Just a few local suggestions –
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Horsham. A range of local producers can usually be found in the Horsham Saturday street market – worth a visit for good atmosphere and an eclectic mix of wares, many locally made by small producers. The Carfax in the centre of Horsham is a beautiful area architectually. The market, is a happy event, and really does celebrate a wonderful selection of the finest fresh local produce, sensational street food and a range of boutique shopping from vintage clothing to antique homeware. As a bonus, it usually also features an ever changing mix of live music and street entertainment.
Horsham Town, Market Square is the home of Crates, bringing the ‘best and freshest of local produce into Horsham Town Centre. The South East is blessed with hundreds of local producers and artisans who are rearing, growing and baking everything from artisan bread, fruit and vegetables, dairy, eggs, preserves, chocolate, oils, coffee roasting together with many brewers and wine makers. Crates is one of the only outlets in Sussex to stock almost entirely local produce, directly sourced.’ In addition to the shop, Crates offers online ordering and has a great cafe.
Faygate, Horsham Faygate, on the A264 from Horsham, is a 5 – 10 minute drive away and home of New House Farm & Shop. A lovely place to go for summer pick your own, or an excellent shop and cafe, showcasing some of the best local food, drink, toiletries and products. A dynamic place to visit, and well run, their ethos is to foster local and seasonal products and shopping. ‘New House Farm Shop and Tea Room is located in a 16th Century Sussex barn which has been renovated to the highest possible standard. The shop sells locally sourced products including fresh fruit and veg, fresh bread, meat, wine, cider and ale, cheese/deli, store cupboard essentials, ready meals, ice cream and local crafts. In the tea room you can choose from locally baked cakes and cupcakes, sandwiches, breakfasts and Ploughman’s and of course a range of teas coffees, chocolate and soft drinks.’
Dorking, Denbies is home to a ‘Village Green’ farm shop branch. Similar to that at Ockley, but with the advantage of the setting – lovely walks above the vineyard, a good value if not particularly inspired cafe at Denbies, and a good wine supplier next door!
Cranleigh is the home of a new store with a new non profit making concept: For Earth’s Sake has a strong ethos focusing on the sustainability of our shopping habits in terms of sourcing and packaging of food. ‘For Earth’s Sake CIC is a not-for-profit ‘Community Interest Company’ that informs and enables people and business to put the planet first and helps to show how we as individuals can make a real difference! At the heart of For Earth’s Sake CIC is Vanessa Ford-Robbins who, alongside partners Nik Huddy and Charlie Edwards, has launched the inaugural For Earth’s Sake shop with the ethos of shoppers being more aware of their actions, and the choices that they can make in mitigating their carbon footprint on the planet.’ Well worth a visit, Cranleigh is a pretty town with an array of interesting shops and coffee / cake