farm Shop, Newton St Cyres
More information on the stockists page.
Plant packs now on website.
These wont be ready for quite some time. However we will only have limited stocks of some packs.
Happy New Year!!!
We've been working on our grow list for 2014.
Lots of favourites and some exciting new varieties.
Cherry Bomb Chocolate **NEW
Aji Red Lemon **NEW
Nepalese Snakebite **NEW
Jamaican Jerk **NEW
Ring of Fire
Habanero Paper Lantern
Habanero Fruitburst **NEW
Habanero Red Savina **NEW
Habanero Paper Lantern
Habanero 7 Pot
Naga Jolokia PC1
Bhut Jolokia Orange **NEW
Carolina Reaper **NEW
Still picking chillies!
Aji Lemons (We use them in the Chilli Marmalade)
Bengle Nagas (We use them in the Dynamite and Beast sauces)
Dartmoor Devil Superhot Edition and Dartmoor Demon now available.
The hottest natural chilli chocolate in the UK?? We think so..
A new blend of chillies and these pack one hell of a punch! (Dark & White chocolate)
New header image on the website... we will be changing it every week to promote Dartmoor. The place we live and love!
Combestone Tor is the one we use on our logo and all our products. The picture shows the view to the west. It is a pretty barren and formidable landsape.
It is a really easy to get to and situated near to the village of Holne on the South West tip of Dartmoor. Go a little further on and you get to Vennford Reservoir. A great place for walking the dogs!
It is also popular with letterboxers and rock climbers as well as picnickers not to mention the Dartmoor ponies and a heard of cattle that graze the pasture below the tor.
The tor and area around it were featured in the Hollywood movie Warhorse.
A little guide about overwintering your chilli plants.
The tor and area around it were featured in the Hollywood movie Warhorse.
Worth doing now before this happens!
See our overwintering guide here :
New post on Projects page...
Spiced Cranberry Sauce
It's that time of year so here's a nice seasonal recipe with a chilli twist. Don't make it too hot or you will overpower the rest of the ingredients. Works well with turkey or chicken but we use it to make cranberry brownies!
There is a new "Worlds Hottest Chilli"
Ed Currie from the Puckerbutt Pepper Company has been awarded the Guiness World
Record for the Worlds hottest chilli.
The variety is the CAROLINA REAPER and overtakes the previous record holder, the Trinidad Scorpion.
The Scoville rating on the reaper is 1,569,300 units.
To get this into context, the humble Jalapeno measures around 4000 scoville units.
We are one of Theo Paphitis SBS winners on Twitter this week. More information soon. It's very exciting... We have also hit the 6000 follower barrier which is amazing. Thankyou to each and every one of our followers!
We are working on a couple of new lines. Firstly our Orange & Lemon chilli marmalade should be back in the next week or so. People just kept asking for it! (which is nice to know). The chilli we use is Aji Lemon. Freshly picked here at the farm.
Chilli Fudge is back in stock and we have a limited run of Chilli Chocolate fudge (we will see how they go). I will have to hide it to stop you-know-who from eating it all :)
Phil has picked all the remaining Nagas. We ended up with over 80kg this year which is a record crop and that's just one variety. We are modifying Dartmoor Dragon and the new recipe will be 40% chilli. We are using Bengle Naga and Dorset Nagas in this sauce.
We are also working with a new chocolatier on an even hotter chilli chocolate. It's going to be a Dark Chocolate with 4% Naga. Trust us on this... there is no hotter natural chocolate. As for a name, we haven't yet decided. Suggestions more than welcome!
The ‘Real’ Red Ruby Farm Shop,
Tel 01363 84777
Having a major clearup in our tunnels. Removing old plants and preparing those which we want to overwinter. 1 tunnel down, 4 to go. Groan! We've made a large internal tent for the plants we want to keep. Whether we need to heat it or not with some plant pot candle heaters, remains to be seen. It depends how cold it gets!
The jungle in the pot plant tunnel - all dying off now as end of season.
Selecting which plants to overwinter and giving each a good prune!
Constructing an inner tend (unheated at the moment) to protect overwintered plants
Plants in their new home. We have 3 more tunnels to clear!
Still picking... this time Aji Lemon, Jalapeno, Bengal Naga, Dorset Naga, Ring of Fire
Picking Bengal Nagas this week
Cross section of Bengal Naga pod
Smoking chillies this week. Jamaican Red pods for our Smokey Onion Chutney and Jalapenos for our Hickory Smoked Chipotle Sauce.
Picking chillies today!
A few Nagas! We've still got about two thirds of the crop to pick (still a little green)
New recipe on Projects page
Hot Chilli Salsa
Free seed growing kit with all weborders!
(whilst stocks last)
Fresh Naga Packs now available (limited stocks only)
Also back in stock
* Cider & Jalapeno Chutney
* Naga Oil
Picking picking picking...
We are currently picking lots of Dorset Nagas and making sauces for the xmas market.
Ok, so it's not the 3rd yet. It will be tomorrow. Thanks for the patience of our customers. A week off and we are feeling ready for action again. Loads of chillies ripening in the tunnels!
All backorders placed in the last week will be going out on thursday.
New post on projects page..
Garlic, Chilli & Red Wine Vinegar (recipe)
Has been award to our Orange Chilli Chocolate
Dartmoor Dragon back in stock. Made with pineapples, mangoes and apples and combined with freshly picked Bengal Naga chillies, Habanero Paper Lantern and Naga Jolokia pc1 pods... and a dash of 6.4 million chilli extract!
Also delivery pricing rejigged with a new up to 500g band.
New post on projects page..
Growing in harmony with Nature (transcript of Phils talk at the recent Upton Cheyney chilli festival)
A couple of updates from the tunnels.
We are picking chillies now - just picked and posted a couple of kilos to the cheese maker (www.curworthycheese.co.uk). However most of our crop won't be picked until the end of September, depending on the weather.
***Cockup alert***Cockup Alert***Cockup Alert***Cockup alert***Cockup Alert***
If anyone has purchased some sweet chilli sauce from us at a Chilli event or market recently and the expiry date says 31-JULY-2013, it is incorrect. It should read 31-JULY-2014. This affects a batch of 60 bottles (batch no scs010) and we have found 47 of them so there are 13 in the ethos with the wrong expiry date.
This fault lies completely with Phil who printed the labels out incorrectly. As a result, he has been banned from the chilli fudge for a month!
Another chilli festival completed. This time it was the mighty West Dean nr Chichester.
We had a super weekend, so big thanks to all our visitors and customers. Our Blackcurrant sauce went down a storm.
Today it is back to the grind! We have lots of chillies to weed and general maintenance work around the nursery to keep on top of the brambles.
Site update : Please note, we have decided to scrap overseas shipments. We send very few anyway and tend to end up paying alot more than expected on the delivery costs. Our products are weighed here but we do not factor in boxes and packaging, so sometimes the post charges are more than the value of the order!
Back from an epic weekend at the Dorset Chilli Festival. The sun came out and people came out in their droves - making it one of our best events ever. The only downside is we now need to make more Blackcurrant sauce as it has practically all gone! Next weekend we have the mighty WESTDEAN CHILLI FIESTA near Chichester.
Bit of important gubbins regarding our payment options :
Due to the rising fees, we are discontinuing credit card payments through the credit card online merchant from the 31st August.
Paying £600 odd quid a year just to have the ability to take credit card payments is more than we can reasonably afford.
Our products are the same price they were last year. It seems our prices are the only things that don't go up!
Instead we will just be using Paypal which is just as good and alot easier to manage. This still has the ability to accept debit and credit card payments on a secure site.
Two new products...
Dartmoor Dragon Mk2 - The hottest product in our range
Blackcurrant Chilli Sauce - Now back for 2013. We have been picking blackcurrants at the nursery!
We have been doing lots of shows recently so sorry for the lack of updates.
Yesterday we were at Yealmpton Show near Plymouth and won this !!
Lots of events at the moment so we have been pretty busy out and about. Hopefully the weather will hold for a few more days. Lots of agricultural shows that were cancelled last year due to the terrible wet weather, are coming up at the end of July. Let us hope for better weather this year!
We also have some new curry spices for Korma, Tikka Massala, Rogan Josh, Tandoori, Balta, Biriyani, Garam Massala and Vindaloo.
Blackcurrant chilli sauce is also being made again this week. Hopefully should be ready in time for Dorset Chilli Festival at the start of August.
A little review of our Dartmoor Devil chocolate which we spotted online..
Couple of new pictures from the chilli farm of some of our plants .. (taken today)
Back from Chilli Festival North East and what an event. Good to see so many chilli enthusiasts in one place. We love the North East anyway so although it is 450 odd miles each way, we will continue to attend this festival in future. The people are so friendly aswell.
The winner of our competition for the signed Alan Shearer Newcastle Shirt was Tony Beck from North Shields.
As far as new products, we have a new sauce called Dartmoor Dragon which now sits at the top of the heat scale in our range.
Sweet Chilli sauce is soon to be discontinued and replaced with a new Tangy Tomato chilli ketchup. The remaining bottles of Sweet sauce are now on final clearance. It is a good product and it won a Taste of the west award but it needs updating. We keep getting asked for a ketchup, so this is the ideal time to make one. It will be provided in the larger 250ml bottles.
For customers still wanting a sweet sauce, we would recommend our Hot Peach Sauce which is one of our best sellers.
First chillies of the season starting to appear ...
New post on projects page - Chilli Toasties!
An ever popular snack at the nursery and so simple to make, these toasties are crunchy with a spicy flavour. It is sort of a home made modified cheese on toast crossed with an omelette! So simple to make, even Phil can do them.
Gearing up for the mighty Chilli Fest North East with some new flavoured oils. We have a Lemon, Thyme & Chilli Oil which should be ready in time.
We have also been making some diy bodge-it Hydroponic systems at a fraction of the cost of retail ones.
See here :
We estimate the cost around £7.50 per unit (holds 2 plants)
The plants in our tunnels which are sitting on these units are a darn sight bigger than the ones in the ground!
New stockist alert :
Occombe Farm Shop,
Preston Down Road,
Telephone: 01803 520022
Preparations for the Devon Chilli Fiesta are coming along nicely. We now have 10 chilli businesses from up and down the country who wish to exhibit. More information on the website below
Sorry for lack of updates. We have been busy planting up all the polytunnels. This year, we are concentrating on growing the varieties we use in our sauces and preserves. We have rows of Dorset Naga, Bengal Naga (New variety), Aji Lemon, Habanero Orange, Jalapeno, Jalapeno Orange (New Variety), Ring of Fire, Cayenne, Naga Jolokia, Bhut Jolokia.
In our compact tunnel we have Superchilli and Apache. We are also experimenting with some home made hydroponics. We are growing samples of the above plants in a water-based system to see how they compare to those chillies grown in the ground.
We have also purchased some tomato plants from a garden centre and they have aphids which is a pity. We have to isolate them away from our chillies. However this is a good experiment for us to see how natural remedies work against greenfly. We will be using rhubarb leaves to start followed by garlic. We will post the results online as soon as we know which natural remedy works best.
Added Overseas postage prices to website for European customers, USA/Australia/Canada/NZ and for BFPO Worldwide.
New Rosemary & Chilli Oil now available. We've been infusing this oil for 6 weeks. Perfect for drizzling over pasta dishes, salads and pizza.
See more here :
Any fellow Newcastle United Fans?
We will be running a very special competition for the North East Chilli Festival.
Win a framed Newcastle United Shirt, signed by NUFC legend Alan Shearer.
Hopefully the car won't break down this year and we can visit St James's Park!
Made with our entire crop of 2012 chillies, so limited to 48 numbered bottles.
Dartmoor Devil - superhot white chocolate has been given a revamp. We hope you like the new branding!!
We didn't win but it was great to be runners up. Another one for our collection.
We won't change our environmental ethos for anything!
New Rapeseed Oils now available - Piri Piri, Basil, Garlic.
New Seed Growing Kit now available - only £3.50
Our prices this season are actually cheaper than in 2007-2012 at £1.50 per plant, but everything else has dramatically risen in price, especially the cost of delivery, blisterpacks, packaging and paypal/cc fees.
Unfortunately this makes mail order plants uneconomical as we barely break even.
We will still be offering plants in numerous varieties at the markets and events we attend.
We recommend Kernow Chillies, Simpson Seeds and Seaspringplants.co.uk for customers looking for mail order plants
We've been up to RHS Rosemoor today and confirmed the date / location for the 1st Devon Chilli Fiesta. Hopefully the first of many!
We've added lots of pictures to our Facebook page here : (See RHS Album 48 pics)
The Devon Chilli Fiesta will be held at Rosemoor Gardens on Saturday 10th and Sunday 11th May 2014.
Rosemoor is a amazing place with lots of individual acclaimed gardens and thousands of plants.
It features an all - weather marquee for the chilli festival, proper parking and loads to do.
We aim to also have chilli talks and demonstrations, cookery demos, chilli sauce competitions, samga dancing and music, childrens entertainment... and loads more.
The cost will be just the entrance to RHS Rosemoor with NO additional charges. So if you are an RHS Member, it will be free to get in.
There will be a dedicated website in the next few months. We aim to have about 35 chilli companies from around the UK. So far we have had substantial interest across the board!
We have been looking for a while for the perfect venue for a chilli festival.
With RHS Rosemoor, we think we have found it.
No orders out today as we had an event in Plymouth. The remainder of backorders for plants are going out next Tuesday and Wednesday (Monday is bank holiday).
We have introduced a flat delivery rate of £4.95 to UK customers.
Tomorrow we are off to RHS Rosemoor to discuss plans for our chilli festival next year.
Another 50 orders out today. That's all we can ship this week - as we don't want our little plants sitting dying in sorting offices all weekend. Remainder of plant orders will go on tue/wed next week.
Posting out Fire & Spice 6 Packs today
Custom packs and 3 plant packs will go out soon. There is a limit to how many we can get out per day as packing, boxing and sorting out invoices/labels all takes time. Especially as there are just 2 of us now.
Plants are now shipping depending on variety.
First to ship are Culinary 6 pack, Tried and Trusted 6 pack and Chilli Club plants.
We have a big new stockist in Totnes. Annies Fruit Shop are supplying lots of our range including most of our sauces, chilli chocolate, chilli plants and a selection of our salts.
They specialise in local foods and fresh fruit and vegetables.
Plants are getting there! We estimate we will start sending backorders from the 29th April - depending on variety. Some of the hot packs may take a week or so longer. All orders will ship by courier.
Massive show for us this weekend.. We have the Exeter food and drink festival on Friday, Saturday and Sunday.
Lots of new products including our new selection of oils and chilli spices.