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Countryfile’s Helen Skelton leaves BBC viewers FUMING with trip to farm shop – but can you spot why?

COUNTRYFILE host Helen Skelton was plunged into a sticky sweet spot on the latest episode of the BBC show.

The presenter headed north for a segment on shopping local, calling in at the Crag House Farm Shop in Leeds to talk about their home-made goods.

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Countryfile host Helen Skelton got stung by viewers in the latest BBC One episode[/caption]

The BBC show was aiming to help people increase the prominence of the countryside in their everyday routines – with delicious rural food products appearing a relatively easy option.

Mum of two Helen, 37, admitted the mission was close to her heart.

Wearing a green face mask while she was in-store, she told the camera: “It’s the new year and resolutions are bound where we decide to make better choices not least about our shopping.

“Our independent stores have had a tough time of late and our farmers face an uncertain future.

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The mum of two revealed her 2021 pledge to shop local as she visited a farm shop in Leeds[/caption]
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The camera panned onto two selections of Yorkshire blossom honey[/caption]
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Helen flagged the tasty treat – with a £6.99 price tag – and said how honey could be hard to find in supermarkets[/caption]

“So this year my resolution is to support my local whenever I’m able.”

She added: “We love supermarkets. They’re convenient, you can get everything under one roof and they’re cheap,” Helen continued.

“But alongside them sits small independents and they need our help now more than ever.”

As she spoke, the camera panned onto a host of foodie items adorning the shelves, including honey, tomato puree and chutney.

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Fans took to Twitter to react in fury to the price tag[/caption]
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Many claimed they could not ‘afford’ to shop local with those prices[/caption]

Helen selected one of the Yorkshire-produced Blossom honey varieties and told how it was priced at £6.99, as she added good-quality honey could sometimes be difficult to find in stores.

The BBC host added: “Admittedly farm shops aren’t always the cheapest but you will find things here that you won’t find anywhere else and most of it comes directly from local producers.”

Yet the price tag proved more sickly than sweet to some viewers, who took to Twitter to moan.

One posted: “Buy local .. Honey for £6.99. Would buy local if I could afford to do in these places.”

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Tim Parkinson of Crag House Farm told how honey may be cheaper elsewhere but asked if those products had the same ‘care and attention’ poured into them[/caption]

Another posted: “You lost me at £7 for some f**king honey,” as a third put: “Meat I pick from butchers, but there’s no way i’m gonna pay 7 quid for a jar of honey or jam! lol.”

A witty Countryfile fan then wrote: “£6 for a jar of honey. Well stung there.”

One then surmised: “£6.99 for a jar of honey?!? Local honey in #milstead is just £3.50.”

Addressing any price concerns early on in the show, Tim Parkinson of Crag House said: “Yes you may be able to buy something cheaper but has it been hand-reared? Has it been looked after? Is the care and attention there?”

Countryfile airs at 6pm every Sunday on BBC One.

 

 

 





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