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Some of the best farm shops in Sussex

11:20 10 May 2016

Crossbush Farm Shop

Crossbush Farm Shop


We love to celebrate all things Sussex, so we’ve rounded up a few farm shops in the county where you can find a whole range of fantastic local produce.

Salts Farm Shop, East Guldeford

This well-stocked farm shop near Rye sells a great range of produce from the local area. In May (2016) local asparagus will be on sale along with barbecue food and locally made charcoal. One of their most popular products is half lambs, available in autumn either fresh or frozen. The cafe hosts events including a monthly book club and a weekly coffee morning.


Crossbush Farm Shop, near Arundel

This well-stocked farm shop also has a lovely café attached where you can catch up with friends and family. They stock organic fruit and veg from Wayside Organics in Oving, beef from Crossbush Farm and Knepp Castle and milk from Goodwood Estate. Wines, beers and liqueurs are from Sussex too. The cakes and pastries served in the café are from Loaf and Leaf in Bognor Regis. Children will love the rescued animals on the mini farm - they can feed them too with special feed bought in the shop.

01903 883991; crossbushfarm.co.uk

Denniker Farm Shop, Fletching

The aim at Denniker Farm Shop is to provide top quality, individually sourced meat and other products from local suppliers wherever possible, including on the farm itself, where they produce as much free range pork and lamb as they can.

The butchery is run by Graham Smith, formally of High Street Fletching, who continues to prepare top quality meat, including the locally renowned Fletching Banger. As well as selling meat in the shop, they also supply the award-winning Griffin Inn in Fletching, The Hurstwood in High Hurstwood and the Lamb at Piltdown.

01825 722038; www.denniker.co.uk

Hen on the Gate, Mayfield

As they put it, “if you value quality, traceability and authenticity you can do no better!” and it certainly is a charming place to visit. From woodland-reared pork and home-cured smoked meats to “the best free range organic bronze turkeys you will ever taste”, everything is made to exacting standards on their own farm.

01435 874849; www.henonthegate.com

Goodwood Organic Farm Shop, Goodwood

Set at the heart of the 12,000 acre estate, Goodwood Home Farm is the largest lowland organic farm in the UK. It achieved full organic status in 2004 and boasts the first dairy herd to be totally organically fed in this country.

The farm shop’s door is open to customers who are after the dairy, ales and meat products that are produced by the team at Goodwood. However, due to growing demand for their goods to be delivered elsewhere or collected in larger quantities, they are now only available for you to buy when pre-ordered. So check out their extensive range on the website, and then drop in to collect your spoils.

01243 755153; www.goodwood.com/goodwood-home-farm

Heaven Farm Shop, Uckfield

Tracey and Graham are on hand to offer you the warmest of welcomes in this charming little enterprise not far from the Bluebell Railway. There’s a fantastic farm shop selling all the essentials and some little luxuries, all made locally, but also a craft shop, a camp site, a farm museum, nature trail and even a restaurant and tea room. We recommend setting aside at least a whole morning to enjoy all that’s there on offer.

01825 790331; www.heavenfarmshop.co.uk

Garlic Wood Farm Butchery, Steyning

Wherever possible their produce is sourced from carefully selected partner producers farming slow maturing native and rare-breed livestock. Whether it’s free-roaming grass-fed Longhorn beef from the Knepp Castle estate, lamb from the flower-rich meadows of the Sussex Weald or local rare-breed free-range pork.

Having sourced the finest meat from the best producers, their team of butchers age and prepare everything on site – from traditional roasting joints right through to the curing of their own bacon, gammons and salt-beef. You can buy online too, and even have a go at butchery yourself on one of their courses.

01903 812685; www.garlicwoodfarm.co.uk

Rushfields Farm Shop, Poynings

The shop stocks award-winning homemade pies, cooked daily in the kitchen; sausages made by their own butcher; and artisan breads cooked in their own bakery. But that really is just the tip of the iceberg. All their meats are locally sourced, and the beef in the shop is from just down the road at Grange Farm, Poynings. It is hung for 21 days. They’ve got a great range of Sussex cheeses too, but there’s lots, lots more besides.

01273 857445; www.rushfields.com

Townings Farm Shop, North Chailey

Their logo reads, “meat for the connoisseur”, and they have plenty of it. They specialise in meat from traditional breeds, which are reared on the farm as naturally as possible to give the very best flavour. This includes lamb and mutton from Hebridean and Southdown sheep; beef from Sussex and Longhorn cattle; pork from traditional English breeds of pigs; and turkey from slow-grown, home-reared turkeys.

Vegetables are sourced locally wherever possible and pumpkins are grown on the farm. There are lots of other treats in the shop too, including cheese, milk and ice cream, ham, preserves, apple and pear juice. They even sell knitting wool from their own sheep.

01444 471352; www.towningsfarm.co.uk

West Dean Stores

Sally and Brodie Pearmaine sell high quality local produce and offer a lifeline to many local people. The shop also has a tearoom that sells reputedly delicious cakes. Local resident Marcella Craven says: “Sally and Brodie are so welcoming and friendly. They have created an amazing atmosphere and sense of community. It is a joy to be able to visit them and buy their produce.”

01243 811233; www.westdeanstores.co.uk

Grange Farm, Funtington

They sell their own fruit and vegetables, straight from their gardens, fields and orchards, as well as a wide variety of produce from other Sussex growers. You can pick your own fruit through the summer too. To their credit, The Timesvoted Grange Farm one of the top 30 farm shops in Britain – quite the accolade, which we feel is well deserved.

01243 575372; www.grangefarmshop.com

Eggs to Apples, Hurst Green

This newly-opened shop is a member of the Guild of Fine Foods. They will focus on fresh, local and seasonal food based on the key principles of quality, traceability and affordability, while at the same time keeping up with global food trends.

The name Eggs to Apples comes from the Latin phrase Ab ovo usque ad mala, literally translated as “from egg to apples”, meaning from the start of the meal to the end. Eggs to Apples offers the feel of an outdoor market in a beautiful and environmentally focused indoor space. As Susannah Hewett, one of the shop’s owners puts it, “Eggs to Apples is the farm shop come of age. This is about the full basket shop and allowing our customers to buy everything they need to cook and eat fantastic food using high quality, affordable and where possible locally-sourced produce from within Kent and Sussex.”

07779 014720; info@eggstoapples.co.uk

Plaw Hatch Farm Shop, Sharpethorne

Peruse a full range of Plaw Hatch Farm’s produce such as milk, cheese and yoghurt, meat, fruit and vegetables, eggs and even sheep’s wool, when in season. They sell meat from Tablehurst Farm and source from other local biodynamic and organic producers whenever possible. An extensive range is available, including juices, sheep and goats’ dairy produce, honey and freshly baked bread, cakes and biscuits. The team aims to supply high-quality farm produce to the local community and to provide a friendly, knowledgeable service.

01342 810201

Bluebell Farm Shop, Bates Green Farm, Arlington

Michael and Philippa run this extremely friendly little enterprise, which has everything you’d expect from a farm shop and much more. Their passion for locally-grown and sourced quality ingredients means that the shop stocks a range of exciting foods, from home-made sausages, pies and tarts to artisan, hand-made bread and delicious cakes. Essentials such as olive oil, spices and herbs, charcuterie, flavoured oils and vinegars, coffee, rice, pasta, pulses, flour and eggs are always available too. Pre-order Philippa’s takeaway food service, which can include tarts, cakes, casseroles, pies and speciality breads.

01323 483145; www.bluebellfarmshop.co.uk


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