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The Real Food Company

48 & 50 Sandbach Road South
ALSAGER
Cheshire
ST7 2LP

01270 873322

History of The Real Food Companyinside the real food company shop

The Real Food Company was established in 1990, as a way of giving Carol, Nick and their new daughter, Silvie access to the best quality foods, as well as providing these foods to the local area. Before becoming a mother, Carol worked in the natural food business for several years. The first Real Food Company shop was in Congleton, and was designed with facilities for combining motherhood and the running of a natural food business. Baby Silvie was a popular member of the team! After several years, it was decided to leave Congleton and open a shop in our present location in Alsager, where we have been for over 15 years. Eight years ago we were able to take over the next door shop, and knock through to double the size of our retail space.

In the early days, Carol, Nick and Silvie followed a varied whole food vegetarian lifestyle, and experimented using all the produce in their shop. It was their belief that good food should provide all that is necessary to be healthy. The shop was a traditional whole food store, with a great range of veggie and vegan foods as well as herbal remedies. As time passed a range of dietary supplements were introduced, as it became clear that many people needed this kind of support to help them move towards optimum health. Carol and Nick spent whatever free time they had reading and researching about all the products in their shop.

Ten years ago through all their researching of nutrition, Carol and Nick came across the work of Dr. Weston A. Price. It all sounded interesting, but very controversial, especially as it advocated eating meat, but only from naturally reared pasture fed animals. Carol and Nick were, of course, vegetarian! Many months of reading and thinking followed. It eventually became clear, that for them to be able to have a truly nutrient dense, wholesome, healthy diet, where they didn't rely on supplementation they needed to try going back to eating meat. They knew they had access to really good pasture fed, organically reared meat from a local farm. This was not an easy step to take, and it took a while to adjust emotionally, but their energy levels and general state of health was greatly improved. This change opened up a whole new angle for the shop. The Real Food Company ceased being a purely vegetarian establishment and added high quality locally reared organic and pasture fed meat to their range. The book "Nourishing Traditions", written by Sally Fallon Morell with Mary Enig, provided huge inspiration and ideas. All grains were soaked prior to cooking, bread was sourdough and unusual cultures came into their lives like kefir, kvaas and kombucha. In 2010 they took a fermenting foods course with Sandor Katz and learned the art of fermenting vegetables to preserve them, but also to enhance their nutritional and probiotic value.

Carol, Nick and Silvie have a wealth of knowledge and experience that they are happy to share and discuss.

Carol and Silvie are the Cheshire Chapter Leaders of the Weston A. Price Foundation and as such hold discussion groups and workshops. They will also help people access nutrient dense real foods and give ideas on how to incorporate them into their lives.

 

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