"This is not Food as we Know It" .... This is Garden of England Food!
Keep traditional tastes alive and discover the real flavour of the rich seasonal larder right here on your doorstep in the Garden of England. An explosion of taste, tradition and innovation is spreading thanks to local food producers - from artisan bakers and master cheesemakers to pioneering winemakers, all busy producing some of the country’s finest food. So forget the supermarket and go straight to the source by calling into a farm shop or visiting a farmer’s market.
Both are superb places to buy home-grown and handmade fare, especially when you are self catering. The Garden of England produces most of the UK's strawberries and what could be finer than a just-picked punnet with a generous helping of cream? In fact you're in one of the best places to feel fruity because apples, pears, plums, cherries, damsons, raspberries and blackcurrants (to name just a few) are all grown locally. You’ll probably come across most of them, perhaps in a gorgeous (and healthy!) fruit salad or made into tarts or pies, and not forgetting delicious handmade ice cream! And if you haven't already, try Kentish cobnuts for the first time - a cultivated type of hazelnut that only thrives on the Kentish ragstone ridge. Or, tuck into melt-in-the-mouth Dover Sole, delicious Whitstable Oysters, char-grilled Romney Lamb cutlets, morning-fresh bread, traditional chutneys and preserves with surprising "twists", mouth-watering quiches and cakes, organic eggs, free- range meat, accompanied by all manor of drinks to quench the thirst - spring water, cider, fruit juices and cordials, real ale, still and sparkling wines, meads and liqueurs.... all of which make for exceptionally "good living".
So rediscover the delights of fresh locally sourced ingredients and .............
"Savour the authentic tastes of The Garden of England"
The Garden of England and it’s surrounding area is renowned for producing fine food and drink and this is celebrated at the many food festivals held throughout the are. From oysters in Whitstable to cherries in Faversham to wine in Biddenden to fish in Rye all are worth trying whey you stay in one of our self catering cottages in Kent or Sussex.
There are many reasons to shop at your local farmers’ market:
A wide range of fresh, quality, local products
The chance to meet and talk to the producers
An opportunity for the local community to meet
A way to support the local economy
Helping to reduce food miles
Helping to reducing packaging and waste.
There are many farm shops across Kent & Sussex that supply a good range of local grown produce. They generally offer produce straight from the farm at fair prices and excellent quality. Some of them offer "Pick Your Own" fruit and vegetables when in season. They are mostly family run and offer good advice when it comes to purchasing produce of all sorts.