For a high quality independent local food shop selling a good range of local produce, which could be a farm providing locally grown produce through gate sales, a farm shop or an on-line retailer delivering directly to your door.
At the heart of Rushfields Garden Centre in Poynings, West Sussex, the family-run farm shop offers an enormous range of locally sourced products including delicious home-baked pies and wonderful locally sourced meat from their butchery department. Colin and Pam Langridge are always introducing innovative ideas to reflect their customers’ tastes and the display of fresh fruit and vegetables is outstanding.
‘Hilary Knight, director Sussex Food & Drink Network said: ‘Quite simply, every visit to RushfieldsFarm Shop is a delight. From the friendly and helpful staff, the flow of the shop through different ‘departments’ and the sheer range and quality on offer, shopping here is never a chore but always a joyful experience.’
Rushfields has responded to the Covid pandemic by offering an even larger range of products especially fresh fruit and vegetables to reflect their customers daily needs. They quickly set up an online shop and have delivered hundreds of food parcels over the past year. A very worthy winner who stepped up to the considerable challenges of a year of lockdowns and shielding customers.
With over 30 years of experience in the fruit and vegetable trade, Jeremy Shotter and his team have a little gem of a farm shop just outside Cowfold, West Sussex. With an exceptional display of fruit and vegetables, the in-house butchery and a good range of locally produced drinks, cheeses and locally baked bread and other goodies.
Jeremy’s Two has provided a free delivery service to all in the surrounding area, Monday to Friday, often doing around 40 deliveries per day, whilst being open 7 days a week in a safe controlled environment.
Based in forest Row, East Sussex, Veasey & Sons offers the most wonderful array of fish from a spectacular display, much of which is caught on their own day boat which fishes from Eastbourne daily. Dan’s knowledge is second to none and having been a chef, he offers expert advice on how to cook any of their fish. With their own smokehouse, Veasey’s is without doubt a treat for any seafood lover.
Veasey’s have worked non-stop to provide the best seafood to Sussex in the toughest of times. They now offer click & collect and home deliveries to vulnerable and shielding.
Entry is now closed for the below four categories in the Sussex Food & Drink Awards 2020! Our judges will be in contact with you soon if you have made the shortlist! Grand Finalists will be announced in March 2020.
SUSSEX STREET FOOD OF THE YEAR
Our winner will offer great food to be eaten in a mobile situation, including as many local ingredients as possible. Finalists will participate in a live competition at Horsham on 27th October.
SUSSEX YOUNG CHEF OF THE YEAR
Our winner will be aged 25 or under on 31/01/20, working or studying in Sussex, with a talent for creating a wonderful menu of creative dishes using local ingredients.
SUSSEX NEWCOMER OF THE YEAR
Our winner will be an innovative business from any part of the food and drink sector, supporting local produce, which has been trading for up to 3 years by end 2019; has the ambition and determination to succeed; and can demonstrate a realistic and sustainable business plan.
YOUNG SUSSEX FARMER OF THE YEAR
Our winner will be a young farmer aged 35 or under by end 2020. They can come from any sector within agriculture, horticulture or viticulture and must be involved in food or drink production. They could be part of the family farm (owned or tenanted), a student, an employee or self-employed. This young person should display the following attributes: vision; leadership; innovation, creativity, entrepreneurship; ability to incorporate new ideas and practices; ability to inspire others; and the desire to succeed and grow business.
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