After two years of discovering, tasting (lots) and setting up, we are a hair’s breadth away from launching our new hampers.
For years we have been selling and sourcing fresh Sussex farm produce, but along the way, we’ve found some fabulous stuff out there. Tucked away in all kinds of interesting places, we have silversmiths, brewers, leathermakers, jewellers and artists. Fin and Farm is devoted to fresh Sussex produce so we have been trying to work out a way of incorporating handmade, beautiful things.
Setting up hampers is definitely harder than we thought it would be! We love wicker hampers, but they aren’t everyone’s cup of darjeeling, so first off has been to find a perfect wooden box that can be kept and used, as well as gorgeous, tactile wicker, of course.
Anyway, boxes are generally Useful Things to have At home, we have a memory box with things added from family life over the years photos, school reports and things collected on walks and holidays. In the kitchen, we use wooden boxes for storing extra kitchen stuff like icing nozzles, biscuit cutters and party bits and boxes for recipes and widgety things. Now we come to think of it, we do have rather a lot of stackable storage! Photo boxes and random cd’s all get swept into crate format, as we do love hiding away our family chaos!
So, inevitably, we got quite excited about boxes and hampers, given that they are unlikely to be crushed and sent to landfill and we are not encouraging more waste.
This is our first attempt at producing a great boxâ€¦ now sorting, leather straps, stamping and sealing so all can be 100% safe and secure. All our family members are perfectly happy to act as delivery guinea pigs so we can test how well they travel.
The fun bit this year and the hardest has been whittling down our list of what to bring you on day 1. After months of hard thinking, looking at what things we would like for ourselves, our own families or our customers and suppliers and what you will like; and discussing and cogitating over big glasses of Sussex wine (for reference only) we’ve selected what we believe you will love.
The wicker hampers will be stuffed full of mouthwatering Sussex-made sweets and gifts. Award winning wines, orange blossom and earl grey turkish delight, gin truffles and chocolates with rum-soaked raisins (3 weeks soaked) boozy chocolates the list goes on and on (!) so we will tell you more about everything shortly.
Anyway, we are nearly there just now and are looking forward to our launch party on 8th September and there is no way this would go live without the amazing input of our designer Sarah Ferrari, who has painstakingly interpreted what we want for our site (and that we can’t wait to go live) and the wonderful photography of Sarah Ketelaars.
So finally, we are just putting the finishing touches to everything (ie. last minute fretting about nips and tucks) and this week managed to finally clink a glass to celebrate that we have got this far!
HAPPY HAMPERING! WE WILL TELL YOU MORE SOON