Top 5 Farm Shops

Wild garlic, new season asparagus, lambs frolicking in the fields, rare breeds dairy roaming the Downs, ripe tomatoes, intense garlic, award winning cheese, super sweet sweetcorn, juice laden strawberries, apples, pears, plums, game, courgettes, marrows, squashes and plump pumpkins and hedgerows bursting with blackberries and sloes…

We a have such a wide choice of wonderful locally produced food here on the Island and a will to celebrate the seasons in which we can purchase and consume them.

Farm Shops are on the increase and often offer much more than just food. Some have cafes, others educational activities showing you where your food comes from and many are situated in stunning locations. Here's our guide to five of the best...

1. Briddlesford Farm

At Briddlesford Farm near Wootton there are veal calves for children to see and stroke, a well-stocked shop and the beautiful Bluebells Café where you can sample Island fayre. The farm also has a classroom for school visits and a small educational display.

2. The Garlic Farm

The Garlic Farm in Newchurch has just about everything from a stunning café/restaurant to the Heritage and Education centres and holiday cottages. Sheltered beneath the downs with pretty local lanes to negotiate on your way, you can find just about anything garlicky you can think of in the farm shop plus much more in this idyllic setting.

3. Farmer Jacks

The first, the largest and the best stocked has to be Farmer Jacks at Arreton Old Village with an extensive meat counter, baskets and baskets of fruit and veg and a large frozen selection. It’s also the only one with a popular pub, the Dairyman’s Daughter, right next door, and a whole array of attractions for every member of the family.

4. Brownrigg’s Farm Shop & Butchery

The Island’s newest Farm shop, Brownrigg’s Farm Shop & Butchery, is located on the main road to Godshill and as well as selling their traditional Brownrigg poultry offering; turkey, chicken, geese, ducks and wild game; they are now also able to offer lamb, beef, pork and bacon. The shop boasts an in-house butchery alongside which you can purchase other Isle of Wight specialties, such as Briddlesford Farm milk, Rew Valley Dairy butter and cream, Tomato Stall tomatoes, Village Bakery bread and Scarrots Lane Bakery pies and pastries.

5. myIsleofWight Favourite - Brighstone Village Shop

It's not a farm shop exactly, but a village shop, in the picturesque South Wight village of Brighstone. But Brighstone Village Shop has the most fantastic selection of locally sourced produce and products, from fresh meats and artisan bread to heritage vegetables and innovative condiments. It’s definitely worth a visit.

Alix Robinson

14 April 2016

By Alix Robinson in Articles