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Featured Member: Bunnylove - Maria Le Lere

Date: 26/06/2017

Bunnylove started as a hobby in 2015 when Maria taught herself to crochet. After expanding her skills to include further crafts through the internet and arts and crafts books Maria decided to launch Bunnylove in 2016 and start selling her products.     Keen to support local charities, Maria donates …

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Featured Member: The White Shell Co

Date: 19/06/2017

Artist Aran specialises in unique sea inspired sculptures. He salvages driftwood for sculptures, artwork and home accessories and decorates his designs with scallop and beach shells and other unique and interesting pieces that he scours from the local beaches.    A passion for Jersey’s beaches and t…

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Featured Member: Alan Jeffries

Date: 10/06/2017

After working in accountancy for over 40 years Alan’s transition to being a published children’s author started with telling bedtime stories to his grandson Bertie.  Seeing how much his grandson loved the stories Alan decided to write them down and asked family friend Molly Hall to create illustrati…

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Featured Member: Sea View Kitchen

Date: 04/06/2017

After learning to make traditional French jam as a child, Sandrine understands the importance of using fresh ingredients and cooking by hand. When she moved to Jersey over 25 years ago, she was amazed at the fresh produce grown locally in the Island.    It was while helping to organise a school fund…

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Genuine Jersey Royal Potato Growing Competition

Date: 25/05/2017

The results are in for the 11th Genuine Jersey Royal Potato Growing Competition. The Challenge is to see who can grow the heaviest crop and highest yield of the Island's world-renowned potato. Schools also get to learn about the health-giving properties of a balanced diet based on fresh local produc…

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Featured Member: Pebble.Love

Date: 06/02/2017

Pebble.Love is a new and previously unseen art venture in Jersey. Michelle Noel chanced upon her artistic talent after a summer beach afternoon turned into an arts and crafts evening. They make bespoke portraits using pebbles and other items such as driftwood, ribbons, string and carved wooden deco…

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Featured Member: Seaglass Jewellery by Judith

Date: 30/01/2017

A recent move to live beside the seaside unlocked an unknown talent for Judith Gindill. After collecting copious amounts of sea glass on her daily beach walks Judith started to research how she could use them.    Entirely self-taught, Judith loves to experiment with new designs for her sea glass jew…

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Featured Member: The Pottery Shed Jersey

Date: 23/01/2017

After undertaking a Highlands Pottery course for two and a half years Karen Hibbs decided to turn her new hobby into a business. A pottery wheel, a kiln and a shed later and The Pottery Shed was formed.    Ceramics produced by The Pottery Shed are all handmade and unique. Karen likes to experiment w…

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A Festive Feast

Date: 14/12/2016

We'd be fooling ourselves if we said this wasn't the time of year that we buy the most food! Summer BBQ's, Easter Weekend or Halloween don't even come close in our household. Christmas just screams shop till we drop, ram the fridge full and come to think of it, the freezer too.  I think it's fair to…

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Featured Member: Riccardo Anfosso

Date: 07/11/2016

Riccardo Anfosso began his own woodworking business at the beginning of this year, creating a purpose built wood workshop at Commercial Buildings in St Helier. Riccardo has been passionate about his craft for most of his life. Born in Italy and growing up in Jersey, he was inspired by technical draw…

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The Foodies of 2016

Date: 02/11/2016

Fortunately every year the Genuine Jersey association are welcoming new producers and with food being a firm favourite we thought just who are those newest food fanatics on the block?    From the sea or land, to kitchen, just what is it that these oh so creative people have come up with? They’ve cer…

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Hey there, Halloween!

Date: 18/10/2016

Blimey, summer really has been and gone, soon it’ll be bonfire night and then Christmas!! Although the long summer’s days do now feel a distant memory, don’t fret and instead embrace this beautiful autumnal time of the year. I personally feel it’s the one time period you are allowed to feel you can …

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Featured Member: Cathryn Ward

Date: 09/10/2016

Cathryn Ward designs and creates a range of child friendly products from wool felt. Cathryn started her business when she lived in Cape Town, South Africa, teaching felting and sewing. “I was lucky enough to meet some amazing women from different backgrounds, I would teach them to felt and sew and d…

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Featured Member: Lorraine Fiander

Date: 02/10/2016

Lorraine is a self-taught paper cutter and papercut designer. She produces a range of products including personalised wedding and christening papercuts.  Said Lorraine: “I've lived with depression since I was 14 and also have Systemic lupus erythematosus, also known as lupus, which can be really deb…

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Featured Member: Kirstie Taylor

12:00 AM to 12:00 AM September 26, 2016

Kirstie Taylor creates stunning cupcakes and celebration cakes using local ingredients. Kirstie returned to Jersey earlier this year, after living in London for 6 years and running her successful bakery business, Flour Patisserie, out of her London home. Now back on the island, Kirstie’s cakes are f…

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Featured Member: Dave Brown

Date: 19/09/2016

Dave Brown is a Jersey based potter and teacher, who creates beautiful functional pottery for the home. He first discovered throwing while studying on an Art Foundation course in Lancashire. Dave’s skill with pottery was spotted and he was encouraged to study for a degree in Studio Ceramics and Func…

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Featured Member: Mark Pinnick

Date: 05/09/2016

After moving to Jersey Mark Pinnick missed the cured meat snacks he had enjoyed while living in South Africa and so began to investigate curing Jersey beef to create his own Biltong. Word of mouth spread and soon Mark found himself running The Little Jersey Biltong Company, a small business supplyin…

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She sells, sea shells, on the sea shore...

Date: 30/08/2016

She sells, sea shells, on the sea shore   It’s hard not to love our local catches from around the island, we are so fortunate to live by the sea and so why not make the most of it. A hot seller and equally popular on Jersey are Scallops, and fortunately for us they are generally available all year a…

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Featured Member: Georgie Ng

Date: 29/08/2016

Georgie Ng is a Jersey based Photographer who specialises in landscapes. She describes the influence of Jersey on her work: “The Island’s landscape lends itself to photography, great light, rough seas and long summer days. Each day is never the same so you’re guaranteed to capture something differen…

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Featured Member: Rachel Concannon

Date: 22/08/2016

Rachel Concannon is the proprietor of Rachel’s Textiles Studio in St Helier. Growing up on a Jersey farm, Rachel spent a lot of her spare time sewing. Today her business is focused on sharing her passion with others, both through teaching and by making and selling a range of unique textile art gifts…

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Summer Frostbite...

Date: 04/08/2016

Well it’s seems as if summer doesn't know whether it’s coming or going. After scorching temperatures, shortly followed by a flurry of rain, it’s hard to know what month we are in. At least our gardens and fields will be thankful for a refreshing and much needed drink!   When the sun does shine we re…

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Shop till we drop!

Date: 30/06/2016

Understandably our local supermarket is vital to us as we rely upon them for many household items, but however great they are for the essentials the same cannot be said for all our weekly goods. It’s important to acknowledge how far your food has travelled.  Surely locally grown means fresher and in…

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Eat, Drink & Be Merry!

Date: 23/05/2016

A quote used time and time again and one I stand by. We all tend to kick back, relax and enjoy each others company, most of us choosing to do this with a glass in hand. It’s some what of a tradition to indulge in an alcoholic beverage.    Interestingly though, no ones knows exactly when alcohol was …

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Featured Member: Ross Lake

Date: 09/05/2016

New Genuine Jersey member Ross Lake is the creator of Lakey’s Originals, a small hot chilli sauce company handcrafting sauces, relishes and marinades with chilli kick. Ross began experimenting with “weird and wonderful” fresh ingredients from an early age, this developed into a passion for spicy fo…

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Featured Member: Aida Neal

Date: 02/05/2016

Aida Neal designs and makes jewellery in sterling silver, some of her pieces incorporate semi precious stones or found objects such as broken tiles and beach glass found on Jersey’s beaches.    Aida was born and raised in Jerez de la Frontera in the south of Spain, and gained a Bachelor of Fine Arts…

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Think before you eat…

Date: 21/04/2016

… not just before you speak!    With over 355 restaurants on our tiny island of just 45 square miles, we are spoilt for choice. It’s slightly crazy to think that even though we are just 9 by 5 miles wide we could still eat at a different location every day for a whole year if we wanted to. So it rea…

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Let Them Eat Cake

Date: 06/04/2016

I don’t think I’ve come across anyone who doesn't like a slither of cake, I know I certainly do. Interestingly, the history of cake dates back to the ancient times, although the first cakes were very different from what we eat today. They were more bread-like enriched with butter, eggs and honey and…

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Featured Member: Minioti

Date: 07/03/2016

Qualified paediatric speech and language therapist Anna-Liisa and personal trainer Natasha Dowse produce a healthy and tasty ice cream for children, although it’s suitable for the whole family. Minioti has teamed up with Jersey Dairy to produce their luxurious brand, which comes in three flavours: c…

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The good, the bad and the ugly…

Date: 03/03/2016

“Globally we waste 20-40% of produce because it's not perfect, meanwhile 800 million are hungry!”   This is just one of many statements that are made about the amount of food and fresh produce that we waste, it’s mind boggling and whats worse is that it could be avoidable…   So I ponder, can ugly fr…

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Featured Member: Karen Morton Unique Words

Date: 29/02/2016

Karen Morton writes poems and quotes, some sentimental and some funny. The poems are then arranged into shapes and printed and mounted, ready to be framed. Karen is happy to undertake commissions to write personalised poetry to fit any occasion.   Karen has always loved writing, especially poems, an…

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Jane James Installation at St Martin's School

Date: 22/02/2016

Children at St Martin's School will be returning after the half term break today to find a colourful shoal of fish swimming through their classrooms. The installation of handmade ceramic fish has been designed and created by Jane James and her team, the largest work Jane has taken on so far. Paper …

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Liberation Brewery's Beer Pancakes

Date: 09/02/2016

It's Pancake Day and Liberation Brewery have the perfect antidote to the miserable weather. Why not create your very own Bancakes (Beer Pancakes)! This year, Liberation Group are making Pancake Day all about the grown-ups, by providing a recipe for their very own Liberation Ale pancake batter.     …

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New Year, New You?

Date: 31/01/2016

The same old phrase that taunts us right after one of the most joyous times of the year. The party season is over and instead the supermarket shelves seem to only be filled with healthy foods. It must be January!   In my opinion, too much of something is never a wise idea, but the same can be said f…

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Featured Member: Emma Le Monnier

Date: 25/01/2016

Emma Le Monnier creates a range of textile products, all handmade in Jersey and with distinctive whimsical designs, under the business name “Away with the Fairies”.   Emma explains: “Woodland whimsy and a sprinkle of fairy dust inspire the creations of Away with the Fairies.” Emma creates crochet be…

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Featured Member: Chloé Fosse

Date: 18/01/2016

Chloé Fosse hand paints wooden signs with popular Jersey phrases, as well as taking orders for personalised and bespoke signs. Chloé’s business started when she was asked to share a nautical themed craft stall with a friend, and she came up with the idea of painting signs. These proved to be very po…

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Featured Member: Georgina Reid

Date: 04/01/2016

Georgina Reid has has recently launched a new business called Jersey Cured. Georgina cures Jersey beef using traditional techniques and local products. Coming from a family that has run a restaurant in Jersey for over 50 years, she was brought up around local food – from its sourcing and preparation…

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A Christmas Special

Date: 16/12/2015

Make your Christmas a genuine one and support the islands local businesses by shopping for gifts that are made right here at home. Just as you might buy your home grown veggies and fruits rather than from overseas, it would be great to make a conscious effort to source gifts from local providers too…

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Genuine Jersey Christmas

Date: 14/12/2015

Genuine Jersey has a plethora of choice when it comes to food and drink this Christmas. Pretty much all you need can be found locally, from free-range eggs and dairy products to fresh meat and fish. To add a little Christmas spirit, beverages such as wine, ale, cider and even eau de vie can also be …

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Get to the ‘root’ of the matter…

Date: 11/12/2015

Root Vegetables. Yum. They just remind me of winter when the days are short and the nights are cold, they have a homely, warming feeling and their nourishing too. There is something incredibly divine about roasted roots. Caramelised roasted parsnips, carrots and onion are a particular fave, with a l…

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Trick or Treat...

Date: 21/10/2015

Is it October already? Where has the year gone! I know not everyone looks forward to Autumn and Winter, but I do as it brings lots of things that I love, especially Halloween and Christmas! So grasp onto these wonderful occasions rather than thinking of the dark mornings and early evenings, althou…

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Featured Member: Susan Lintell

Date: 10/10/2015

Susan is an artist, illustrator and cartoonist, and a graphic and website designer. As well as creating artwork and illustration, she specialises in marketing, marketing communications, social media marketing, business development and website design. Susan was the founder of a successful presentatio…

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Featured Member: Sophie Orman Matlock

Date: 04/10/2015

Sophie Matlock has a life long interest in sewing. This passion has led her to create her own business designing and making clothes, as well as altering existing outfits. Sophie also creates bespoke wedding dresses, working closely with clients to create their dream outfit. Sophie talks us through h…

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Kale - Not just a superfood!

Date: 30/09/2015

Kale, what exactly is that I hear you say? Or how do I use it, cook it, eat it?  So many of us see it on the front of a healthy cook book or used in a green juice but why not incorporate it into your everyday home cooking and boil or fry as confidently as you do your peas. It's a cabbage-like vegeta…

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A Genuinely Local Lunch

Date: 28/08/2015

Some of us are organised enough and make a fresh lunch for the day, but if like me the idea sounds great but actually executing this on a day to day basis is another matter, then why not pop along to one these local eateries. They offer a splendour of Genuine Jersey goods, and their fresh too, so yo…

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How do you like your eggs in the morning...

Date: 11/08/2015

... I like mine with a kiss! A classic tune, which admittedly sounds like a nice start to the day.   So put the radio on and kick start your morning with a source of high quality protein. Unlike most cereals and yoghurts, eggs only contain one ingredient - eggs!! There’s no added sugar or carbs inst…

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Featured Member: Moments in Glass

Date: 27/07/2015

Catherine Pipon has had a fascination with light, colour, and things that sparkle since childhood. Working with glass bought these interests together, then in March 2015 Catherine began her own small business, Moments in Glass, creating a range of products from stained glass. Catherine tells us more…

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Supremely Sweet Strawberries

Date: 22/06/2015

We used to only be able to enjoy these sweet treats during the summer but now find them on the shelves at Christmas time. As pleasurable as it is to treat ourselves to them during the colder months they don't taste anywhere near as good as the true seasonal crop we can get out hands on now. Tantalis…

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Asparagus - A green full of goodness

Date: 15/05/2015

Asparagus is arguably the most popular vegetable within our household, and like most crop, imports are available all year round. But now is the time of year to reap the real benefits and enjoy it within its prime season. The season is short, lasting from May to July, but this is when we get to exper…

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Featured Member: Le Feuvre Farms

Date: 04/05/2015

The Le Feuvre family have been farming in Jersey for over five generations, hand digging Jersey Royal Potatoes as well as growing other crops in their fields in L’Etacq, St Mary and St Martin. Le Feuvre Farms are also continuing the Jersey tradition of the honesty box, where the public can buy local…

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Featured Member: Lauren Radley Illustration

Date: 13/04/2015

Lauren Radley’s illustration work is full of colour and excitement and her range of Jersey themed images are very successful, selling at lots of local shops, markets and events. Lauren was already an accomplished illustrator when she moved to the island with her Jersey-born husband a few years ago. …

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Featured Member: The Memory Mix

Date: 07/04/2015

Stephanie Auckland has recently launched her own small business creating bespoke typographic prints and already has many satisfied and returning customers. Stephanie told us a bit more about her passion for graphic design and how she came to start her business The Memory Mix. My name is Stephanie A…

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Freshly dug treasure...

Date: 31/03/2015

Yippee, it’s spring! For me this is such an exciting time of the year, the cold winter seems far behind us and the days are warming, but for all us Jersey folk we also start to spot the farmers out in the fields picking our first batch of Jersey Royals.  Thankfully these treasures are a branded pota…

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Featured Member: Victoria Liddell

Date: 30/03/2015

Victoria Liddell was inspired to design and make her own silver jewellery after travelling across the world. Now back in Jersey, where she was born, Victoria is turning her hobby into a successful small business.   My name is Victoria. I make fine silver pendents inspired by nature and love to use f…

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Featured Member: La Ferme Kitchen

Date: 23/03/2015

Claire Perchard has recently launched her own business making preserves, chutneys, cordials and confectionary using ingredients from the family farm in St Martin. Claire told us a bit about running a small business alongside family life on a busy farm.   Hi, my name is Claire Perchard, I am married …

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Featured Member: Ceri's Cakes

Date: 16/03/2015

Ceri Dickinson bakes cakes, cupcakes and push pops for any occasion: weddings, christenings, birthdays, craft fayres and fundraisers. Ceri’s Cakes is very popular and has Ceri working long hours to meet the demand for her unique cakes, but she still finds time to bake for charities and regularly don…

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A Valentine’s Day Special…

Date: 09/02/2015

Here’s a guide to buying the best for your Valentine, and it’s local too, proving you CAN have your cake and eat it!  Even if your loved one does say ‘oh darling, it’s just over-commercialised, don’t worry about Valentine’s Day’, don’t be cupids devil… Everyone seems to treat themselves on Valentine…

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Jèrriais Chat and Coffee

Date: 26/01/2015

Are you a Jèrriais speaker? Would you like to find out more about our local language, or just hear how it sounds? L'Office Du Jèrriais have organised Coffee and Chat sessions, or "Café et caqu'téthie", as a fun and informal way to practice your Jèrriais. The sessions take place every Thursday betwe…

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Featured Member: Andrew Sinclair

Date: 19/01/2015

Andrew Sinclair is a potter based in St Ouen, his handmade pots are thrown on the wheel, with larger pieces being built with slabs of clay. Andrew has exhibited at the Skipton Open Studio event over the last two years, and shown work at The Harbour Gallery in St Aubin. Pieces of Andrew’s work are al…

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Potato growing challenge to be the biggest yet

Date: 13/01/2015

The Genuine Jersey Royal Potato Growing Competition that celebrates the Island’s historic food culture launches this week as invitations to take part are sent to all the primary schools.   The annual event which sees primary school pupils, the Constables and Island media grow the Island’s premier cr…

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Featured Member: Nikki Baudins

Date: 12/01/2015

Nikki Baudains creates art dolls from recycled fabric using a traditional Singer 1935 sewing machine. Each cloth doll Nikki makes is a unique collectible made from cloth, with a hand painted face, hair made of yarn and carefully hand crafted clothes. Nikki explains “I never make the same doll twice …

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Featured Member: Hans Van Oordt

Date: 17/11/2014

For the past three years Hans Van Oordt has been working to propagate traditional Jersey apple tree varieties and selling them. At the same time, Hans was planting his own orchard of Jersey apple varieties, which has recently begun to produce it’s first crops so this season Hans has been able to lau…

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Featured Member: Jersey Plants Direct

Date: 13/10/2014

Jersey Plants Direct is a mail order bedding plant nursery based in Jersey, who have been operating for 10 years. They sell a year round range of Jersey grown bedding plants, shrubs, perennials, roses, bulbs and fruit & vegetable plants, suitable for any type of gardening and delivered direct to…

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New London restaurant showcases Jersey produce

Date: 13/10/2014

A Jersey-born restaurateur is opening a restaurant today with a Michelin star chef in the centre of London’s arts and cultural heartland, where local produce will feature on the menus. Marie Jackson and Australian-born chef Skye Gyngell are the brains behind Spring, which opens on Tuesday 14 October…

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Forge Farm Floristry

Date: 29/09/2014

Forge Farm are now taking bookings for 2015 events and have some gorgeous seasonal slots available throughout spring and summer next year, so if you have an event planned for 2015, have a look the beautiful floral service that Forge Farm can offer.     Flower grower and florist Elise Stubbs started …

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Featured Member: Seymour Ceramics

Date: 29/09/2014

Julie Pearce began pottery classes three years ago, and now has a growing small business creating pottery items influenced by the Jersey seashore. She creates work both as bespoke items and for her regular market stall. Julie is a new member of Genuine Jersey, and here she tells us how she began her…

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Featured Member: Campbell Cox

Date: 22/09/2014

Campbell Cox has spent most of his working life outside in the Jersey countryside. Here he tells us more about his decision to launch his own business this summer, cutting up fallen trees and drying out logs so they are ready to be used as firewood, and ensuring that he can continue to work outside …

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Featured Member: Greengro Plants

Date: 31/08/2014

Sarah Johnson grows a range of plants and herbs, as well as fruit and vegetables, on her smallholding in St Peter, these are available from her road side stall on La Rue Du Petit L’Aleval. Here Sarah tells us about her business, Greengro Plants, and her journey to create an organic smallholding.   I…

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Great Taste Awards 2014

Date: 18/08/2014

The leading accreditation scheme for artisan and speciality food producers in the British Isles has awarded its top accolade to a hand-made Jersey fudge. Sue’s Fudge Traditional Tablet has won three gold stars, which this year was given to just 150 products out of 10,000 entered in the Great Taste a…

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Featured Member: Juice 4 Life

Date: 27/07/2014

Sue Wallace has recently launched her new business Juice 4 Life, with the goal of helping “you break the cycle of an unhealthy lifestyle and enhance the quality of your diet by simply increasing your intake of fruit and vegetables, this is what I have done and felt so much better for it.” Sue told u…

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Liberation Group wins three awards for bottled beers

Date: 27/07/2014

The Liberation Group has won three awards at the British Bottlers’ Institute 2014 Awards. The company picked up a Gold Medal for its Liberation IPA; and has received Diplomas for bottled Liberation Ale and packaging design for its family of bottled beers: Liberation Ale, IPA and Herm Gold.   Liberat…

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Featured Member: Douet Farm

Date: 20/07/2014

Laurence and Louise Agnès have always been passionate about the countryside and farming. The couple have been working hard to realise their dream of a smallholding on the island, and now that dream is becoming a reality. Laurence and Louise share their story of creating Douet Farm. Hi – we’re Laure…

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Featured Member: Pain de Famille

Date: 13/07/2014

Rich Howell is a graphic designer with a passion for making sourdough bread. His interest in baking began in Wales, but he is now based in Jersey and his sourdough bread is in constant demand at the two outlets in the island which stock his product. Rich shares some of his story about his interest i…

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Featured Member: Wilde Thyme

Date: 30/06/2014

Clara Barthorp is a Jersey based florist who operates a bespoke service from her workroom in Trinity. Whether you need flowers for a quiet gift to a loved one, a loud celebratory extravaganza or an intimate personal gathering, Clara can help to create the right mood with her arrangements. This is Cl…

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Featured Member: Forge Farm

Date: 16/06/2014

Elise Stubbs is a florist who grows the flowers and foliage which she uses in her arrangements. Elise's cutting garden in Sion is devoted to English country garden flowers, herbs and wild flowers which are then arranged and sold at various venues in the island. Elise told us her story and how she ca…

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Genuine Jersey goes stateside

Date: 05/06/2014

Local products made by members of the Genuine Jersey Products Association have travelled across the Atlantic to go on sale as part of the state of New Jersey’s 350th anniversary celebrations – ‘NJ350’. Items made by artists Rosemary Blackmore, Jools Holt and Kathy Rondel, photographer Kevin Brace an…

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Featured Member: Nicki Bellaiche of Posh Pies

Date: 26/05/2014

Nicki Bellaiche is a new member of Genuine Jersey, she makes a range of delicious pies and tarts using fresh local produce. Her business, Posh Pies, offer a good range of vegetarian pies and quiches alongside a chicken and mushroom pie, and an assortment of fruit tarts. Nicki told us her story and w…

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Featured Member: Sunshine Design

Date: 19/05/2014

Ailsa Ash and Sarah Kelly both moved to Jersey a few years ago and met each other at a local playgroup with their children. As both were having career breaks they decided to combine their skill sets to create a new company that challenged them, but allowed the flexibility to be available for their f…

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Genuine Jersey Royal Potato Growing Competition

Date: 16/05/2014

Primary school children are looking forward to next week when judging takes place in the Genuine Jersey Royal Potato Growing Competition. Over four days from Monday 19 May, the judges will be visiting all the primary schools to weigh and count the crops grown in buckets since February by more than 6…

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Featured Member: Naomi Renouf

Date: 12/05/2014

Naomi Renouf is a textile artist and painter who uses a variety of techniques to produce unique hangings and textile pictures. Naomi creates stunningly intricate pieces of work, inspired by the natural environment, particularly the beautiful coast and landscape of our island. My name is Naomi Renou…

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Featured Member: Joy Langdon

Date: 05/05/2014

Joy Langdon is a local artist who creates a wide range of work, incorporating stunning landscape paintings, detailed pen and ink drawings and vibrant watercolours. Joy has recently become a Genuine Jersey member and will be showing her work in the martello tower at Archirondel this summer.    My nam…

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Featured Member: Lisa Bloomer

Date: 21/04/2014

Lisa Bloomer is a Jersey based graphic designer and artist. Lisa has experience working with a range of techniques and diverse influences, and has recently established a studio with three other local artists. Lisa told us a bit about her story and working process. My name is Lisa Bloomer, I'm a gra…

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Featured Member: Gosia Hyjek

Date: 14/04/2014

Gosia Hyjek is a photographer who has a passion for the natural environment. When Gosia moved to Jersey she was delighted by the beautiful landscape and friendly people, and set up her photography business, Light Atelier. Gosia told us more about her story and her work. Hi, my name is Gosia Hyjek. I…

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Featured Member: Carla Butler

Date: 07/04/2014

Carla Butler is a Jersey based photographer who fell in love with the island 10 years ago. Carla is fascinated by the repeating patterns found in nature and explores these in her beautiful photographs. Here, Carla tells us more of her story.   My name is Carla and I am a photographer, digital artist…

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Featured Member: Helena Mundy

Date: 31/03/2014

Helena Mundy is a Textile Artist and new member of Genuine Jersey. Helena’s fascination with both body art and microscopic cells is reflected in her textile and mixed media work, here she tells us a bit more about her developing career. My name is Helena Mundy, I’m a housewife and mother with a p…

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Featured Member: L'Office du Jèrriais

Date: 24/03/2014

Tony Scott-Warren has lived most of his life in Jersey and began learning Jérriais in the early 1980’s. Tony’s enthusiasm for the language lead him to organise events to promote Jèrriais, and eventually to set up a teaching programme and open L’Office du Jèrriais in 1999. Tony told us more of his st…

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Featured Member: Vienna Bakery

Date: 17/03/2014

David Dodge is the man behind Vienna Bakery, he has a lifetime of skill and knowledge about the bakery business. As well as supplying local shops, restaurants and hotels around the island, Vienna Bakery also have a very popular shop in The Central Market. Here, David tells us a bit more about his st…

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Genuine Jersey Royal Potato Growing Competition 2014

Date: 05/03/2014

The Genuine Jersey Royal Potato Growing Competition gives Island primary school pupils a better understanding of how food is produced and to learn about Jersey’s historic food culture. All primary schools on the island have signed up to compete in the 2014 Genuine Jersey Royal Potato Growing Compet…

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Featured Member: Kevin Brace

Date: 03/03/2014

Kevin Brace is a photographer and Genuine Jersey member who is often found exploring the island with his camera, looking for interesting perspectives on familiar scenes. Kevin is a regular stallholder at the markets which take place around Jersey during the summer, here he tells us his story, how he…

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Featured Member: Steve Jones of Vers Les Monts Organic Farm

Date: 21/02/2014

Steve Jones is one of three local growers who form the Jersey Organic Growers Alliance, a co-operative with the aim “to produce and provide fresh organic food for the local community” and “to make the cost of this produce as affordable as possible for the people who want it, and at the same time pro…

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Tony Gibson of TG Timbercraft

Date: 10/02/2014

Tony Gibson has always been fascinated by working with timber. A few years ago, he found himself looking for work, so decided instead to set up his own small business. TG Timbercraft offers a range of beautiful wooden products from bespoke free standing furniture, to custom built in cabinetry, to lo…

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Featured Member: Jersey Turbot

Date: 03/02/2014

Jersey Turbot are a small family run business, Dave Cowburn worked as a deep-sea trawler fisherman for many years, before changing to turbot farming. Dave works alongside his wife Margaret, son Gary and daughter Tricia. The Cowburn’s first started farming Turbot in 2000 at Victoria Harbour in St He…

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Featured Member: Kevin Holden

Date: 28/01/2014

Kevin Holden set up with his wife Wendy with the aim of providing a range of fresh, local, sustainably caught fish. His trailer is a familiar sight at Lucas Bros in St Brelade, and at the summer markets around the island. This is his story: I’m Kevin, I have been a full time fis…

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Bake Me A Cake

Date: 20/01/2014

Ann Pallett has extensive experience in baking, sugar craft and cake decorating. She has consistently worked to be at the forefront of cake design and is passionate about passing her knowledge and skills on to her students, at the same time as running her cake making business from home. Here, Ann ta…

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Featured Member: The Chilli Kitchen

Date: 06/01/2014

Lesley Garton is the local entrepreneur behind The Chilli Kitchen, she focuses on using top quality Jersey grown produce to create her range of preserves, in 2013 Lesley’s Twisted Sister Hot Tomato Relish won a Great Taste Gold Award. We caught up with Lesley to find out about her passion for cookin…

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Featured Member: Jools Holt

Date: 16/12/2013

Jools Holt creates a wide range of mixed media artwork. Using photography, sculpture, painting, printing and digital techniques, Jools has built up a body of work that reflects her enthusiasm for our island. Jools has given us a peek at her inspirations and processes ahead of her exhibition which op…

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Featured Member: Dilly's Cookies

Date: 10/12/2013

Dilly’s Cookies is a delicious range of biscuits and treats created by Dilly Percival. Dilly has a lifetime of experience and enthusiasm for baking, and was kind enough to tell us about the journey that led her to start her own business.My name is Dilly Percival, I set up Dilly's Cookies to sell my …

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Featured Members: Balar

Date: 02/12/2013

Nathalie Walker and Tracey Shepherd are the co-owners of Balar, an online Lifestyle Boutique which seeks to capture all the joy of a summer day in Jersey and recreate it in stunning jewellery and accessories that can be enjoyed throughout the year, wherever you are. Here, Tracey enthusiastically tel…

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Didier Hellio on Nigel and Adam's Farm Kitchen

Date: 25/11/2013

St Ouen farmers and Genuine Jersey members Didier and Christine Hellio feature in a national television programme to be shown at 8 pm on BBC 1 this Wednesday. Nigel And Adam's Farm Kitchen, features chef Nigel Slater and farmer and Countryfile presenter Adam Hanson.The second episode of this four-pa…

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Liberation Group need your oak

Date: 25/11/2013

Following recent strong winds, Liberation Group are appealing to Islanders to help with their search for any fallen oak branches that could be used to make the tap handles for their Blonde Craft Beer.[caption id="attachment_2611" align="aligncenter" width="300" caption="Paul Hurley, Head Brewer at L…

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Featured Member: Freddie's Footprint

Date: 25/11/2013

Jodi Humphreys is a keepsake artist who runs Freddie’s Footprint, a small business which specialises in creating highly detailed casts of a baby’s hand or foot, as an original and bespoke gift. Jodi describes her process and how she came to start her business.My name is Jodi and I am a keepsake arti…

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Featured Member: Jersey Delights Photography

Date: 17/11/2013

Michael and Marilyn are the creative couple behind Jersey Delights Photography. They met online in 2003, shortly afterwards  Michael made his first journey to Jersey to meet Marilyn. They continued to travel back and forth to see each other until 2005, when Michael moved to the island permanently.No…

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Featured Member: Mandy Gaynor

Date: 11/11/2013

Mandy Gaynor has been making soft toys since 2010, and she recently become a member of the Genuine Jersey Products Association. Mandy talks to us here about how losing her own favourite childhood doll inspired her to start creating soft toys for other children and adult collectors.Hello, my name is …

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Jenni Liddiard's Sparkling Cloudy Apple Juice

Date: 04/11/2013

Jenni Liddiard of Field Farm in St Lawrence is well known for the lean and tender lamb that she raises on lush pasture, and the fresh free range eggs that are available from her farm gate. Recently, Jenni (formerly known as Jenni Riggall) has begun creating apple juice, a long held ambition since sh…

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Silver Christmas Robins by Lisa Le Brocq

Date: 04/11/2013

Lisa Le Brocq is a local jewellery designer and silversmith. At this time of year, she is working hard producing her very popular range of festive jewellery. Lisa was kind enough to walk us through her process of creating a sterling silver Christmas Robin. It’s fascinating to see how a length of sil…

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Featured Member: Gemma Eve of Beanfrock

Date: 27/10/2013

Gemma Eve is the creative force behind Beanfrock, a company which creates bespoke textile goods with a leaning towards the children’s market. Gemma kindly took a break from the sewing machine to tell us a bit more about the inspiration behind her business, and to walk us through her typical day - wh…

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Featured Member: Les Burt of Crabs Direct

Date: 21/10/2013

Les Burt is a local crab and lobster fisherman. He starts his day at 5am every morning and heads out to his first string of pots. Les returns to shore at 3pm with his catch of spider crabs, chancres and lobsters.After taking part in a car boot sale at Corbiere, Les’ family had the idea to set up a s…

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Featured Member: Peter Gosselin

Date: 14/10/2013

Peter Gosselin has been working with both wood and metal for many years, he creates a range of parts for fishing tackle as well as small gift items such as bowls and candle holders. He began working with metal and wood in 1955, at the age of 11, producing parts for fishing tackle, but has been worki…

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Badlabecques Open Remix Competition

Date: 30/09/2013

Jersey's very own Jèrriais singing pop-folk band, Badlabecques, is celebrating it's debut album - ‘Hèque Badlabecques!’ - receiving the Genuine Jersey mark, a year after it was launched in the Royal Square on Jersey Reform Day, 28th September 2012.To mark the occasion, and in keeping with the band's…

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Featured Member: Christine and Didier Hellio

Date: 24/09/2013

Christine and Didier Hellio are a husband and wife team growing a range of crops at their farm in St Ouen. They supply fresh vegetables to a range of outlets on the island as well as their own farm stall. Christine kindly spent a few minutes telling us about life at Manor Farm.Hello I’m Christine, m…

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Featured Members: Christine and Didier Hellio

Date: 24/09/2013

Christine and Didier Hellio are a husband and wife team growing a range of crops at their farm in St Ouen. They supply fresh vegetables to a range of outlets on the island as well as their own farm stall. Christine kindly spent a few minutes telling about life at Manor Farm. Hello I’m Christi…

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Featured Member: Alasdair Healy

Date: 02/09/2013

Alasdair Healy creates exceptional hand crafted jewellery boxes, drawing on his experience in some of the leading furniture workshops in the UK. In 2005, Alasdair was awarded a craft guild mark by the Worshipful Company of Furniture Makers, for his Jewel Tower in burr walnut, bubinga and sycamore. M…

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Featured Member: Soap Mill Jersey

Date: 12/08/2013

The Soap Mill Jersey create a wonderful range of natural soaps, bath products and candles using local ingredients wherever possible. Their products have become incredibly popular across the island and their business is going from strength to strength. Jane Farnham took a few minutes out of her busy …

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Featured Member: Beverley Speck

Date: 05/08/2013

Beverley Speck is a textile artist and designer who creates a range of beautiful home decor pieces and original textile art. Her range of Christmas decorations features in the 2013 Country Homes and Interiors Magazine Calendar. Beverley took a break from her busy schedule to tell us a bit more about…

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Featured Member: Cookie Crew

Date: 29/07/2013

Mel Le Tarouilly & Rachael Higo are two friends who met when their eldest children started school together 7 years ago. Mel has always had a passion for baking and Rachael was an excellent pastry chef “pre-children” and both have a mutual flair for art and craft. “Cookie Crew” has provided an ex…

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Featured Member: Olivia Morton of Detox Delivery Co.

Date: 15/07/2013

Olivia Morton started Detox Delivery Company after moving to Jersey and noticing how many islanders were enthusiastic about health and fitness.  Olivia has created a comprehensive cleansing programme designed to work with your everyday life, here she tells us a bit more about her business and her pa…

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Featured Member: Katie's Shed

Date: 08/07/2013

Katie Luce makes beautiful personalised cards and gifts which she sells around the world.  Her Faceboook Page, Katie's Shed, becomes a frenzy during her well-known "market nights" where shoppers can snap up handmade products from the comfort of their own homes. Katie has kindly given us a few minute…

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Fresh and Zesty Summer Salad

Date: 02/07/2013

Genuine Jersey member Elke Jacques from sent us this recipe for a summer salad using delicious local produce, along with her favourite sources for ingredients.Ingredients:Vers le Mont Organic Farm Broad Beans & SpinachAmal-Grow Little Gem LettuceFauvic Nurseries BasilFresh Lime JuiceE…

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Featured Member: Kathy Rondel

Date: 25/06/2013

Kathy Rondel's work is suffused with her love of the natural world, from her beautiful garden to the lovely coast of Gorey which is visible from her studio. Kathy also creates wonderful paintings of animals, from delicate birds in her garden, to beautiful and humourous paintings of dogs. Here, Kathy…

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Featured Member: Danielle Le Brun

Date: 17/06/2013

Danielle Le Brun is the author and illustrator of the first book to be granted use of the Genuine Jersey mark. She produces children's picture books and a range of other products, all with her distinctive style of drawing. Danielle has kindly told us a bit more about herself and her love of drawing.…

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Tomato and Avocado Salad

Date: 11/06/2013

 Peter Le Cuirot grows award winning tomatoes, so who better to ask for a delicious recipe idea for enjoying tomatoes at their best? Peter says "We eat our tomatoes in lots of different ways, both raw and cooked. One of our favourite ways of serving tomatoes is in a simple tomato and avocado sa…

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Featured Member: Lucie Marie Holt

Date: 10/06/2013

Lucie Marie Holt produces highly original artwork. Her distinctive style is informed by a range of influences from Salvador Dali to Victoriana. Lucie Marie spared some time to tell us more about her work and her amazing ‘Pigeon People’.My name is Lucie Marie. I graduated in 2012 from the Foundation …

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Genuine Jersey Omelette Recipe

Date: 29/05/2013

Genuine Jersey member Elke Jacques from sent us this recipe for an omelette using delicious local produce, along with her favourite sources for ingredients.Ingredients: 5 Laurent Coenen eggs4-8 (depending on size) Farm Fresh Organics Jersey RoyalsGood handful each of Lucas Brothers spring…

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Outstanding Quality

Date: 29/05/2013

Genuine Jersey member Peter Le Cuirot’s tomatoes have been recognised for their outstanding quality by UK supermarket chain Sainsbury’s – beating other fruit and veg from the British Isles and worldwide. The Sainsbury’s Produce Supplier Awards 2013 were announced earlier this month in a ceremony in …

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Grouville School Reigns Supreme

Date: 29/05/2013

Grouville Primary School scooped two of the prizes in the 2013 Genuine Jersey Royal Potato Competition by growing the heaviest crop and the most tubers. St Lawrence won in the course work category. In addition, seven classes from Grouville School made the top ten of the 208 classes in all 32 primary…

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Featured Members: La Robeline Cider and Sausages

Date: 27/05/2013

Sarah and Richard Matlock have been together for 30 years, and they have operated their marine sales and engineering business in Jersey since 1986. However, Richard has always had a passion for the countryside, cider, and restoring old machinery. So in 2005 he decided to visit France to find out abo…

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Taste the Real Jersey at the Jersey Food Festival

Date: 21/05/2013

Enjoy Jersey hospitality and the very best produce the Island has to offer during the Jersey Food Festival; a week-long celebration of the Jersey Royal new potato, bountiful fresh seafood and award-winning dairy produce for which the Island is justifiably famous.The festival, which is now in its thi…

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Featured Member: Jenni Riggall of Field Farm

Date: 20/05/2013

Jenni Riggall has a passion for sheep farming. She prides herself on a high standard of animal welfare, which is reflected in the quality of the delicious, lean, tender lamb from her farm. Jenni has been kind enough to spare some time to tell us more about her work and her journey from being a radio…

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Featured Member: Stephen Davies

Date: 13/05/2013

From an early age Stephen Davies has been fascinated by aeroplanes and flight. His incredibly detailed drawings of aviation, military and maritime vehicles have become very popular both in Jersey and in the UK. Stephen shared some information with us about his growing body of work.My name is Stephen…

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Featured Member: Christine Witham

Date: 06/05/2013

Jersey based Textile Artist, Christine Witham, is well known for her unique jewellery and her stunning embroidery. Christine tells us a bit more about her work, her influences and her typical working day.I’m a Textile Artist. I trained years ago at Goldsmiths College in London at a time when Textile…

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Spaghetti a la Fiori Recipe

Date: 05/05/2013

Elke Jacques from put together a great pasta recipe using local ingredients:(Serves 2)Ingredients:SpaghettiDolcelatte CheeseClassic Herd Creme FraicheVers Le Mont Organic Purple Sprouting BroccoliWild Garlic Flowers (found in most hedgerows for the next month) Sauvignon BlancAnd a little …

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St Catherine's Farm and Craft Markets

Date: 01/05/2013

The first Genuine Jersey St Catherine’s Farm and Craft Markets takes place this Sunday, 5 May, from 11 am to 5 pm, outside Jersey Turbot, a family-run business started in 2000 by former deep sea fisherman Dave Cowburn and recently featured on ITV’s ‘Ade in Britain’. In this stunning location, w…

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Featured Member: Vicki Hudson of Jersey Cupcakes

Date: 29/04/2013

Vicki Hudson creates a range of stunning cupcakes using fresh, local ingredients. Vicki can create almost anything from fondant icing, she has topped cupcakes with everything from handbags to laptops, and her work is especially popular for children's birthday parties. She tells us how she started ba…

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Featured Member: Eddie Blampied

Date: 22/04/2013

Artist Eddie Blampied’s work is instantly recognisable, it is filled with larger than life characters and a good dose of seaside humour. Eddie creates a range of work including wooden boats, signs, paintings and caricatures. He is also behind the artwork on legendary local cafe The Hungry Man.Eddie …

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Great British Beef Week

Date: 22/04/2013

Great British Beef Week takes place from 21 to 27 April with the purpose of promoting the versatility of home-produced beef and to encourage people to eat it as part of a balanced diet. It is being supported by national supermarket chains, independent butchers and farm shops and industry organisatio…

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Liberation Blonde Craft Beer

Date: 15/04/2013

Craft Beers have been soaring up the popularity charts among beer drinkers in the US and UK over the last couple of years and Liberation Brewery in Jersey is proving to be at the forefront of this trend with the launch of its own version, Liberation Blonde Craft Beer.Brewed using quality ingredients…

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Hairy Bikers visit Jersey Ormer Hatchery

Date: 06/04/2013

The Ormer (also known as Abalone) is a rare marine snail that is considered a delicacy throughout the world. The natural habitat of the Ormer stretches from Senegal in the south to Jersey at its northern limit. Anne Port is the most northerly point where Ormers can grow naturally, and this is the lo…

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Featured Member: Rosemary Blackmore

Date: 01/04/2013

Rosemary Blackmore is a mutli-talented local artist, her beautiful paintings of Jersey Cows are instantly recognisable, but she is equally skilled at both ceramics and working with textiles. Rosemary kindly lets us have a glimpse into her studio and tells us what inspires her work.My name is Rosemar…

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Featured Member: Irene Dawkins

Date: 24/03/2013

Irene Dawkins uses traditional skills to transform the fleece of various animals into yarn for knitting. More recently, she has begun blending those traditional fleeces with unconventional upcycled materials, creating hanks of yarn with elements of newspaper, discarded fabric and cassette tape. Late…

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Featured Member: Isabelle Jepson of Izzy's Kitchen

Date: 18/03/2013

Isabelle Jepson is the creator of Izzy’s Kitchen which produces a delicious range of chutneys, preserves and cordials, using fresh local ingredients. Isabelle has a dedicated fan base on the island, and is very popular with tourists wishing to take a taste of Jersey home with them. Here Isabelle tel…

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Ade in Jersey

Date: 18/03/2013

Members of the Genuine Jersey Products Association are to feature in an episode of the popular ITV daytime television series, Ade in Britain, to be broadcast on 28 March.Presenter Ade Edmondson - best known for his roles in The Young Ones, Bottom and the Comic Strip Presents – will learn how to make…

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Featured Member: Zoe's Kitchen

Date: 11/03/2013

Zoe Horne is a chef and food writer turned small business owner, she uses her extensive experience in the food industry and fresh local ingredients to bake irresistible cookies and brownies. Here she tells us a little more about her business, Zoe’s Kitchen. I’ve been baking all my life. I grew up wi…

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Featured Member: The Loving Chair Company

Date: 04/03/2013

The Loving Chair Company is driven by the talent and vision of a three generation family team who together design fabrics and transform antique and vintage pieces of furniture into modern, statement pieces through a revival of traditional craft skill. Alex Piazza, Director of TLC, tells us a little …

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Pukka Jersey oysters available for first time in 120 years.

Date: 01/03/2013

Pukka Jersey oysters are going to market tomorrow (2nd March 2013) for the first time in 120 years.These oysters are flat oysters and the nearest you can get to the old indigenous Jersey Oysters that were farmed in the Royal Bay of Grouville in the 19th century when it was a major industry exporting…

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Featured Member: Laurent Coenen of Potage Farm

Date: 25/02/2013

Hello, my name is Laurent Coenen and I am a young Jersey farmer, I have my own land down the country lanes in St Lawrence. I studied for my degree in Agriculture and Land Management at Hartpury College, Gloucestershire, where I was Student of the Year in my final year.I have always been interested i…

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Let Growing Commence

Date: 18/02/2013

Yet another record number of growing kits are being delivered to Island primary schools this week as growing commences in the seventh Genuine Jersey Royal Potato Growing Competition.Each year more children take part and this year more than 7,000 pupils in 258 classes in all 32 primary schools are co…

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Featured Member: Kirsten Miller of Atlantic Blue Clothing

Date: 18/02/2013

I'm Kirsten Miller, I qualified as a dressmaker in 1984 and have been sewing ever since. I have made bespoke clothing, wedding dresses, children's and adults clothing.Lately I have developed an interest in up-cycling, which is like re-cycling except you take something old or useless and make it into…

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Featured Member: Le Pav Timber

Date: 12/02/2013

Oliver Simmons is the founder of Le Pav Timber. Driven by his long standing interest in trees and furniture making, he set up a local Jersey business to reuse the timber from fallen trees on the island. Oliver tells us more about his passion for making the most of our islands timber.My name is Oli S…

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A Genuine Jersey Valentine's Day

Date: 07/02/2013

Genuine Jersey members produce a wide range of high quality products from delicious fresh foods to art and gifts. Here is just a small selection of Valentine's Day ideas, all available on the island from local producers.La Mare Cuvee - White Methode Traditionelle from La Mare Wine EstateOrganic Oyst…

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Featured Member: Lisa Le Brocq Jewellery Design

Date: 04/02/2013

Lisa Le Brocq is a Jersey born designer and silversmith. Inspired by textures in the island landscape, Lisa creates beautiful contemporary silver jewellery. Here she tell us a little more about her business and the inspiration behind her  designs.I’m Lisa, I design and make contemporary silver jewel…

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Featured Member: Pat-a-Cakes Jersey

Date: 29/01/2013

 Jenna Johnson is the hugely talented cake designer behind Pat-a-Cakes Jersey. She uses fresh local ingredients and her amazing skills with sugar paste to create everything from cupcakes to wedding cakes. Here she tells us a little more about her business.I'm Jenna, a former journalist, mum of …

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Jersey Food Festival Sat 19 to Sun 27 May '12

Date: 18/05/2012

The Jersey Food Festival – nine days of fun and feasting when local produce is at its seasonal best – begins on 19 May with a two-day al fresco food fair at the Waterfront.Organised by Jersey Tourism and the Genuine Jersey Products Association, the festival aims to showcase the very best local produ…

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Let Growing Commence

Date: 08/02/2012

Island primary schools are preparing to compete in this year’s Genuine Jersey Royal Growing Competition to see which class can grow the heaviest crop of the Island’s famous potato.Now in its sixth year, the competition is organised by The Jersey Royal Company and supported by the Genuine Jersey Prod…

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Strictly SALSA

Date: 04/07/2011

Classic Herd is the first Jersey producer to receive approval from a scheme designed to provide recognition for local and regional producers in the British Isles.The award-winning dairy farm in St Peter, farmed by Darren and Julia Quénault, has passed its first audit to meet Safe and Local Supplier …

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Jersey / Normandy Lobster Fishery Awarded Marine Stewardship Council Accreditation

Date: 20/06/2011

Jersey lobsters can now be marketed locally and throughout Europe carrying the prestigious MSC logo (Marine Stewardship Council), giving consumers the guarantee that they are purchasing lobsters from a certified sustainable and well managed fishery.The accreditation comes after 20 months of in depth…

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Foodies Feast a Huge Success

Date: 23/05/2011

May certainly lived up its reputation as the merry month as the first Jersey Food Festival focused on the cornucopia of fresh Island produce that abounds in the spring.Thanks to the enthusiastic Genuine Jersey members, foodies and local chefs who devoted so much time and effort to a variety of event…

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100 Not Out

Date: 05/04/2011

Genuine Jersey celebrated its tenth anniversary earlier this year by welcoming the 100th member to its ranks.This distinction fell to Tony Sargeant of the Jersey Kitchen who uses local meat to make cured sausages called Saucison de Jèrrias. As the association approaches the half-way point of 2011, m…

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