Established in 1885, Wilkin & Son have always shown entrepreneurial spirit. Starting out as farmers of soft fruit they diversified to jam making, going on to make marmalades, honey and fruit gin liquers. The company has now established a chain of tea rooms across Essex, the latest recently opened in Chelmsford. Scott Goodfellow explained to Ken Crowther why he thinks they are so popular.



The annual celebration of the apple takes place throughout the UK in October. It’s a great opportunity to try different varieties of the fruit, enjoy local ciders or juices at one of the many events held across the country. Fran from Lubera has her countdown to National Apple Day.



Over the past 20 years things have changed dramatically in the production of English sparkling and still wines. Lisa Greenwood and her husband moved to Shoreham in Kent , where they have approximately 10 acres of vines which were mainly planted in 2004. She told Ken Crowther about the amount of work involved in running the business.