You may have noticed a van travelling around the roads of Dorset, south Wiltshire and or south Somerset labelled ‘Goldhill Organic Farm’ as they busily deliver their vegetable boxes. If not the van, you may be following them on Twitter/Instagram/Google+ and look enviously at their photographs of vibrant vegetables. Today I was lucky enough to have a guided tour of Goldhill Organic Farm by Mrs Goldhill Twitterer Jane Somper.
Goldhill Farm has been organic since 1988 when they switched from a dairy farm to growing organic vegetables. Goldhill Farm is run by Andrew and Sara Cross and has been certified fully organic by the Soil Association. In 2013 Jane & Nick Somper setup up the vegbox delivery to your doorstep and since then business has been blossoming! They have just won the best Farm Shop category in the Western Gazette Taste Awards 2014 and long service award from the Soil Association…
Jane is massively enthusiastic to put it mildly about this unique part of Dorset and she was just as excited as me as we wandered around the ground, chatting veggies! There are three fields & poly tunnels growing the vegetables (they grow every vegetable you can imagine except potatoes & fruit, they source these from other organic growers) which in total covers around 7 acres. Each field has rows of raised beds in which the veggies just love to grow and show themselves off!
The raised beds have been cared for since they were created way back in 1988, they are only fertilized by what has been growing in them. For example, when these gorgeous fennel bulbs were picked the waste was left on the beds to dry and then worked back into the soil – simple!
They have a small band of fulltime workers and these are swelled during peak times by students from agricultural collages from around the country, who are all eager to learn the ways of organic. Vegetables for the vegbox’s are picked at day break and delivered to your door in the afternoon, so super fresh. Jane says that they work with nature rather than try to fight it and they even allow the deer to have a nibble or two! Around the ground there is a lot of land left natural so the wildlife can flourish, remember the majority of bugs are very friendly and will eat garden pests!
At Goldhill there is also a farm shop & cafe where you can buy & eat their veggies, plus a range of organic staples, oils and condiments, and things in tins and jars – open Thursday, Friday, Saturday & Sunday am. They are not the only inhabitants, some of the old stables have been converted into workshops, where you will find small flourishing businesses such as James Cheese, a glass blower, an artist and a drain specialists!
They have many open days and coming up a special autumn apple day, where you can take your apples along to be pressed into apple juice, plus farm walks etc.
If you get chance why not drop in one weekend and see for yourself their amazing veggies or just purchase a vegbox online, you won’t be disappointed.
Goldhill Organic Farm
Near Blandford Forum
|Invited by PR company?||No|
|Guest of chef/restaurant/owner?||Yes|
|Restaurant/outlet knew ahead we were bloggers?||Yes|
|Was the meal complimentary from the restaurant?||No|
|Any complimentary items provided by restaurant/outlet?||Few tomatoes from the poly tunnel!|