Essence Foods

Essence Foods

Jam maker Sarah Savage is delighted with her new home on a farm in mid Norfolk managed by Targetfollow Estates, where business is booming!

Sarah Savage produces the highly popular - and delicious - Essence range of preserves and chutneys. She has run the company since 2005 and now creates 19 different products, including a new range of infused sugars.

The goodies include, among others, a Norfolk Sweet Pickle, a Raspberry and Mint Jam, an Apple Chutney and a Strawberry and Rose Jam. Sarah says: 'The most popular products are the ones with lavender in, such as our Blueberry and Lavender Jam, although our Mango Chutney went like gold dust!'

Her naturally infused sugars, introduced last year, include a vanilla one and a rose one and for those that like a real treat, Sarah also produces a Chocolate Sparkle Dust for say the top of a hot chocolate, and a Flicker of Firelight Sugar, with cinnamon and orange for perhaps the top of an apple pie. Mouth watering yet?

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Norfolk born Sarah moved into one of the barns, newly renovated by Targetfollow, at Salle Moor Farm, near Reepham, in April and couldn't be happier.

She says: 'It is a lovely spot and I needed somewhere bigger, to increase my production so the business could go to the next step. And I appreciate having other businesses around me; we all look out for each other and get on very well. For example, if a delivery arrives and someone isn't there, we all help each other.'

As you'd expect from this budding entrepreneur, Sarah has plenty of plans. 'We have ideas for a new range of products next year and I'd like to look to use produce grown in the polytunnels here. They are been refurbished and will hopefully be up and running before too long.'

Sarah is also considering running cookery courses. 'I am thinking about say an autumnal bottling one and maybe something for Christmas - where you can make your own pud or cake. It is such a wonderful setting here, it would be nice to share it.'

Essence jams and chutneys are stocked in seven Waitrose stores in the region, including Wymondham, Swaffham, North Walsham, Ely and Newmarket. The infused sugars can be found at Bintree Farm Shop and Bawdeswell Garden Centre. Sarah also attends farmers' markets and is looking forward to the Norfolk Food and Drink Festival which starts later this month. 'It is a mad time but really enjoyable,' she laughs.


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