Whole Hog Butchery Course
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Gavin Leigh, the Stansted Farm Shop butcher, will demonstrate how to butcher a whole pig into the different cuts, as well as making sausages and bacon. The saddleback was reared on the Stansted Estate, feeding on (amongst other things) leftovers from the shop in a free range pasture. Gavin is … Read More

Hedgerow Foraging Course
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The Hedgerow Foraging Course will be run by Christine from the Hedgerow Apothecary. After meeting at the farm shop, the group will walk through the Stansted Estate gathering rosehips and elderberries while Christine discusses foraging and pointing out different plants, fruits and herbs and their uses. Once you have collected … Read More

Local Fruit and Veg Glut
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We currently have 42 varieties of fruit and veg in the shop at the moment, with the vast majority being grown on local farms. And as they are all in peak season, the prices are low, even compared with the mass produced, air-freighted supermaket fare. On the veg side, we … Read More

Local, sustainable and organic BEER
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A cold glass of beer at the end of a hot summer’s day can give untold pleasure, especially when it tastes fantastic and is brewed in Sussex with local ingredients. The Hepworth Brewery in Horsham has a cracking selection of delicious beers made with local ingredients. While I prefer the … Read More

The Brocolli Barter, crop swap & corn exchange
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It is an unusual sight, but at this time of year it is possible to see some of our customers turning up to the farm shop laden with rhubarb, and leaving with a couple of line-caught mackerel, with no money changing hands. We are open to bartering at the shop, … Read More

Hedgerow Hunting
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Some delicious hedgerow jelly and jam arrived this week, courtesy of the Hedgerow Apothecary, alongside marmalade and lovely raspberry vinegar. Christine gathers from many local hedgerows to make her pots of delight – she is based in West Ashling and is planning on running courses for the Stansted Farm Shop … Read More

Roe Deer in season
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Roe bucks are currently the only deer in season at the moment which means that we have limited supplies of venison in the shop. While there are plenty of roe deer on the Stansted Estate, the foresters avoid shooting the larger bucks as they have established territories. Considering that the … Read More

Veg out this summer
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The sunshine is bringing out the best in British fruit and veg, and we have a great array of scrummy local produce to choose from. Courgettes, broadbeans, tomatoes and aubergines are all in full flow, and because of the cold spring, the delayed asparagus is still going, although it is … Read More

Wood fired pizza, sun fired farm shop.
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With the cracking weather coming this weekend, the pizza will be up and running on Friday to Sunday, midday to 2.30pm. If you mention this post over the weekend, you get a free can of drink with your pizza. Our special this weekend is asparagus and pancetta, although we will … Read More

BBQ Night at the Farm Shop – 25th July 6-9pm
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We are having an informal BBQ night at the Farm Shop on Thursday 25th July at 6pm. Tickets are £12 and available in advance from the shop, or call to reserve (02392 413 576). There are a limited number so let us know by . We will be grilling whatever … Read More

Ice Cream Weather
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The clouds are parting and the sunshine is pouring through while I write this, as forecasters assure us that we are in for a sustained period of summer weather. Yes, it’s officially Ice Cream Weather. Caroline’s Dairy makes fantastic tasting ice cream from the dairy cows on their farm in … Read More

The South Downs food trail
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The South Downs National Park have launched a new magazine that you can pick up for free at the farm shop. It highlights many of the Southdownsey things you can do as well as mentioning their food trail. We get a photo and a fine mention!… Read More

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