From east London coffee roasters to E17 bakers, we’re proud to champion the stories of the local artisans and ethical suppliers that we work with at the Larder. So each month, our Q&A series ‘In the Larder with…’ looks at some of our most loved suppliers so you can get to know the people behind the goods on our shelves.
This month we talk to Jenny Costa – the founder of sustainable condiments company Rubies in the Rubble!
Hi Jenny, tell us more about Rubies in the Rubble…
I founded Rubies in the Rubble in 2012 after reading about the problem of food waste and understanding more about the amount of discarded produce at fruit & veg markets across London.
Having been brought up on a sustainable, small farm on the South West of Scotland and with food very close to our heart, I couldn’t believe the scale of the problem of food waste. I knew I had to do something tasty to try to make a difference and raise awareness of the need to value our food supply better.
Fast forward 8 years and we now work directly with farmers, taking crops that would otherwise go to waste, often for being the wrong shape, size or colour. We make a delicious range of ketchups, mayos, & relishes – many of which have won awards! We are so passionate about making the BEST tasting condiments at the same time as making a huge impact to cutting food waste.
What’s your favourite Larder order?
My go to would be The Monty’s – slightly toasted sourdough, good strong Montgomery cheddar and onion chutney.
… and how do you like your coffee?
Piping hot and black from a good, freshly ground bean.Image source: Harper Collins
What would we find you reading while sipping your coffee?
I’m currently nose deep into a book called Eleanor Oliphant is Completely fine and I’m completely gripped! Otherwise, I love The Week or catching up on sustainable blogger ideas.
Can you share some of your favourite local finds?
Walking around Walthamstow Wetlands with my son almost takes me back to my rural Scottish upbringing! Conservatory archives is such a beautiful plant shop and East of Eden for yoga. The Owl in Chingford has the post idyllic views. The perfect place to warm up on a winter walk.