Over the years I have sourced my Seville Oranges from a number of places, but have found Mark (of Mark’s Greengrocers in Brandon) can find me the best quality oranges during this short 4-6 week season.
Where possible I will only use Silver Spoon Sugar, as this is both grown and made in East Anglia. They have recently started to expand their range to include more specialist sugars, which are used in my Chutneys.
All my vinegars come from Aspall’s Vinegar based in Suffolk. A local business which uses it's own fruit and wine to make these fabulous clear vinegars.
During Rhubarb season (from March – June) I have in the past sourced this amazing vegetable from my parents garden in Suffolk. Unfortunately, they have now moved so I have managed to obtain my Rhubarb from lovely friends and contacts in Exning, Burwell & Swaffham Bulbeck. 2018 saw the first ever batch of Nikki's Own Rhubarb Jam, but it only made 6 jars!
When I can’t obtain fruit or vegetables from friends or family I try to source them from local greengrocers or growers. During late summer and early autumn I can be found parked in the hedgerows across the local area picking fruit in all varieties, from Hawthorn Berries (which make a stunning fruity ketchup) to Elderberries and Sloes. Using the best of what the English Countryside has to offer.
In recent years I have obtained my cooking apples from the Prospect Trust at Snakehall Farm, Reach and from one of their neighbours in Swaffham Prior who has 17 trees and didn’t know what to do with them! And more recently a friend in Burwell who has a small holding. I am always happy to help people out if they have a glut of fruit and will even come and pick it myself.
My mid season strawberries come from Lidgate Pick Your Own Farm, in Isleham Cambridgeshire and are stunning.