Down on the farm: where to buy local produce
PUBLISHED: 10:29 20 April 2011 | UPDATED: 19:13 20 February 2013
Sussex abounds with fabulous farm shops - we recommend some of our favourites
Wobblegate Farm Shop
The Old Mill Farm is famous for its seven varieties of hand-pressed 100% pure Wobblegate apple juice, which is sold to local shops, cafes and bars. The farm shop stocks the juice, the farms own locally-grown fruit and vegetables, local meat, and store cupboard ingredients such as jam, honey, chutney and condiments.
The farms own Wobblegate cider will launch in early summer to coincide with the reopening of the refurbished tearoom and cider garden.
Tel: 01444 881356
Over the Farm Gate
Over the Farm Gate specialises in Gloucestershire Old Spot and owner Sara Striven prides herself on her home-produced meat and pork sausages. The shop also stocks local cheeses, milk and cream and home baking, including cakes, biscuits, pies, pasties and sausage rolls.
There will be a taster day at the farm on 1 May to promote all summer products, including ice cream, sauces, kebabs, sausages and burgers. The latest addition to the farm is a small tearoom serving teas, coffees, cakes and light lunches.
Thur - Sun 10-4.30
Tel: 01903 812241
Family-owned Russells was established in 1929 as a grower and supplier of fresh produce, and the company is still trading from its original Mid Sussex site. Now concentrating on the supply end of the business, Russells provides a full and comprehensive range of fresh seasonal fruit and vegetables sourced from local producers, suppliers and wholesalers. Local eggs and organic produce are also available and, perhaps best of all, a delivery service operates six days a week.
Shoreham Farmers Market
This very popular market celebrates its tenth anniversary in July. Over the past decade the market, held on the second Saturday of each month, has become one of the most successful and largest farmers markets in Sussex with over 70 producers regularly attending each month.
Due to works taking place to create an improved pedestrian friendly environment the Farmers Market will be located at Pond Road Shoreham (Outside the Shoreham Centre) until June.
Second Saturday of the month, 9am-1pm
Adsdean Farm Shop
This 300 acre farm run is situated on the South Downs with views across the Solent. Farmer Tim Hoare keeps 70 outdoor sows, with progeny fattened to pork weight, and 70 fattening cattle. Tims father established the farm shop in 1970 and it now sells beef and pork, butchered on site, as well as homemade sausages and home-cured bacon and gammon. Lamb comes from the farm next door. The family prepares and cooks meats, hams, ox-tongue, salt beef and pastrami. All game comes from Adsdean, or neighbouring farms.
Wed - Fri 9-5
Sat - 9-4
Tel: 01243 575212
Cowdray Farm Shop and Caf
The Michelin star-experienced chef team in the newly extended caf kitchen at Cowdray Farm Shop and Caf has created a new spring menu based on produce from the Cowdray Estate and surrounding area. Dishes such as flame grilled Cowdray rump steak with barnaise butter, chips and watercress, and interesting seasonal salads showcase the best local ingredients.
Ice cream is made in the kitchen using the estates own milk, sorbets are made from seasonal fresh fruit, and juice is pressed to order.
Mon - Sun 9-5
Cowdray Farm Shop and Caf
Tel: 01730 815152
Built by the village for the local community, Lodsworth Larder is fully stocked with a range of delicious Sussex produce and everyday items, including fish, delicatessen, vegetables, and provisions.
The shop building was completed in November 2009 by Ben Law, who has appeared on Channel 4s Grand Designs, together with his team of apprentices and local volunteers using local, sustainable wood.
Lodsworth Larder is run by volunteers and two part time managers. The aim of the shop is to provide as much local produce as possible to customers, reducing car miles travelling to the nearest towns.
Tel: 01798 861947
Winner of the Food Producer of the Year category at the Sussex Food and Drink Awards 2010/11, Carolines Dairy produces handmade ice cream from Chalder Farm, at the margins of Pagham Harbour Nature Reserve. The 350 cows on the farm produce 2.8 million litres of milk a year.
Carolines delicious ice cream is available at numerous local pubs and restaurants and can be bought directly from the farm if you call in advance. Alternatively, email Caroline for a list of your local stockists.
Tel: 01243 641001
Middle Farm is perhaps most famous for cider (its own label is Pookhill). The farm shop stocks a variety of meats including home-produced beef, pork and lamb, and a butcher is always available to make sure that you get exactly the cut you want. Choose from 20 different varieties of sausages, or try wild boar, pheasant or venison. The shop has a wide selection of British cheeses.
The bakery produces a range of bread, cakes, scones, fruit and savoury pies (some gluten-free) and complete meals for you to cook at home.
Tel: 01323 811411