Devon and Cornwall

Devon and Cornwall

As millions of holidaymakers head to England’s southwest in search of sandy beaches, surf and sunshine this summer, Devon and Cornwall spends time with the people who call these amazing counties home. From farmers and fishermen to artisans and adventurers, this series takes us from heather-clad moors to golden sandy beaches to celebrate more of the people who live and work in these proud counties. In this episode, we meet fruit and veg farmers Wendy Murray and Andy Knight, who have a passion for growing the peculiar. On their smallholding in Morval, near the Cornish seaside town of Looe, Wendy and Andy are already growing ambitious crops such as cucamelons – a grape-sized fruit that’s a cross between a cucumber and a melon. This year, they’re experimenting with tomatillos – a Mexican fruit that looks like a tomato but with a savoury flavour. They’re gambling that this exotic produce will catch on with the public – but can they tickle the taste buds of shoppers at Liskeard’s Farmers’ Market? And will the pair manage to win a lucrative contract with one of Cornwall’s biggest fruit and veg wholesalers? In Devon’s Coly Valley, farmer and builder Martin Banks is tasked with helping to restore an ancient stone wall at Dunkeswell Abbey. The ruins of the Cistercian abbey date back to the 13th century and, along with his cousin Nigel, Martin’s rebuilding a drystone wall from scratch to preserve it for future generations. In the port of Brixham, fisherman Fraser Pugh is also hoping to grow his business of supplying hand-dived scallops. Fraser’s now selling his sustainable seafood at foodie fairs and farmers’ markets, and demand is on the up, so to ensure he can keep supplying his scallops, he’s invested in a bigger boat. However, no matter the size of your boat, the unpredictable weather can mean you’re not guaranteed to land a bumper catch. Meanwhile, in South Molton, close to the north Devon coast, farmers and Exmoor pony breeders Sarah and Rob Taylor face a crucial inspection that could determine the future of their herd. Their youthful stallion Dickie is up for inspection, to size up whether he’s a good enough specimen to carry forward the pedigree breeding lineage.

Devon and Cornwall – Friday 8pm on Channel 4

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