Autumn Harvest: Sussex Farmers’ Markets
Sussex has some of the most fertile, the richest, and the most well-farmed land in the UK, and that means that no matter what time of year it is, we can always find delicious home grown fruit and veg to suit our tastes and our needs. With specialist shops, farms open to the public, and farmers’ markets springing up all over the county, there is no excuse not to buy local this autumn.
There are a number of different foods that can be grown through the autumn, and they include apples, carrots, blackberries, potatoes, butternut squash, leeks, Brussels sprouts, cabbages, pumpkins, (savoy and spring green), cauliflowers, kale, onions, parsnips, pears, purple sprouting broccoli, spinach, celery and turnips. So as you can see, you won’t be going hungry! Now, as to where to find these lovely ingredients, you won’t need to look too far from home… Here are just a few to get you started.
East Grinstead Farmers’ Market
Held on the first and third Thursday of each month, from 9am until 2pm, you can find this farmers’ market on the south side of East Grinstead High Street. Meet the growers and farmers and learn more about where your food comes from.
Arundel Farmers’ Market
Arundel Farmers’ Market is held on the third Saturday of every month, and the next one is due to run on 17th October. It starts at 9am and can be found in the Town Square.
New House Farm Shop, Horsham
Situated in a 16th-century Sussex barn, this renovated building is now a farm shop and tearoom. Here you can find all sorts of local produce including fresh fruit and veg, fresh bread, meat, wine, cider and ale, cheese, deli items, store cupboard essentials, ready meals, ice cream and local crafts.
Haywards Heath Farmers’ Market
Running on the second and fourth Thursday and first Saturday of each month (starting at 9am), the Haywards Heath Farmers’ Market is choc full of gorgeous local produce. If you want to visit, you’ll find it in The Orchards Shopping Centre.
Charlie’s Farm Shop, Pulborough
Charlie’s Farm Shop, located on a real dairy farm in Sussex, specialises in bringing their customers fresh milk, cream, and ice cream, along with the best in locally grown fruit and vegetables (amongst a plethora of other goodies).
Old Spot Farm Shop, Piltdown
With fresh fruit and veg delivered to the shop every day, you can be sure of finding the perfect piece of produce for your meals this autumn. Almost all of the stock is locally produced, but if you are in the mood for something a little more exotic, you can find that here too.
Burgess Hill Farmers’ Market
On the second Thursday of the month you will be able to find the bustling Burgess Hill Farmers’ Market on Church Walk. Pick up your tasty Sussex grown fruit and veg here.
Ford Farmers’ Market
An early start for this market means that Ford Airfield becomes pretty busy at 7.30am on the first Saturday of the month. But don’t let that put you off; the market doesn’t close until 2pm. If you want to find the best fruit and veg though, you are advised to get there when it opens.
Goodwood Home Farm, Chichester
Set at the heart of the 12,000-acre Sussex estate, Goodwood Home Farm is the largest lowland organic farm in the UK. Along with delicious home reared meat and homemade cheeses, you can find an abundance of seasonal fresh fruit and vegetables.
Hastings Farmers’ Market
Regular stallholders offer freshly picked fruit and vegetables at this busy and popular market. Held on the second and fourth Thursday of every month, starting at 9am, you can pick up everything you need in one place (Robertson Street).
Battle Farmers’ Market
On Battle Abbey Green on the third Saturday of the month you will be able to discover the most mouth watering of Sussex produce, all ready to be taken home and made into something spectacular. Fruit and vegetables as well as plenty of other offerings are available from 9am until 2pm.
Grange Farm Shop, Crawley Down
This family run farm in Crawley Down rears beef cattle, pigs, and lambs which are all sold in the shop alongside beautiful fruit and vegetables. The motto of Grange Farm is that you should buy British whenever possible, and buy local as often as you can. Which is why there is so much to choose from here.
Crowborough Farmers’ Market
Wind your way to the New Road car park (behind W.H. Smiths) and you’ll find a multitude of fine foods awaiting you on the fourth Saturday of every month.
Horsham Farmers’ Market
Horsham Farmers’ Market is a weekly event that takes place each Saturday (although between Christmas and mid January there is a break). It starts at 9am and is located in Piries Place.
Bexhill Farmers’ Market
This market runs every Friday between 8.30am and 2pm. There are various local growers and producers to be found here each week selling not only fruit and vegetables, but produce made with locally grown ingredients.
Holmansbridge Farm Shop & Butchers, Barcombe
This is where you can find the best of local farm produce. With a tradition of excellent customer service and exquisite locally grown fruit and vegetables, this is the place to go when you want something special.
Hove Farmers’ Market
Buy local fresh and delicious food at Hove farmers’ market. Buy fresh organic fruit and veg, local honey, cured meat, bread, olives, cheese, cakes, raw chocolates, jams and preserves, fermented veg, ethical beauty products, kids’ books and much more! Hove farmers’ market runs on the third Saturday of every month.
Rye Farmers’ Market
Come to Rye Farmers’ Market for great tasting, local, seasonal produce. The producers taking part here can guarantee you locally produced, grown, and harvested goods that are often organically grown and treated. The market runs every Wednesday at 10am on Strand Quay.
Lewes Farmers’ Market
Lewes Farmers’ Market has been nominated for Best Farmers’ Market in the Sussex Food and Drink Awards – so get down there and see what’s what! This award-winning market was established in 1997 and has grown to become one of the most vibrant and successful farmers’ markets in Sussex with almost 40 producers (who must grow their food within 40 miles of Lewes) taking part each month. The market runs on the first and third Saturdays of each month on Cliffe Precinct at 9am.