Powderham Food Festival was brilliant and we loved meeting all the visitors to our stall. It was nice to be back in Exeter following the August closure of our little chilli shop in the city.
We supplied the chillies for the chilli eating competition held by the wonderful chaps at the Clifton Chilli Club.
Here's the video from the saturday. Caution: Vomit alert! (sorry)
HoneyComb chilli chocolate due in tomorrow!
We have re-jigged the Chilli growing kit and now it's even better. Not only is it £1.50 cheaper, but we've changed some of the contents. You now get a Chilli Focus specialist feed and also we now include 6 packets of seeds (20 seeds per pack, total 120 seeds).
The chillies seeds contained are as follows : * Large Red Cherry * Jalapeno Early * Hungarian Hot Wax * Cayenne Orange * Scotch Bonnet Yellow * Habanero Red
Back to doing events.. BONUS EVENT We will be at Abbfest this weekend (19th and 20th September)
Last day in the shop today and then we are back to being full time chilli farmers.
We will miss the regular customers and the chilli banter and the ability to be able to stock (and sample) some of the best chilli products in tthhe UK. We wont miss the lack of footfall. Give us a market anyday! Oh and the 2 hour commute to Exeter and back each day. The shop was an experiment which unfortunately didn't work. The long term plan is to try and open the farm or at least have some open days. These means going through planning again, so it wont happen in 2015. A long term project. We would like to thank all the visitors to the shop and especially our regular customers. We will be back in Exeter in September for the Powderham food festival and we have several xmas events lined up in the city.
We are now picking chillies
View from our middle tunnel
Fresno pods starting to ripen
Hungarian Hot Wax - a good variety for stuffing
Picking Padrons for customer shop orders
We won 2 rosettes at Dorset Chilli Festival in the producers sauce competition. 1st for our unique Blackcurrant sauce and 2nd for our Firecracker Hot sauce
New labels on our sauces bringing them in line with the Beast and Dynamite
We are now offering the brilliant Organic Growth Enhancer from Shropshire Seaweed which we use on our chilli plants at the nursery.
Unfortunately we've had to remove CardSave from the web as the costs are too much for a micro business such as ourselves. We still accept Paypal for online orders. This is a secure and convenient payment service for web sales. Alternatively you can order via phone on 01392 434665 or 07515 676036
On a plus point, we've change the standard delivery charge to just £3.95 per order. All orders ship via Royal Mail Recorded or APC Courier.
Sorry for the lack of updates. We've been a bit busy pricking out and potting on seedlings!
Meanwhile here is a voucher that can be used online at the Pepper Pod chilli shops website : THEPEPPERPOD (Shop online at www.thepepperpod.co.uk) Redeem on the shopping cart and get 10% off your order. All our products are available online plus a range of amazing products from other UK producers.
Germination has begun for 2015 season. We use Vitapods from Greenhouse Sensation which are the best propagators in our opinion and used by lots of other growers including Upton Cheyney, Wiltshire Chilli Farm and Matt Simpson.
We germinate in 3 rounds with each cycle having about 3000 seedlings. We start with the hotter varieties first as they take longer to germinate and grow to a podding size. In the pictures we have Bonnets, Habaneros and Nagas.
20% OFF WEB ORDERS UNTIL 31/1/15 JUST USE DISCOUNT CODE AARDVARK WHEN ASKED ON THE SHOPPING CART.
We are beginning the odious task of clearing the tunnels and composting last years chilli plants. We would love to overwinter them but our tunnels are not heated and are very susceptible to the english winter! One tunnel down, 4 more to go. It's not a fun job. The old plants have be pulled up and composted. Then the mipex comes up before rotovating and adding rotted manure. Finally the mipex and underground feeders go back in, ready for the plants to go into the ground around May.
We are working on a grow list for 2015. More information soon!
Chilli Grow and Quad Grow hydroponic systems have arrived from Greenhouse Sensation and are available in store. These are brilliant bits of kit. We use them to grow large specimen plants for chilli shows - when we want a stunning looking plant to decorate our table. Quadgrows are also used by our pals at the Upton Cheyney chilli farm and Matt Simpson from Simpson Seeds.
We have also teamed up with Premier seeds to offer a range of chilli seeds from just £1.25 per packet which we think is very competitive.
It's the end of another season. We've had a super crop this year. We had lots of new varieties this season and with the exception of one variety, we have had a bumper crop... especially Red Moruga Scorpion chillies of which we picked around 40kg in total.
In 2015, we'll be using all 5 polytunnels solely for chillies. Our tomatoes will be going outside under cloches. Sweet Peppers, we won't be growing this year. Too many got decimated by slugs and snails!
Our plans for 2015 will be to get back to our core market which is chilli plants. We should have chilli plants available in the shop from around the 1st week of March.
Please note, we are NO longer on Facebook. We were sick of the constant adverts and people trying to sell us things. All future updates and special offers will be announced here on the website and on Twitter (our twitter id is www.twitter.com/DartmoorChilli
We were at the Big Food Show in Exeter this weekend. The Hairy Bikers used our chipotle chillies in their food demonstration to a packed audience. Our fresh chillies were also used by numerous chefs in their recipes throughout the weekend.
Also we are making a couple of Pure chilli sauces using fresh pods from the tunnels. First off... Habanero Paper Lantern sauce and then in a couple of weeks, we will have a special Aji Lemon sauce as the pods ripen.
Less than 3 weeks until we open our shop!! Exciting!!
We have a limited number mail order plants now available in the Extreme Varieties. These will be shipping in 9cm pots so they are larger than our other plants.
__________________________________________________________ 11th June
One new product... Lemon Thyme Infused Cold Pressed Chilli Oil and one reintroduced! Hot Strawberry Jam now back in stock!
__________________________________________________________ 28th May
Sorry for the lack of updates. We've had lots of shows recently and have also started planting up in the polytunnels. As well as chillies, we hope to also grow all the tomatoes this year which we use in lots of our sauces.
The shop in Exeter is progressing well. Now the main shows have finished for now, we will be concentrating on kitting it out. The shop units are now mostly in and we are working on what exactly to supply! We will be concentrating on UK chilli producers rather than imported sauces. The website for the shop is www.thepepperpod.co.uk
__________________________________________________________ 11th May
Thanks to all the amazing customers, stallholders, speakers, helpers and cooks at the Devon Chilli Fiesta this weekend. As a first event we thought it was very busy despite the weather trying its best to ruin the weekend! We've uploaded pictures to the facebook page here :
Open days... We have had to remove the open days from the website. After speaking with several planning experts these are going to cause "issues" with the national park. Our temporary permission to live on our land expires in October this year and having open days could cause even more planning problems with an authority who has been anti-everything we have done so far. All open day tickets will be refunded in full and we will donate the money that the tickets had cost to the SeaShepherd organisation. In July we will be opening our new shop in Exeter. We will have our complete range of products available in the shop plus plants, seeds, fresh pods (when in season) etc. We will be stocking products from other chilli producers such as Bims Kitchen, Wiltshire Chilli Farm, Grim Reaper and Cambridge Chilli Sauce Co to name but a few. We hope people that have booked an open day, will come to the shop instead.
Phil and Kay
_______________________________________________________ 8th May
We will be opening a brand new specialist chilli shop in Exeter called "The Pepper Pod" in July 2014. The location of the store is in McCoys Arcade on Fore Street right opposite Mansons Guitars. We will be offering all things chilli from chilli sauces, chilli chocolate, chilli preserves, chilli fudge, chilli books, chilli pottery, chilli plants, chilli seeds and much more. We will be offering a range of chilli products from a variety of amazing UK producers!
More information soon!
_____________________________________________________ 7th May
Hope you all like the label for our new charity sauce... we are launching it at the Devon Chilli Fiesta this weekend.
We are beta testing Cardsave payments on the website. We should have this facility for online payments up and running by the end of the month. In the meantime we accept credit debit cards by Paypal or directly over the phone.
New post on projects page...
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!
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.
19th January 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.
Happy New Year!!! We've been working on our grow list for 2014.
Lots of favourites and some exciting new varieties.
Mild Black Hungarian Bulgarian Carrot Little Elf Padron Cherry Bomb Cherry Bomb Chocolate **NEW Chilli Chilli Jalapeno Orange Serenade **NEW
Medium Fairy Lights Super Chilli Jalapeno Early Cayenne Thick Aji Red Lemon **NEW Nepalese Snakebite **NEW
Hot Cobra Apache Bangalore Torpedo Firecracker Jamaican Red Jamaican Yellow Jamaican Jerk **NEW Numex Twilight Aji Lemon Ring of Fire Thai Hot Devils Tongue
Extreme Habanero Paper Lantern Habanero Orange Habanero Fatali Habanero Fruitburst **NEW Habanero Red Savina **NEW Habanero Paper Lantern Habanero Chocolate Habanero 7 Pot Naga Jolokia PC1 Bhut Jolokia Orange **NEW Dorset Naga Bengal Naga 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) 12th December
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.
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! http://www.dartmoorchillifarm.com/storepage1173285.aspx
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.
Stop Press... 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,
Clannaborough Barton Crediton Devon EX17 6DA. 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 from frost.
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)
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.
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)
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.
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.
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.
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 http://www.devonchillifiesta.co.uk
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.
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!
New sauce - Habanero Paper Lantern Limited Edition, 48 bottles only.
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
Now all backorders have been sent, we have decided to stop offering mail order plants. 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) https://www.facebook.com/DartmoorChilliFarm
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.
Our sauces and oils have all been rebranded with new labels. We think it makes the products more professional looking and our stockists have given very positive feedback. The next product to get a make over will be the Dartmoor Devil.
Due to poor weather (ie no spring!) we have made a decision to delay sending our chilli plants until at least the end of April. If this is a problem for customers, we will of course offer a full refund. Last March, the weather was lovely but in 2013, the average daily temperature was 4 degrees which is not conducive to growth of chilli plants.
This will be the last year we will be offering mail order plants. The huge increase in Postal costs has effectively killed off any profit. It used to cost £4.85 to send a box. The same box now costs £8.00. Thanks Royal Mail! Our plants were £10 including free delivery, but if delivery costs are now going to be £8.00, it is simply not worth doing them. We will honour all orders placed so far, but we have removed the ability to place orders online for plants until we work out what we are going to do. Collect+ is an option but it is not a next day service and therefore not much use for plant orders.
We are looking at APC Couriers and will have an update on this in the next week or so. At this moment in time, it looks like we will be using APC for everything but we are just finalising quantities.
We have a new stockist in Merrivale.... Merrivale Stores. We will post information + photos about them as soon as we have received them. We also have a new stockist in Newton Abbot and another in Wigan. More details on all 3 in the next day or so.
New postage rules due to Royal Mail price increase. We have decided to ditch Royal Mail and post pretty much all orders by courier.
Website is back running again! Phew.
There is a problem with the website in the fact that products are not displaying. We are aware of it and have contacted the cart provider. Hopefully this should be resolved soon. Typically it has happened today just at the start of the Easter holiday!!
Nice review of our Dartmoor Devil from the Clifton Chilli Club