Producing top quality local food depends on a trusted network of local growers. Rootham is fortunate to buy raw ingredients from growers whose dedication to quality and fair dealing has made them a key element of our success. Here are just a few of our favorite growers.
When it comes to sourcing top quality asparagus and rhubarb, Rootham turns to Barrie’s Asparagus Farm in North Dumfries. Tim Barrie says he represents the fourth generation on the farm, which was started by his great-grandfather in 1892. Along with his wife Libby and their children, the Barrie family grow key ingredients for popular Rootham products such as Barrie’s Farm Asparagus Smokey Antipasto and Strawberry Rhubarb Preserve. Rootham products and Barrie’s Farm-branded product made by Rootham are sold from the Barrie’s year-round, on-farm market.
“It’s been a great experience working with Rootham.” says Tim Barrie, who has been supplying the company with produce for the past five or six years. “Our business is very family oriented and we want to have that same feeling when we work with others. Rootham is like that. It has that family farm feel to it.
“We have such a good relationship – always on the same page,” Barrie adds. “There’s a lot of trust, which is very important when you’re talking about food. Our relationship is as solid as it gets.”
To find out more about Barrie’s Farm and the products they create with Rootham, check out their website: http://www.barriesasparagus.com/ or like them on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/Barries-Asparagus-Farm-Country-Market
Paul and Elaine Lapadat play a key role in the Rootham product that started it all – Tangy Red Pepper Jelly. That’s because the Lapadats grow red peppers for Rootham on their Spruce Ridge Farm in Rodney, west of London. Although they are a relatively new provider to Rootham, Paul Lapadat says their farm and Rootham are a good fit. “We like to keep our business local and support others who provide local food,” he says. “That’s what make the world go round. We look forward to working with Rootham as one family business to another.”
The Lapadats are fans of Rootham products, too. “We use the red crimson hot sauce at home,” Paul adds. “I love it because I like a little bit of heat.”
To find out more about the Lapadat’s farming operation, like them on Facebook at: https://www.facebook.com/pg/Spruce-Ridge-Farm or visit them at the St. Jacobs Farmers Market during the growing season.