Wild Fruit

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Gold Award in The Worlds Original Marmalade Awards 2015

Please go to NEWS page for more about my recent success.

Just Williams is owned by me, William Ramsbottom and has been trading since May 2005. I live on the edge of the North Yorkshire Dales with my wife Meg and dog Pip. We did have a wonderful Jack Russel called Bramble but we lost her at Christmas to an accident. We have lived here for 10 years, moving up from London in 1999. Our village Gilling West is a vibrant friendly place surrounded by beautiful countryside. In February 2006 I planted a small orchard behind the house that is now producing significant quantities of fruit. Most of the wild fruit I use is picked from the hedgerows within sight of the house.

My hedgerow preserves are made from hand picked wild fruit gathered from woodland, fields and hedgerows. The only fruit in this range that are not gathered from the wild are the cooking apples and lemons.

My other preserves are produced mainly using fruit that I have grown in my own orchard or hand picked from a growing number of local gardens orchards and allotments. All other fruit such as lemons, Seville oranges and figs I source from local suppliers who furnish me with top quality fruit and veg (with as few air miles as possible). My main fruit and veg supplier is Carricks of Snape.

In 2010 I won five prestigious Golds at the Great Taste Awards to add to the two I received in 2008,a one star Gold for my Pleasantly Hot  Tomato Chutney and a two star Gold for my Seville Orange and Ginger Marmalade. That was the first year that I had entered any products so I was very pleased to have done so well. I have now done even better. Please look at my news page for more on this years awards. I have since won further awards in both the Great Taste and Marmalade Awards.

All of my jams, jellies, marmalades, chutneys and cordials are hand made in small batches. I use traditional preserving techniques to make my products, never using pectin other than that found in the fruit itself. If I need to help a fruit set I will eather use lemon juice, redcurrant, raspberry or crabapple juice. The process of longer cooking in an open pan condenses the flavour, producing a much higher quality product than is possible from using shop bought pectin. 

You can find me at Barnard Castle Farmers Market on the first Saturday of every month. This market is held all year round on the cobbles in the town centre (or the Witham Hall in Feb March or when the weather conditions are particularly bad). This is a wonderfull market with a wide range of superb produce on up to 32 stalls. We are the meeting place of 4 counties and benefit from being able to attract the very best producers in the north of England.

If you are unable to attend a market then please contact me for an up to date list of products and stockists.  I will also be able to inform you of any shows or events I am attending.  For those who are just too far away there is always the post and I am always happy to fulfill any order as quickly as possible.

I have a large range of products but do not always have everything in stock. I am ruled by the weather during harvest time and the availability of the fruit. I will always strive to harvest as much possible but some fruit has a tendency to have a year off so please understand if I occasionally run out.

Duchess of Wessex visits Barnard Castle Farmers Market at the Bowes Museum

If you have any old fashioned or classic country recipes for wild fruit I would love to hear about them. I may also be able to cater to special requests for unusual jams and jelly's. Try me, I am open to any sensible suggestions.