21/12/2020 // Nick Edwards

Local is where the heart is

In recent years, Saffron Walden and its surrounding area has enjoyed a surge in new, independent stores supplying delicious, high quality goods, many of them grown or made right here in the heart of the Saffron region. But what is it about shopping local that feels so good? And why is it important for us to partner with local businesses to sell our wines?

Saffron Grange’s Nick Edwards talks about why supporting local businesses and people is right at the heart of our philosophy.

Why are local suppliers important to Saffron Grange?

From day one, we wanted to invest in our community. Supporting local suppliers – local shops, run by local people – has always been central to our values. As we move into our third year in business, we are very proud to be stocked in some stand-out local businesses, who have a real talent for sourcing a delectable array of produce, many made right on our doorstep.

We partner with suppliers who share our values. They value quality goods, understand the importance of provenance and the story behind the products they sell, and they build strong relationships with customers – often going that extra mile to make someone’s day!

What is some of your favourite local produce?

There is so much great choice in the Saffron region! From Hill St’s indulgent chocolates and Mini Miss Bread’s divine freshly-baked sourdough loafs, to the Saffron Fish Co.’s exquisite smoked salmon, we feel very spoilt and lucky to live here. A recent discovery of mine has been the exceptional Cambridge-based Rennet & Rind. Their English cheeses pair perfectly with our wines – we loved them so much we created a limited edition gift package for Christmas and have some exciting plans with them for next year.

Do you have plans to be stocked in more local suppliers next year?

We are always looking to add new local suppliers who share our values and will be announcing new stockists in the Spring. We look forward to offering our customers even more opportunities to purchase a bottle or two of Saffron Grange whilst doing their shopping locally. Watch this space!

Why do you think people should shop local?

Local artisan skills in this area are second to none. We have such a wonderful array of amazing local products, why wouldn’t you? Now more than ever, it is important to support the local producers – they are the beating heart of our communities and local economy. We are certainly looking forward to a locally-sourced Christmas this year!

How important is it for you to have a presence in the Saffron Walden market?

We were delighted when we were granted a license to trade in our town’s market. Having a stall there you get such a strong sense of community – it’s marvellous to see people connecting with local businesses and sampling all the delights on offer. We love having the opportunity to talk with locals, answer questions about our wines, the vineyard and generally feel a part of the hustle and bustle!

We’re there the first Saturday of every month in 2021, so please drop by for a chat with our friendly team and try our wines.

Where can I find out more about local Saffron Grange stockists?

Currently, you can purchase Saffron Grange by the bottle in The Gog Farm Shop, Thorne WinesProvenance Kitchen, Grape Britannia, Case Solved, Elizabeth Rose Wines amongst others. You can also order by the glass or bottle at the Old Bridge Hotel, Huntingdon, Elder Street Cafe, and at Duxford Lodge.

Next year, we are planning to spotlight our local suppliers, so give us a follow on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter to hear more about our partners and why we love working with them!