WHO WE WORK WITH
At Smallford Farm Shop we work with a unique selection of brands and products made by passionate producers.
Local where possible but always best in class.
Frank Cannatella and Salvatore Colletti became friends when they both came to the UK from their native Sicily in 1959 to find work. Inspired by their parents, they started growing cucumbers and then tomatoes and peppers from their own nurseries in Essex. The Smallford nursery was purchased in 1977, joining their businesses together. Now in its second generation, the business continues to grow many different and specialised varieties of tomatoes, cucumbers and peppers, and more recently aubergines and chillies.
Picked less than 100m away from Smallford Farm Shop, your salad has never been fresher!
Located just 4 miles from Smallford Farm Shop, the family run Hedges Farm has been growing by the generation, with a long history of butchers shops alongside the farm. They aim to rear livestock as naturally as possible with the sheep at grass all year round and prized cattle spending at least 75% of the year outside, before coming in for winter to their home produced feed, all harvested by the family here in St Albans! All Hedges Farm beef is Hereford and Aberdeen Angus cross producing award winning steaks as well as the cattle being pampered and winning at local and national shows through the summer.
Newton & Pott
Newton & Pott are homemade chutneys, jams and preserves made in a London based kitchen in Hackney. All their ingredients are fresh and natural and they take pride in practicing the artisan methods of yesteryear, but combining interesting and creative flavours, sometimes with an exotic twist.
Preserving and longevity is close to their hearts, and the aim at Newton & Pott is to adopt this ecological awareness and adapt it to our modern hectic lives. By taking seasonal fruits and vegetables, they endeavour to make them last longer with the humble approach of ‘waste not, want not’.
The Newton & Pott range changes with the seasons and the availability of good produce, using British where possible, but also exploring exotic fruits such as feijoas and tamarillos which are imported from an ethical source.
Cannatella & Colletti
Inspired by traditional Italian recipes and the food they love to eat, these authentic gourmet sauces are made with freshly harvested premium produce grown at Smallford nursery.
Carefully nurtured from seed to jar, these delicious tomatoes and peppers are vine ripened and bursting with sweetness and intense flavour. Combined with a variety of other simple ingredients, these speciality sauces are 100% natural with no additives or preservatives. They are delicious as dips, served with toasted bread and crostini, and incorporated into tapas or antipasti starters. They are also fantastic stirred through pasta or served with meat and fish to enhance the flavour of a main course.
Cannatella & Colletti sauces will be available to purchase at Smallford Farm Shop and will be used in the kitchen to produce meals for the café.
Small batch, unpasteurised vinegars from premium wines, ciders, sakes and beers with the intention of capturing the unique essence of each liquid they are fermented from. Because these Cult Vinegars are unpasteurised, they have the added benefit of being full of aceto-bacter microbes which many people claim are good for their gut and wellbeing.
Photography: Lesley Lau
THE PISHED FISH
A Pished Fish (noun): A fillet of salmon that has been cured with high quality alcohol and botanicals and smoked in small batches over wood; A mischievous, charming dinner guest who livens up any social occasion; A rapscallion;
Carefully sourced and perfectly cured, with the highest quality woodchips used for smoking.
Founded in January 2017, Twist Teas set about to create a range of the finest whole leaf teas, herbs and fruits, blended to delight taste buds and make people smile. They are full of little surprises making them different.
The Twist team believe that there’s nothing like a cup of tea to lift the spirits and raise a smile, whether drunk alone or in a group, out and about or in the comforts of your own home.
Whether you need something to get you started, boost your energy or help you sleep, whether you want a guilt-free treat without calories for yourself or a healthy drink for the children, try tea with a Twist.
SEVEN SEEDED ARTISAN BAKERY
Based in Watford, Seven Seeded Artisan Bakery are a quality driven bakery, hand-making a range of breads and pastries. With over 100 years of experience between them and using only the finest ingredients from small artisan producers, their doughs are fermented over a long period to allow for maximum flavour, crumb, crust and shelf-life.