Keelham Farm Shop
Once a week I go to the Keelham Farm Shop in Thornton which stocks some of the best offerings Yorkshire has to offer: cheese, vegetables, eggs, pickles and conserves (I particularly love Peckish products – based in Huddersfield, their pea & mint pesto is sensational!). Keelham butcher their own meat – the lamb is a real treat. They make pies and pizzas too, you’ll struggle to find better. If peanut butter is your guilty secret, Proper Nutty (based in Dewsbury) is the king. Keelham is a family firm and the staff are well-trained and helpful, meaning you always get a warm welcome.
Brighouse and Denholme Rd, BD13 3SS
Pextenement Farm, which I can see from my window here on the hills, make a range of organic cheeses. Find it on the fabulous cheese stall in Todmorden Market, along with an extraordinary goat’s cheese made by Gillian Clough in just ten acres – she’s won a slew of awards for her smooth, creamy ‘Gat’ (which means ‘goat’ in Anglo Saxon).
Pextenement Farm, OL14 8RW
Blue Sky Baker
I buy my bread at Blue Sky Baker in Hebden Bridge – self-taught ex-builder Paul Heyhoe makes sourdough and whole wheat but his best-seller is the mighty Donker, a dark, nutty beauty (get there early, they fly off the shelf). His gingerbread and chocolate brownies are pretty good too.
Cheetham St, HX7 8EW