Food, Drink, Natural Medicines and Crafts Produced in North Yorkshire

At The Dispensary shop and our sister online shop The Futurehealth Store, we are committed to LOVE – Local, Organic, Vegetarian/Vegan and Ethical wherever possible!

We stock a range of locally sourced products which include:

  • Medicines from the beehive – produced by Beevital in Whitby.
  • Natural skincare products – produced by Sweet Cecily’s in Whitby
  • Local honeys – from various local apiaries including Beezneez at Malton, Little Scout honey from Fryup in the Esk Valley, The Beeshed at Castleton and Will Atkinson at Egton.
  • Locally roasted coffee – produced by Baytown Coffee, near Whitby.
  • Organic vegetables – from Newfields Organic Farm, Fadmoor, near Helmsley.
  • Organic sourdough and yeasted bread from Breaking Bread Bakery – our joint project with Esk Valley Camphill Community, situated in a micro bakery at the rear of our shop on Skinner Street, Whitby.
  • Cards and books by local artists and authors.

Beevital – medicines from the beehive.

Beevital is based in Whitby and is a brand of medicines and supplements, known as apiceuticals, which come from the beehive. Beevital is part of Nature’s Laboratory, where CEO James Fearnley has been researching and making natural medicines for over 30 years. James is also a director of Common Cause which runs The Dispensary Health Shop and Futurehealth Store. James brings a wealth of expertise and experience in regard to bee medicines as he has written two books on the subject of propolis, has been involved in research into propolis with several universities and spoken on the subject at many international conferences.

BeeVital Propolis Products

Propolis is a resinous substance that honeybees produce. They gather resins from trees and plants, then process it through their own bodies into a sticky substance which they use to keep the hive free from infection. Propolis has been found to have therapeutic uses in humans too, having anti-inflammatory, anti-fungal, anti-bacterial, immune-boosting and other beneficial properties. James has also been instrumental in setting up the organisation IPRG (International Propolis Research Group) which has organised international conferences on the subject of propolis, he also sits as the representative for the UK on the ISO committee looking at standards for propolis. Beevital is a world leader in propolis research and uses this expertise to develop natural medicines to aid a range of common health complaints in addition to specific products to support oral health. We are very happy that we are able to offer these products for sale in our health shop in Whitby and through our sister online shop Futurehealth Store. We stock propolis in many different forms tincture, liquid, water soluble, tablets, capsules, throat sprays, cream, lip balm, mouthwash, toothpaste, B-Gel (a ground-breaking gel which sticks to the oral mucosa) and propolis honey. We also stock Beevital pollen which is an amazing natural food containing a range of substances including vitamins, minerals and protein. We stock pollen in granules, capsules and as pollen honey.

Sweet Cecily’s

Sweet Cecily’s is a pioneering natural skincare company which is based in Whitby. It is part of Nature’s Laboratory and produces a range of high quality natural skincare products including hand and face creams, lip balms, toners, body butters, face masks, soothing bath infusions and very popular Make–Your-Own kits for products such as face masks, lip balms and body scrubs. The Sweet Cecily’s team strives to produce products free from harmful additives and all their products are produced in small batches with great care taken to ensure high quality.

Sweet Cecily’s use various kinds of plants and herbs known for their beneficial properties regarding skincare. They also produce a popular soothing skin cream which contains propolis, well-known of its antibacterial, anti-fungal and anti-inflammatory effects.

Sweet Cecily’s Natural Skincare

As well as being effective skincare products the Sweet Cecily’s range is beautifully packaged and very popular as gifts, especially the fun lip balms (in flavours which include espresso martini, earl grey, gin & tonic, plus many more) and the make your own lip balm kits which have proved a hit as Christmas presents with the young and not so young!

Local Honeys

We are very grateful to the honeybee for producing such health-giving and beautiful honey and sharing some of it with us. We regard the honeybee as an extraordinary and complex being and are indebted to its selfless work of pollination without which our food supply would soon diminish.

We pride ourselves on stocking honeys local to our area surrounding Whitby and the area of the North York Moors.

One of our main suppliers of local honey is the Beezneez Apiary which is situated near Malton, on their own fruit farm and is run by Allan and his family.

Bees

We stock a range of Beezneez honeys, which is always very popular, and includes a runny flower honey, a soft set honey, a moors honey (you can smell the heather fragrance) and a variety of smaller honeys with a twist –  honeys with ginger, whisky, chilli and aniseed.

When available we also stock beautiful local honeys from Julie at Little Scout Honey, Marion at The Bee Shed and Will from Egton. These honeys are available in smaller quantities and are keenly sought after.

Baytown Coffee

We have supported the Baytown Coffee Company since they first came into being in 2013, when we ran our health shop from a smaller premises on Hunter Street in Whitby. It was started by four friends who wanted to provide good quality and ethically produced coffee on the Yorkshire Coast. Although a fairly young company, the people involved have a lot of coffee expertise, being linked with HR Higgins Ltd suppliers of coffee to the Queen. The beans are hand roasted and you can buy them either as beans or ground. The company puts importance on fairness and traceability and that growers are paid above the fair trade minimums, so they work directly with farmers and importers who share their values. They give an example of Coope Tarrazu RL, a Costa Rican cooperative that was established in 1970 by 228 small coffee farms. Now it’s a major contributor to the economic development of the Los Santos region of Tarrazu. Around 10,000 people work with the coop, which looks after the interest of these small producers.

Baytown Coffee believes it has a moral responsibility to make a positive social impact on the communities in which it operates, whether that be the Yorkshire coast or the places it buys its coffee from. At the moment it is working with Dalewood, a charitable trust, which offers support services for adults with learning disabilities in the Whitby area. Baytown coffee is working with Dalewood on its café and communications to increase its appeal and income.

In The Dispensary shop we stock a range of Baytown Coffee in both beans and ground varieties.

The most popular is definitely Boggle Hole, a deep robust coffee, followed by The Bolts, an intense espresso, but closely chased by Albion Street, with ripe cherry tones, Coxswain (a donation is made to the lifeboat charity for every sale), Ness Point (Decaff) and Bay Bank (Organic). The Jingle Blend at Christmas is also seasonally popular with its flavours of spices and nuts and a hint of chocolate orange.

Organic vegetables from Newfields Farm, Fadmoor

Every Tuesday afternoon one of the team drives over to Newfields Organic Farm at Fadmoor and picks up a selection of vegetables that have been grown on the farm. Recently we have had some delicious bunched carrots, beetroot, onions, cabbages and kale. While we are there we also pick up an order from wholesaler Organic North, which includes items we cannot get locally such as lemons, figs, oranges, bananas and other fruit and veg from farther afield. We also pick up organic free range eggs and milk. Our display of organic fruit and vegetables is impressive and we have a steadily growing local following, which we would like to increase!

Organic sourdough and yeasted breads from Breaking Bread Bakery, Whitby

The bakery opened in 2018 and in January 2019 Lukas, Daniel and Ruairidh proudly carried through our first organic sourdough breads for sale in The Dispensary health shop. Baked in our micro bakery at the back of the shop, they were the first produce of Breaking Bread Bakery – a joint project between the Esk Valley Camphill Community* and Common Cause Community Interest Company (which runs The Dispensary shop).

It was an emotional moment. Years of planning, followed by crowd-funding and private donations, converting, equipping and testing had brought us to that special day. The loaves smelled magnificent. I watched our customers reactions as they wandered into the shop. They stopped, took a deep breath and smelled the air, remarked on the beautiful aroma of freshly baked bread and admired the crusty loaves as we described each type in detail. There’s a trio of sourdoughs; Country Seeded, Czech Sourdough (specially from our baker Lukas who hails from the Czech Republic), and Volkornbrot, a dark German rye bread. In addition some prefer our large yeasted Malthouse bread, perfect for toast. We now also offer wholemeal and gluten free loaves on certain days.

Our Bread

I am moved by how fundamental good bread is to nourishing not only our physical bodies, but our souls. Customers share their memories, indeed often smelling and holding the bread in a way reminiscent of childhood, hugging the parcel to themselves like a treasure and commenting that it probably won’t last until they get home. It has been described by some as the staff of life and we see this connection rekindled. Our customers are delighted to share their own experiences of baking. Bread is again personal, we have a relationship with it, we know where it is made and who is making it. We know it is made with love, care and a reverence for the craft and the place that bread holds for us, in our culture, in our psyche, and in our hearts.

At present Breaking Bread bakes on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays and supplies our not for profit shop, The Dispensary, at 25 Skinner Street, Whitby, Danby Health Shop and the Esk Valley Camphill Community, in addition to Lythe Community shop and The Railway Community Shop. We are in the process of reaching out to other shops and cafes and intend to expand our production, once we have an additional oven. We also hope to open up opportunities for our communities to get more involved with the baking and also, in time, to offer classes and workshops in baking. If you’re interested in ordering bread, finding out more or getting involved, contact us at info@thedispensary.org.uk

All our bread is baked using certified organic flour.

*Esk Valley Camphill Community is a not-for-profit organisation where people of all abilities have chosen to live, work and celebrate life together. The community comprises 19 households in Danby Dale and runs Danby Health Shop, a bio-dynamic garden and a craft room.

Cards and books by local artists and authors

We are very pleased to be able to showcase some of the area’s local talent in the form of cards by local artists and books by local authors.

We stock beautiful Anne Ward cards which are a variety of hand-painted and printed cards depicting scenes from the coast and Esk Valley. Anne very recently moved away from Whitby, but she lived in the area for many years and her cards are so popular and expressive of the local landscapes that we wanted to continue stocking them.

We also stock cards and books by local artist and author Maria Silmon. Maria works in the mediums of photography and montage, creating images inspired by the natural world. Her overriding passion and inspiration is an observance of the life force and energy inherent in all things.  Her curiosity leads her to explore the paths of energy within the earth, to the awe-inspiring formation of rock, and flower, water and  air – as well as the energy field of the human being. She explains ”I find my inspiration from walks in nature, in forests, on cliff tops looking out to sea, sitting under the stars and under moons, and ambling through areas of wilderness and  flowers.” All of Maria’s work is produced with earth-conscious means, and carry earth, people and animal-friendly credentials.

We also stock popular Whitby Celtic themed cards by Anthony Hodgson who is originally from the local area.

We stock a small selection of books by local authors, including writers Elizabeth Cheyne whose work includes the history of theatre in Whitby and Alastair Laurence, a local historian who has written books on local villages including Egton and Danby.

Finally, we are always open to stocking new local products that are in keeping with our ethos, such as keyrings, from our youngest supplier, Edmund, who handmakes these very useful items and is also a keen bird-watcher!