If you live in Essex already or are planning to move to Chigwell, Loughton or Woodford you will be pleased to know Essex is home to a host of excellent farm shops. More and more of us consider ourselves foodies and as Essex farmers and producers start to diversify they are keen to get the freshest, local fayre direct to customers.
At the top of the list of Essex, farm shops are French’s Farm- French Farm Shop Wigley Bush Lane, South Weald, CM14 5QP - 01277 264317. They are committed to respecting the countryside with green farming. Malcolm Knox and his wife Kim have developed a sustainable farm strong enough to thrive for many years to come. The completely organic 165-acre farm was formed in 1984, using no herbicides or pesticides, and their herd is fed organic feed with no growth promoters or hormones.
‘I started in 1984, originally to feed my family quality meat. Once it got busier, I gave up my business as a jeweller and it has been life-changing. I’m a first-generation farmer and I love it with a passion.’ Says Malcolm. Malcolm’s family were butchers in the East End of London. ‘That’s how I knew the meat we were getting previously was inferior,’ adds Malcolm. The couple now raise their own herd of Aberdeen Angus, Shorthorn and Hereford, all home bred and organically fed, and they even grow their own hay. Malcolm continues: ‘We only sell meat which is reared on our own farm or supplied by producers that are personally known to us. We only accept standards as high as those we have here on the farm.’
For other Essex, farm shops take a look at Greenstead Farm Shop - Greenstead Green, Halstead, CO9 1QY Calcott Hall Farm Shop -Ongar Road, Brentwood, CM15 9HS The Veg Box - 76 Lonsdale Road, Southend on Sea, SS2 4LR Blackwells Farm Shop -Herons Farm, Colne Road, Coggeshall, CO6 1TQ