How did it all begin?
Joshua’s has grown extensively since its humble beginnings 30 years ago. The business was born when experienced organic farmers Mark and Jude Essame returned to England after 5 years growing fruit and vegetables in New Zealand. They set up home in Ottery St Mary in East Devon and started growing and selling their own organic vegetables and flowers. Three decades later, the family store is now run by two of Mark and Jude’s children.
As well as the fresh fruit and vegetables that Joshua’s has alway sold, we now stock a huge range of store ingredients, from pulses and dried fruits, to delicious chutneys and jams, baking ingredients, quality biscuits and confectionary, drinks and much more. Many of our customers travel for miles to find some of our more unusual and exotic ingredients.
A new kitchen was built in 2003 to expand the range of home cooked ready meals, which now includes several award-winning products. The meals are made without additives or preserves, include meat from quality sources humanely reared and free-range, and fresh local vegetables. Joshua’s deli counter is always stocked with homemade fresh pasties, quiches and pies, and a delicious range of cheeses. Joshua’s scrumptious homemade cakes are another reason to visit the store. The smell of freshly baked tarts, scones and flapjacks is irresistible!
Another area of the store which has expanded over the years is our homeware section, which includes practical and unusual items for your home, quirky and interesting gifts, organic beauty products and traditional toys and games for children.
During the pandemic we also expanded into selling books and electric bicycles. So really can get everything under one roof!
What are the values behind Joshua’s?
Our objective has always been to promote a healthy lifestyle that has minimum impact on the environment. However, Joshua’s isn’t just about healthy eating, there is also a strong emphasis on enjoying food, eating a varied diet and trying the more unusual delights. We promote healthy eating , but we also know that everyone enjoys being naughty once in a while! We also take great care when choosing our stock. We support local suppliers and those with an environmentally friendly attitude. Every item Joshua’s sells is carefully chosen using strict criteria and high quality standards. We want to share our excitement of food and beautiful objects. Our staff will always take the time to talk to you about our products and make your visit a satisfying experience in a relaxed and friendly atmosphere.