The Producers: Flax Farm

PUBLISHED: 01:16 22 July 2011 | UPDATED: 19:18 20 February 2013

The Producers: Flax Farm

The Producers: Flax Farm

Clare Skelton is a passionate believer in the positive powers of linseed which is grown on her farm near Horsham. Kate Eastman went to find out more of the good things about flax

Flax Farm is situated in beautiful West Sussex countryside just south of Horsham. Established in 2004 by the founder Clare Skelton to sell a range of delicious and healthful foods made from the linseed (flax seed) they grow.
I founded Flax Farm six years ago, explains Clare, and since then the company has steadily grown. It was the linseed itself that inspired me; they tasted nice and even before I found out how good they were, there just seemed something special about them.
Before Clare discovered the wonders of flax she had a successful career in sales and was like so many women, juggling job, relationship, building the house she now lives in, and various family issues. Unfortunately various elements of Clares life went pop around the same time, including redundancy, the death of her mother and a messy divorce.
At that time when I was stressed and generally run-down, just by coincidence a friend had just discovered how important Omega-3 was and gave me some linseed oil, describes Clare. I had nothing to lose so I started taking it and quickly noticed a huge improvement in my skin condition, I was prone to rosacea, which vanished along with all my other symptoms including depression and a bad back. That prompted me to take more notice of my overall diet, so my general health improved and it went from strength to strength, and my enthusiasm for linseed grew.
Flax Farms range of products is based on fresh cold-pressed oil and freshly ground seeds. They sell whole and freshly ground seeds and make the ground seeds into their own mixes of mueslis and porridges. The standard mueslis and porridges contain oats but they also produce gluten-free varieties with quinoa instead. They also produce products for the animal market including cold-pressed oil for horses and dogs, which can improve their health and well being as it does for us.
Flax Farms most popular product is their Flaxjacks. Clare started making these as a way to show people what could be done by using the ground seeds in cooking and despite her not wanting a baking business, they have now taken on a life of their own! Clare also makes gluten-free ones that are suitable for coeliacs and those with special dietary requirements.
Each Flaxjack has the same amount of Omega-3 as a mackerel and even better fibre than a bowl of bran flakes, explains Clare. They release energy slowly so they are very sustaining which means you feel fuller for longer. Once people taste the oil and get the benefits, they are hooked. We havent really promoted the mueslis and porridges but people who discover them buy them in huge quantities. People love them for the taste, theyre so sustaining and people really feel so much better for eating them, which is just what Flax Farm is all about: great tasting food that is better for you and makes you feel good.
Clares favourite Flaxjack is the gooey date and quinoa chocolate tiffin, I made them for myself as a treat so I can have something delicious with a coffee when I get to market because even oats don't really agree with me.


For more information or to order some flax go to www.flaxfarm.co.uk or visit Infinity Foods in Brighton to find the oil and seeds.


Another Sussex linseed producer
High Barn Oils,
Muntham Home Farm, Barns Green, Horsham, West Sussex, RH13 0NH
Telephone 01403 730 326,
Fax 01403 732 749
Email info@highbarnoils.co.uk
www.highbarnoils.co.uk
Durwin Banks is the owner of High Barn Oils, he supplies linseed oil from their family-owned farm in West Sussex. They supply linseed pods and culinary linseed oil direct to customers throughout the United Kingdom.

Most Read

Most Read

Latest from the Sussex Life