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Happy National Insect Week!

To celebrate National Insect Week at GreenBee we not only made this cake but we are giving our website is having a makeover and the online store will be open in a few days!

This cake is experimental and has two layers of chocolate banana and mealie (meal worm) cake, two layers of butternut squash, almond and buffie (buffalo worm) cake and a centre layer of chocolate buffie and beetroot cake.  This cake was devoured pretty quickly by friends and neighbours – even the ants in the garden wanted a bit of it!

We’re getting messy in the kitchen here this week preparing for the Axe Vale show this weekend, where we will be in the food marquee. Come and see us if you are in the area and try our new products and some that we have tried and really liked from France. Otherwise check out our shop page in a few days!

Happy National Insect Week from the GreenBee team

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River Cottage Food Fair

The market research trials at the River Cottage food fair ‘went like hot cakes’!!

I am currently working on my online shop and hope to get it up and running by the end of this week, largely off the back of the fair. The response of most people trying the cakes, flapjacks and cereal bars that I produced for the show was amazingly positive and by the end of the show I was dizzy with enthusiasm (and a little sunburn!).

The food fair was held at the River Cottage pitt farm and some 3000 people had tickets on each day so we saw a lot of people! I had some fabulous and invaluable help from they guys at Six Legs farm and their enthusiasm and warmth was infectious. Six legs farm are rearing crickets and when they are fully operational I will be ordering stock from them, so we are helping each other out as newbie ento startups together. Until I put a link to them on this site, you can find them on twitter @sixlegsfarm and FB https://www.facebook.com/sixlegsfarm

Along with all the positive comments, I completely ran out of cakes on both days and only had a little flapjack and cereal bar samples left at the end of the weekend. They really did go like hot cakes and many people wanted to make purchases on both days. The weekend was made extra special by a few people Rachel de Thample @dethample was game enough to try some smokey superworms and suggest a few things dishes that they may prove delicious with. Some fabulous teachers also invited me to come to their schools to give talks and tasty presentations. The two lovely neighbours from Toast @toastale who swapped beer for the use of a tarp and shared their suncream! Thanks guys! The weekend was rounded off by Hugh Fearnley-Withingstall himself tasting and offering around YumBug flapjacks and cereal bars at the ‘afterparty’. He was so encouraging and even took a large slab of hummingbug flapjack with him for breakfast the next day!