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Stefano’s Corner PT 1

A few words from our MD as we approach the end of April… and the heart of spring!

Kent is truly the Garden of England and no more so than now. Our weekend family walk took me through ancient woodlands carpeted in bluebells and the scent was something else. I wait for spring, heavy with expectation, and it never lets me down! This year it seems to be brighter, more sensual and more invigorating than ever…

Faversham strawberries are back and their sweet flavour & firm texture is incomparable. Asparagus is here from Sevenscore in Thanet, which has to be the ‘pin up veg’ of spring, and this week the great treat that is the first crop of new potatoes rolls in. For me, the humble potato becomes the star on the plate… soft, creamy and fresh… and it fills me with joy as I think of all that has happened to get it to my kitchen. And my word does it taste good smothered in Jane’s butter from the Cheesemaker’s of Canterbury!

What we see at Macknade is a true love of food, for fantastic produce and its story… the unfettered smile on a customer’s face as they select their choice spears for their evening supper. This is a treat that I recognise, and I taste Kent in every bite of asparagus at this time of year… it fills me with warmth!

For many, there is now time to cook, to experiment and to fall in love with top notch produce. This is not just for how good it tastes, and how much fun can be had cooking together in the kitchen, but for the provenance and stories that sit behind it.

My family and I have always been surrounded by wonderful produce – growing it, working with it, sharing it & cooking it – and it has been at the centre of our world. For me, more than ever, I want to shout about the importance of top notch fruit and veg, how it can make us feel and how true joy can be found…in a potato!!

Our Faversham Food Hall remains open for shopping with strong systems in place to make it safe. As we look to the future, we are putting in motion plans to be able to reopen Ashford for retail as soon as we can. We know how important safe grocery shopping is – for our customers, for our suppliers & for our team – and for those who cannot get to us, we are making sure we can get to you!

Our deliveries go from strength to strength, and it is crazy seeing how our once bustling café has been converted to a busy delivery hub!!! The team are amazing and through their efforts our routes are extending weekly and the process is getting easier for you to navigate. Our aim… to get fresh Kentish asparagus to everyone, and the power of the new season potato to one and all!!

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