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Cure for Xmas stress: lavender cheese

Thursday 11 December 2003

YORKSHIRE'S farmers and growers have come up with the wide range of speciality foods this Christmas - including a lavender-flavoured cheese which, says its maker, cuts the stress of Christmas shopping.

Lavender was once widely grown in Yorkshire as a commercial crop and now Judy Bell, of Shepherds Purse in Thirsk, has launched a lavender-flavoured feta-style cheese which she says is "soothing" after a hard day the shops.

Many country organisations, including the National Farmers' Union and the Country Land and Business Association, this week took up the call of shopping locally in rural areas, which we featured at the weekend.

Shopping locally - and rurally - will take the stress out of Christmas shopping in the big towns and cities, says Yorkshire CLA director Dorothy Fairburn.

"For food, there are national award-winning butchers and independent grocers aplenty, and more than 30 farmers markets being held in Yorkshire between now and Christmas," she says.

"For presents, there's an imaginative range to be found in the market towns, while parking and travel don't pose anywhere near the same problems. Buying locally produced goods or spending money in local shops keeps the money in our own rural communities."


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