A long time ago, when I was new to the world of facebook, I met a woman called Kathryn Evans. I had been for a walk and seen a fox and Kathryn had seen that I had posted a picture of the fox on my facebook wall. She told me her son believed in fairies, but not in foxes, because he had never seen one. And so the myth of the strawberry fox was born.
Now, everyone knows that what a fox loves more to eat, even more than a fresh chicken, is strawberries and Kathryn just happens to have the most excellent strawberry farm. Looking around for a way to market these strawberries to escape the supermarkets Kathryn lit upon the idea of fruit by post, to celebrate birthdays, Christenings, weddings, anniversaries, new born baby arrivals, success, friendship, love, anything. And she asked me if she could use an image I had painted that was inspired by what her son had said.
Even better than that I said, let me do some artwork for you.
Now Strawberry Fox are up and running, with loads of different ideas and raspberries and strawberries all in a box, with chocolate and prosecco and handmade bowls to melt chocolate in to dip the berries. And what berries too! They remind me of what fruit tasted like when I was a child. Rich and sweet and gorgeous. Some come with a small strawberry fox and soon also will have board books of Can You See a Little Bear, to celebrate new baby arrivals. A brilliant idea from a wonderful lady with a fantastic farm.
Luckily I get to test some of the products, and today this arrived. Beautifully wrapped, with Strawberry fox parcel tape.
A suitcase with a label.
Inside a small nose peeped out.
And there was a box.
Inside the box, raspberries covered with chocolate.
And how did they taste? Delicious. Crisp chocolate on the outside, sharp tasty raspberries with a white chocolate filling that had something else inside that had a tang about it that was just so lovely. Gorgeous, delicious, decadent, beautiful.
And a lovely hand thrown pot too, for melting chocolate in to dip fruit into.
When they launched the Strawberry folk sent me a hamper by way of celebration, with strawberries and wine and chocolate and this too was splendid luxury.
Thanks Strawberry Fox. You are divine.
And here are the very foxy people themselves indulging in a little strawberry research. It’s a tough job, but someone has to do it.