Food is never too far from our minds (and bellies) at this time of year and comfort food and festive treats are top of the list. Thankfully, the Island is home to an array of local producers, makers, farmers and fishermen, all stocking our farm shops to the rafters with their seasonal goods. Here’s our festive guide to some of the best farm shops and what to buy for a truly local Christmas…
Set in the heart of the Arreton Valley, Farmer Jack’s is owned and run by a local farming family, the Browns. Many of the fresh, seasonal vegetables on offer are grown and harvested in the surrounding fields. A one stop shop for all your Christmas Dinner needs, you will find everything from baked goods, a deli counter, onsite butcher as well as sauces, chutneys and a great selection of local alcoholic beverages. Local festive feast shopping has never been so easy.
During lockdown, supporting your local shops never became more important. Norris’s store in Niton is a well stocked village shop sticking a plethora of local produce.
If you have children, getting up early on Christmas morning is going to be definite. Here you can grab a bag of Island Roasted coffee, for that much needed caffeine hit to wake you up. A christmas morning special breakfast is on many people’s agenda. Stock up on local, bacon, sausages, eggs, tomatoes and mushrooms. It will be like Santa has visited again, what a treat.
Cheese lovers rejoice! The Griffin family at Briddlesford have been producing dairy products on the farm since the first 15 Guernsey cows arrived in 1923. Make your cheese board a local affair, and pick up their very own range of cheeses, including Cheddar, Gouda, Caerphilly, Halloumi-style and Feta-style.
Also, stocking the award-winning IW Cheese Company’s range, including the legendary Isle of Wight Blue, your Christmas Day board is going to look, and taste, divine!
Renowned for quality meat, produced on the farm by owners Paul and Sue Brownrigg. This farm shop and butchery just outside of Godshill is the place to pick up your festive bird. If you’re not a fan of turkey or goose, pick up a joint of beef or lamb, all sourced from their own animals.
The team also runs the Isle of Wight Bacon Company, producing free-range pork including a range of sausages and dry-cured bacon, pigs in blankets anyone?
Tucked away in Brading, just past Oasis, Delysia Farm Shop is a gift to the eyes as much as the belly!
The wooden hut looks like it’s straight out of Lapland, although rather than tinsel and toys, it is bursting with colours, flavours and smells. Look forward to freshly laid duck, goose and chicken eggs, hand-picked fruits and vegetables; seasonal meats and game with wild boar and venison from the Forest of Dean. There is the added bonus of an onsite smoker where John, the owner, smokes wild game such as pheasant and partridge.