Barlows of Belvoir, a farm preserves company in Harby, near Melton Mowbray has chosen to support R.A.B.I.
The company is part of Barlow Lodge, an arable farm in Leicestershire. Hazel Stanley inherited the farm in 2004 after the loss of her husband. She struggled financially during this time and decided she needed to diversify the business so she and her family could continue to make Barlow Lodge their home. They converted an outbuilding into a kitchen and began making jams, marmalades and chutneys.
Graham Allen, the estate manager, said: “Hazel could have received help from R.A.B.I if she had known about them at the time, but now she’s in a position to support and promote the charity for others who are struggling.”
Each of their products has an interesting story behind it, inspired by the surrounding area. Graham explained: “Melton Mowbray is the rural food capital of the UK and there are a lot of interesting vignettes of history in this area. We wanted to highlight these, as well as reminding people of where the fruits that go into our products come from.”
The Owd Owthorpe Oranges & Apples Marmalade is named after the village Owthorpe where Colonel Hutchinson, a leading Parliamentarian in the English Civil War, lived. When he was arrested and taken to the Tower of London, one of the things he packed was a pot or marmalade! Barlows of Belvoir have recreated the marmalade from that period, similar to what Hutchinson may have taken.
“We wanted to give to those in agriculture who are less fortunate,” Graham added, “which is why we’re supporting R.A.B.I.”
Find out more about Barlows of Belvoir on their website.
Pictured above are (L-R) Hazel Stanley, Mary Maud, and Graham Allen.