We've been making some changes to the website today. Updating product descriptions and new pictures. We've also reset the design as some of our visitors were having problems with the new design on tablets and smartphones. The original (current) site was easier to navigate although alot simpler. We are aware it's not so groovy now but it does the job and if everyone can easily navigate around the site, then all the better!
We've been busy this week picking all our blackcurrants. We've picked over 100 kg now and they will be used to make our blackcurrant chilli sauce and are a key ingredient in our chilli jam.
ANOTHER NEW STOCKIST!!
Pick of the Crop in St Marychurch will be offering a range of our chilli sauces and chocolate from tomorrow (12th July)
PICK OF THE CROP
58 Fore St,
Hours: 9am to 5pm
Phone: 01803 313463
NEW STOCKIST ALERT
We have a new stockist in Copplestone, near Crediton.
The ‘Real’ Red Ruby Farm Shop
More info here : https://www.redrubydevonbeef.co.uk
Open 9:30 to 5:30
Wednesday - Saturday
Shop: 01363 84777
House: 01363 84217
New chilli chocolate gift pack now available
TWITTER COMPETITION - this competition is exclusive to Twitter, so only enter from there :-)
WIN A HAMPER OF OUR CHILLI GOODIES worth £45... Just tweet us your guess. How many NAGA chillies did we pick at the farm in 2017.... closest answer wins. (Yes, we counted them!) Competition runs until 9am tomorrow ie Friday 6th July.
#win #competition #chillies
Here's an idea of a days worth....
THE WINNER WAS CHRIS HOLMES. THE ANSWER WAS 33500.
Here is Kay hard at work in the kitchen. Not only has she made almost 400 bottles of Dragon this morning, she has also capped and labelled them.
300 Jars of Smoky onion chutney made and it's not even 9am. It is made with our smoked Jamaican red chillies. We also smoke the onions and it is great on a hot dog or bbq.
Ultimate Heat Gift Pack now available
We have no need to email everyone as we no longer operate the newsletter. If you wish to stay up to date with our products - please follow our Twitter feed @dartmoorchilli or check this page
Chilli Hamper now available
Just booking events for 2018. Please check out the markets page for more info. We are concentrating on the smaller events this year as we want to keep our prices competitive. We looked at doing the county show but decided £500 for a pitch was too expensive. That's a truckload of chilli sauce before we break even. Instead you can find us at Chagford Show and hopefully Okehampton Show.
Back in stock after a 4 year absence! Dartmoor Devil. The Demon's evil sibling. This is a white chocolate bar with an almightly kick!
Now available here :
NEW STOCKIST ALERT
From Friday 16th March. the amazing Greendale Farm Shop near Exeter will be supplying a range of our chilli sauces and chocolate.
Greendale is a really big farm shop on the Exeter to Sidmouth road on the right hand side just past Westpoint Arena. It has a lovely cafe and serves a great cream tea !
NEW STOCKIST ALERT
From Friday 16th March. the wonderful CREBERS DELICATESSEN in Tavistock will be supplying a range of our chilli sauces and chocolate.
Find them in Brook Street, right in the middle of the town.
Our free seeds offer has come to an end. However we will be offering a free bar of chilli chocolate on all web orders until the end of the month.
Just recovering from the snow. Yes we finally got some and because the council don't grit our hill, we were snowed in for several days which was nice.
Here's a pic of the recent snow. Good luck driving along our lane You can't have too many snow pictures.
We have also been germinating our chillies. Some varieties take no time at all to pop and others take many weeks. Here's a pic of some little Habanero Fatali seedlings which have just germinated.
We start them in Vitapod (unheated) propagators. We germinate them all indoors and when they are big enough they go outside during the day and we bring them back in at night. It's still a little cold outside for such delicate seedlings - even if we fleece/bubblewrap them.
Once we've got past the frosty nights and the chillies have reached a decent enough size, they will then stay in the tunnels overnight. We always cover them over at night because of any lingering cold plus the re-emergence of slugs and snails. These are your chilli seedlings worst enemy. Vitapods are good as they have proper lids and there is no way to get to the seedlings inside.
This year we are cutting down on the varieties we are growing. However this means we should have alot more fresh pods at the end of the season.
We do need to do some emergency remedial work on 3 of our tunnels. The winter has battered them quite badly.
A month since our last update. The weeks have just flown by.
We've been sowing seeds for the 2018 season. This year we will be growing mostly superhots. We are cutting down the varieties this year as we have slightly less growing space for chillies. We had a bumper crop in 2017 so the freezers are full of pods and we have also dried a record number of pods this winter.
We have also been busy with maintenance and repairs around the farm. 3 of our tunnels need large repairs but we are still waiting for a non windy day! The joy of living on a hill i guess. However we've been tiling the floor of our germination room which has taken ages.
Also couple of product updates.... our chilli fudge is coming back in March/April. We are using a new fudge maker but to the traditional tablet recipe and it will be made with Carolina Reaper chillies - so it'll be hot hot hot!
We are also bringing back our infamous white naga chocolate... The Dartmoor Devil also at the end of March.
Picked the last pods in the tunnels today and therefore tomorrow works starts on the new season.
First job will be emptying all the polytunnels and preparing the ground. The recent frosts have killed off all the existing plants with the exception of a few of the Aji's. A variety that we've overwintered successfully in the past.
The chillies below are Dorset and Bengle Nagas. These are destined for Phil's curry night!
Couple of early events on the markets page. On the 4th February Phil will be up at Frome for the Vegan Festival and on the following Saturday, we have a new coffee & food event at Buckfast Abbey. We hope to see you there.
We apologise for the site problems. It is due to our ISP doing something with their servers and beyond our control. Hopefully the problems should be resolved soon. (All sorted now 3pm 28/12)
We've been busy with markets. 8 in a row. Phew.
Today we are back at the nursery doing web orders. All orders upgraded to courier delivery.
The free chocolate offer continues until Christmas Day.
We've also been working on the website so it's easier to navigate.
Made 400 bottles of Destroyer Sauce. This latest batch is now even hotter. The base chilli is Reaper but we've also added alot more Habanero Fatali, Habanero Paper Lantern. All fresh chillies grown and picked here at the farm.
We have swapped our website back to the original design as we feel it is easier to navigate. We realise it's not an "all singing and dancing affair" but simple design combined with a good shopping cart system, means we can keep our product prices very competitive.
At the Animal Aid Christmas fair on Saturday we raised over £140 for the Fleecehaven Sheep Sanctuary. A big thankyou to all our customers.
NEW STOCKIST ALERT
Ann-Marie Barker & Debbie Cornish
It's treat o'clock
5 Wolborough Street
A brand new shop offering sweet and savoury gifts.
They are located by the Clock Tower in Newton Abbot (also opposite Austin's toy shop).
Please note our postcode has changed. Half our deliveries go to our neighbours and if we ever open to the public, having the old postcode would cause no end of problems. Therefore to keep our neighbours happy, we've changed our postcode.
Our new postcode effective immediately is TQ13 7FP (rather than the old 7HG).
Everything else is the same.
Events page updated - some new Christmas events for November and December.
More information here :
In the post today.. which was nice.
Some NAGA's picked today..
We also won a Silver Award on our Blackcurrant chilli sauce at the Devon Food Awards 2017.
A full list of winners can be found here :
Todays crop! This starts our silly season...
Ready to be sorted, quality control and de-stemmed
Two exciting bits of news....
1) We won best UK Chilli Grower at the National Chilli Awards 2017. Apparently it was because of our ethos, method of growing and our customer service which all scored highly with the judges. Very nice to win, especially as we didn't actually enter. We were nominated.
The judges comments were as follows "I nominated your business because of the fact that: - you grow 100+ varieties, green - off grid & herbicide/ fungicide free, you have a projects page with things to do / helpful advice for the would be grower, you have a huge database of info on varieties, again useful for the would be grower. So although you may not be as big as others, or have been present at the festivals this year, quantity & marketing presence aren't everything..."
2) Last night we won GOLD at the Food and Drink Devon Awards 2017 for our best selling DARTMOOR GOBLIN smoky garlic chilli sauce
We have removed older features than October 2017.
We realised the news items went back over 5 years. It was seriously slowing down the website loading!