Wild & Fruitful

Championing Local Produce

Since 1999


Why we do what we do.

I cannot bear waste. I wanted to prove that is was possible to make a business out of local, not imported fruit.
Jane Maggs, Founder.

Wild & Fruitful has been championing local produce since 1999. In 2015 we became a social enterprise as a demonstration of our ethos and opened a new kitchen in Maryport, Cumbria. Our commitment to both local and wild flies in the face of conforming to standards.

It means that fruit is bought at a fair price from growers and private gardeners.

It means that wild fruit is hand picked by us.

It means that much time is spent by us, by hand, sorting, cleaning and preparing.

Whilst some recipes are traditional, many have been invented to reflect modern tastes. The traditional, ancient and unusual are combined to give unique combinations of flavours.

Often our local produce comes from a single tree or group of bushes and we state the source on the jar. Bespoke preserves are willingly made for both business and individuals. We can supply catering size tubs or tiny wedding favours.

Our success has been recognised nationally, featuring on TV programmes such as Countryfile and Back to the Land and we have featured in many local publications such as Taste Cumbria.

Talks, walks, catering and demonstrations are all available.

And subscribe to our newsletter using the link at the bottom of the page to get regular updates of our seasonal products.


Some of our fantastic partners.

Tebay Services


Low Sizergh Barn




Battlesteads Hotel


Gloucester Services


Cheese Deli


Alston Wholefoods


Norton Priory Museum and Gardens



An appeal inspired by Syria's bitter oranges.

MarmalAid is a social enterprise inspired by Syria’s own bitter oranges, and their trees which grow in the old city of Damascus.

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The marmalade recipe is inspired by Syria's *Narenj trees (bitter orange) which grow in the courtyards of old Damascus houses.

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The premise behind everything that Hands Up does is simple and positive; by reminding people of the wonderful things about Syria and celebrating its food we have the power to do something good.

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Thoughts from some happy customers

Events & Markets

A selection of events and foodie markets across the UK

  • £12
  • 05/06/2019 07:30 PM
  • Threlkeld, Keswick CA12 4RY

The Chef Show is part play – part cookery demonstration (including tasters!). It takes the audience behind the scenes on a busy Saturday night in a local curry house. It reflects on the many villages and market towns where there are ‘Indian’ restaurants with staff that rarely have any social contact with other members of the community apart from serving them food.

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  • 27/04/2019 09:30 AM - 21/09/2019 03:00 PM
  • Sedbergh, UK

The Sedbergh Artisan Markets are community-based events specialising in art and crafts and a wide variety of local and regional food, all offered for sale by the artisans themselves. They are held one Saturday a month during the warmer months on the Main Street of this picturesque Cumbrian town in the Yorkshire Dales. They serve both locals and visitors with a treasure trove of eclectic stalls and are friendly and fun family events. 2018 has been the markets’ sixth year and they are continuing to grow and develop. The aim is to make them ‘more than a market’ with children’s activities, music and other entertainment. https://www.sedbergh.org.uk/locations/artisan-market/

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  • 20/04/2019 10:00 AM - 20/04/2019 04:00 PM
  • Castle Brewery, Cockermouth CA13 9NE, UK

Jennings Brewery has your Easter weekend all lined up... ✔️Open Mic night on Good Friday.🎶 ✔️Easter Fun and our first ever Mini Farmers market on Easter Saturday!

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  • £18
  • 09/04/2019 07:30 PM - 05/04/2019 10:00 PM
  • Rheged Discovery Centre, Penrith, UK

Calling all adventure lovers. Join us for a one-of-a-kind evening celebrating exploration of some of the wildest places on earth. We’ll be screening the world’s BEST adventure films and we’ll be joined on stage by two incredible speakers.

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  • £15
  • 07/04/2019 10:00 AM - 07/04/2019 01:00 PM
  • Runcorn WA7 1SX, UK

This workshop covers seed sowing techniques using small, medium and large seeds. It is suitable for anyone who would like to improve their success rates and grow on their seeds at home. All materials, tea and coffee provided. Please wear suitable clothes and footwear and let us know of any relevant allergies. £15 per person. Please book places in advance.

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  • £45
  • 24/03/2019 09:00 AM - 24/03/2019 04:00 PM
  • Runcorn WA7 1SX, UK

Learn basic willow weaving techniques and create a unique plant support to take home for your garden. Find out how we use and manage the local natural resources and learn a new skill which you can continue at home. All materials and equipment provided.

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  • 16/03/2019 10:00 AM - 17/03/2019 04:00 PM
  • Dalemain, Penrith CA11 0HB, UK

The Marmalade Festival will be returning home to Dalemain on Saturday 16th March! The World’s Original Marmalade Festival will be returning on Saturday 16th March 2019, so put the date in your diaries and get ready to go orange! Join us at Dalemain for a weekend of marmalade celebrations with market stalls in the historic courtyard, cookery demonstrations, talks, entertainment and shows that will inspire you, your family and friends to take the nation’s marmalade to your heart. The Dalemain Festival is supported by Penrith Chamber of Trade and Commerce, who will be providing Classic Coaches to take visitors between Penrith and Dalemain, as well as organising lots of exciting orange windows & special offers in town.

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  • 09/03/2019 09:00 AM - 11/03/2019 01:00 PM
  • CA3 0NG

Selling local produce including meat, bread, fruit and veg, cheese, cakes and preserves, crafts and plants in season. Tea/coffee morning every month run by a different charity or group.

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  • £26
  • 08/03/2019 07:30 PM
  • Workington CA14 2BD, UK

Featuring the BAFTA Award Winning historian and TV presenter recount anecdotes of memorable experiences from his very successful career as an historian and broadcaster. Otherwise known as 'The History Guy' Dan will also research and include historical facts and stories relating to Workington and will be aided by the use of digital screens.

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  • £25
  • 24/02/2019 10:00 AM - 24/02/2019 01:00 PM
  • Runcorn WA7 1BD, UK

Learn the theory behind grafting fruit trees with Heathfield Orchards and then have a go yourself! No prior knowledge of grafting is needed. This course is open to anyone aged 16 or over. £25.00 per person.

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  • 23/02/2019 10:00 AM - 21/02/2020 04:00 PM
  • Cumbria, UK

Regular Farmer's Markets are held across Cumbria where you can experience the culinary delights that the area has to offer. We have listed them below, so you can hopefully find something taking place near you.

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  • 23/02/2019 09:00 AM - 13/04/2019 03:00 PM
  • Hexham, UK

Hexham Farmers Market is a long established market in the heart of the historic town of Hexham in Northumberland. Our producers come from within a 50 mile range of the town and they are all passionate about what they do. They make the products themselves using a high percentage of locally produced ingredients, so the meat you buy at Hexham Farmers’ Market is reared by the producer and the vegetables are locally grown. You can expect a chutney to have been made with locally grown vegetables or fruit.

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  • 21/12/2018 04:00 PM
  • Lancaster, UK

This winter something special is coming to Lancaster. The historic garden of Dalton Square will be transformed into an Ice Rink as Lancaster on Ice comes to town. Enjoy 6 weeks of entertainment, skating, food, drink and much more under the watchful gaze of Queen Victoria. We hope you’ll join us.

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  • £6
  • 16/12/2018 07:00 PM
  • Runcorn WA7 1BD, UK

The Band and Drums of Cheshire Constabulary invite you to join them for a spectacular evening of brass band music. There will be a varied programme from traditional Christmas carols to well known toe tapping songs. A festive evening of music for all the family to enjoy. Tickets include tea/coffee and mince pies. £6 per person For group bookings, please contact us directly. info@nortonpriory.org

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  • 09/12/2018 10:00 AM
  • Runcorn WA7 1BD, UK

Book now for fun filled festive delights with Elfie Doodles! Train to become one of Santa’s Elves with magic, music and merriment. Includes balloon reindeer wand workshop, candy cane, engraved medal and certificate for every child presented by Santa. £15.00 per child includes one free adult ticket. Additional adult ticket £5.00 Tickets include entry to museum. Different time slots available 10-11.30, 11.45-1.15, 1.45-3.15 or 3.30-5.00 Please book by calling 01928 569895 or online via eventbrite For group bookings, please contact us directly. info@nortonpriory.org

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  • £5
  • 08/12/2018 04:00 PM - 08/12/2018 06:00 PM
  • Runcorn WA7 1BD, UK

Get into the festive spirit with a fun round of Christmas carol singing with the Runcorn Community Choir in the atmospheric medieval undercroft at Norton Priory. Tickets must be purchased in advance. Call 01928 569 895 or buy online. £5 per person. For group bookings, please contact us directly. info@nortonpriory.org

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  • 08/12/2018 10:00 AM
  • Cockermouth, UK

Festive food fair with all the sights and smells you'd expect at Christmas. Main Street will be packed with giant marquees selling food, drink and pretty things for your Christmas table.

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  • £25
  • 02/12/2018 10:00 AM - 02/12/2018 01:00 PM
  • Runcorn WA7 1BD, UK

Learn the theory behind pruning your orchard trees with Katie Lowe from Heathfield Orchards, then have a go yourself, under Katie's expert supervision, in the grounds of Norton Priory. The course will provide participants with practical skills through hands-on experience and is open to anyone aged 16 or over. No prior knowledge of pruning is needed. £25 per person. Please book by calling 01928 569895 or online via eventbrite. For group bookings, please contact us directly. info@nortonpriory.org

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  • £25
  • 01/12/2018 10:00 AM - 01/12/2018 03:00 PM
  • Runcorn WA7 1BD, UK

While away a relaxing few hours creating stunning festive centrepieces for your table. You will learn how to design and create two festive decorations using the materials, resources and skills available at Norton Priory. Teas and coffees provided but not lunch. We have a lovely cafe available or you can bring your own picnic lunch. Please let us know about any relevant allergies. £25 per person. Please book by calling 01928 569895 or online via eventbrite. For group bookings, please contact us directly. info@nortonpriory.org

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  • 24/11/2018 10:59 AM - 25/11/2018 05:00 PM
  • Lowther, Penrith CA10 2HH, UK

Food, goodies, gifts, food, goodies, and more goodies. Come to Lowther during the last weekend of November and find some delightful items you might not stray across elsewhere. All set in the wonderful atmosphere of the Lowther courtyard.

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  • 18/11/2018 02:00 PM
  • Penrith, UK

Annual General Meeting and talk from Jane Maggs (Wild & Fruitful) about edible ornamental plants.

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  • 04/11/2018 11:00 AM
  • Back Green, Hesket Newmarket, Wigton CA7 8JG, UK
  • 28/09/2018 12:00 AM - 29/09/2018 12:00 AM
  • Cockermouth, UK

Established in 2010 Taste Cumbria is the county’s biggest annual food & drink festival. The annual flagship festival in Cockermouth sees local shops, restaurants, chefs and foodies join forces for a weekend long culinary celebration. Since then Taste Cumbria has spread its wings to include a whole calendar of events throughout the year.

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If you have questions or have an special requests, please get in touch. And we are now doing doing wedding favours, just get in touch with your requirements.

  • Hillside, Cuddy Lonning, Wigton, UK
  • CA7 0AA