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Stir Up Sunday with Local Food Britain member Bartie's Sussex Faire on November 26, as seen in Sussex lifestyle magazine Etc

This tradition harks back to Victorian times when the family gathered to stir the Christmas pudding and make a wish. If you are planning to make you own, Local Food Britain member John `Bartie’ Bartlett of Bartie’s Sussex Faire, based in Ardingly, has these top tips:

“Always buy the highest quality dried fruit you can possibly afford - it will make a huge difference to the final pudding. And always use the freshest eggs*, and if you are including cherries in your recipe, opt for natural coloured ones.”

If home-baking isn’t your forte, then Bartie will be bringing his Christmas puddings – as well as his tempting range of preserves, chutneys and a Christmas mincemeat - to 14 different farmers markets and food fairs in Sussex this month, including the Weald & Downland Living Museum Christmas Market on November 24 to 26.

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Keeping it local

All Bartie's Sussex Faire products (numbering around 80) are home-made using seasonal ingredients from the counties of Sussex and Kent. Some fruits are grown in owner John's own garden and those of friends and neighbours to make it a truly local affair.