You can actually taste the extra hours of sunshine that go into The Tomato Stall’s famous fayre. Tomatoes have been growing in the rich and fertile Arreton Valley for over 30 years. Each year, over 40 varieties are grown, from the hearty beef to the naturally sweet Piccolo.
The folks over at The Garlic Farm have been growing the pungent bulb for over 50 years in Newchurch. What started out as a kitchen garden has grown to a large farm with many varieties of garlic available to buy. Visit the on-site restaurant to try some of the tastiest dishes (featuring garlic, naturally) or take home garlic products such as mayonnaise, butter and even ice cream!
Rich at Isle of Wight Cheese Co knows more about the stuff than Wallace of Wallace and Gromit fame. Having made cheese at Queen Bower Dairy since 2006, they have recently acquired the dairy and herd behind the multi-award- winning cheeses. Pick up your favourite at the weekly farmers’ markets in Ryde and Newport, local farm shops or direct from the dairy.
Seafood features heavily on plates across the Island, with crab being a top choice. Ventnor Haven Fishery is a great place to buy your freshly caught crab and the Blake family have been fishing these local waters for decades. The Crab Shed at Steephill Cove is so famed for serving up crab pasties, that they have a queue all day long.
Well, after all that food, it’s nice to wash it down with a local tipple too. Mermaid Gin is the Isle of Wight Distillery’s first spirit and remains the most popular. Locally foraged rock samphire and elderflower, fresh citrus zest from Sicilian lemons and grains of paradise are complemented by Boadicea hops grown in the famous Ventnor Botanic Garden, all perfectly blended to create a unique flavour. Look out for their recently launched pink gin, infused with Isle of Wight strawberries.