With Christmas drawing closer, there is so much anticipation for the big day to finally arrive. The United Kingdom is renowned for having a fantastic source of fresh and local produce, and with it being the festive season, there is no better time to pick up some delicious ingredients to really make your Christmas dinner one to remember. There are countless regions that offer some of the best local produce, but none quite like Sussex!
Sussex is a large county situated in the south-east of England and is famous for its vibrant cities and towns. However, when heading into the countryside and away from the more popular areas of this county, you will be taken aback of how different these two parts of the county really are. Dotted around the Sussex countryside are an array of wonderful farms which are fantastic places to find fresh vegetables and other treats.
When searching for the best produce for your Christmas dinner, a farm shop can be the ideal place to pick up everything you need and more. One of the best things about a farm shop is that you can buy produce directly from where it was made (or at least very near to). Over the years they have developed greatly, stocking produce from all over the area and beyond. However, one thing that has never changed is the quality and freshness of the produce, and this is something that supermarkets just cannot compete with!
If you are looking at one of our Christmas treehouse holidays in Sussex or are just local to the area, we have tracked down some of the best places to find the best local produce for your Christmas dinner:
Perryhill Orchards, Hartfield
Perryhill Orchards boasts some of the best home-grown and local products in the area. The store specialises in a range of fruit and vegetables, fruit wines, jams, marmalades and curds and honey harvested from the hives in the orchard. In addition to chutneys and pickles, cakes, beers, local eggs, cheeses, breads and biscuits, dried fruits and nuts, homemade sweets, local ice creams and ready meals. Also on-site is a tea room, with views over Ashdown Forest, a handmade fireplace centre and traditional butchers offering ten varieties of sausages, game (while in season) and marinated meats.
However, it isn’t just delicious food you will find here as the shop sells three of their own ciders alongside more than 20 draught ciders and perries, with more than 35 bottled varieties.
Sharnfold Farm Shop, Near Eastbourne
Since opening in 2001, Sharnfold Farm Shop has built a fantastic customer base. One of the best things about the farm shop is that the fruit and vegetables on offer are picked fresh every day, and they even have a ‘pick your own’ option too; a fun activity for all!
Additionally, there is also a range of cards, gifts and plants, with Christmas trees available in December, plus a coffee shop serving breakfasts, lunches and afternoon tea, a farm trail and children’s play area.
What’s even better is that our very own Hoots Treehouse is located only a short drive away Sharnfold Farm Shop. This beautiful glamping abode is perfect if you are searching for an alternative way to spend your Christmas day.
Middle Farm Shop, Near Lewes
For over 50 years, Middle Farm’s shop has brought some of the best home-grown, home-produced meats, cheeses, dressings, pickles, preserves, confectionery and seasonal fruit and vegetables to its customers. The shop boasts the title of holding more Sussex produce than any other retailer within the county. Among their specialities is dairy products from their herds of Jersey cows, local fruit and vegetables, including the apples and pears which form the basis of their National Collection of Cider and Perry in the adjacent Cider Barn.
Fuller’s Farm Shop, Tunbridge Wells
The Fuller’s Farmshop in Tunbridge Wells offers a fantastic range of mouthwatering produce. The shop is filled with a full range of locally sourced meats from Sussex beef, lamb and free-range pork. The farm shop also has a well-stocked deli counter with cold meats, pies and many local cheeses. Additionally, you will find fruit and veg and lots of other groceries including beer and wine.
Bensfield Treehouse is located only a short drive Fuller’s Farm Shop and can the perfect abode if you are looking for a more romantic Christmas break with your loved one. As it has a fitted kitchen, you can cook up the most fantastic Christmas lunch!
Holmansbridge Farm Shop, Barcombe
Situated just north of Lewes, Holmansbridge Farm Shop is a local family business which strives themselves on a high-quality produce. Their farm shop is incredible because you can find a wide selection of fresh food, meat, dairy and fresh vegetables, and for their emphasis on having the finest local and British produce. Their in-house deli has a fine selection of cheeses, salamis, cured and cold meats from Britain, Italy and Spain.
Are you looking for an alternative Christmas break? We still have availability in a handful of our glamping abodes, including our treehouses. If you would like to know more, please get in touch with us on 01348 830 922,