Dorset produces some great food. So why not do your bit for the planet and buy locally

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You want fine food don't you? Well there are many farms going over to organic in Dorset.

At the same time you can do your bit for the planet and buy locally rather than go to the supermarket.Some farms even let you pick your own fruit and vegetables which will save you money too.

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Sopley Farm is one such place.To find it go north from Christchurch on the B3347 and when you reach the village of Sopley and turn right towards Bransgore.You will see some home made signs pointing towards the farm which is about 1km from Sopley on the right.

There is no actual farm building where you park just a big container where the already picked food is stored and a cabin where you pay.

As you would expect what is available is what is being grown,so you won't get asparagus all the year round.At the time of my visit it was broad beans,raspberries,strawberries, and gooseberries on offer.Now can you pick your own if you have the time.There are big fields here, and you can find the the juiciest fruit and veg or pay about £2 a kilo more to buy them ready picked.

After leaving Sopley Farm head back towards Sopley village and you will see a farm shop on the right after about 200m.This is Owl Barn Farm run by Ron & Liz Lakey,.They cater for the meat eaters including New Forest venison,game and lamb from Dorset Horn and Poll Dorset Sheep.

Venison is haunch boned,loin boned and comes as steaks mince and sausages. They do have fruit and vegetables as well though not to the extent of Sopley

Farmers Markets

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If Sopley is a bit too far for you, they take their produce to farmer's markets which move around the county each Saturday.There is one at Weymouth DT4 8NA on the second Saturday of the month and one at Winton BH9 1BJ on the third Saturday and one at Verwood BH31 1BJ on the fourth Saturday of the month.

These markets are set up in urban areas so they are easy to get to. For the one in Winton Cardigan Road is closed from 9am to 3pm where you can buy cheese,bread meat fruit vegetables pies and jams.

I would recommend the goats cheese you can buy at these markets from Spire Hill Cheeses of Thornhill DT11 2GS which has got a real tang to it.

To the west of Poole is the Goldys Farm Shop at Bere Farm.This is just off the A35 going west towards Dorchester as you pass Lytchett Minster and is well signposted.

This is large well stocked shop.Not only does it sell produce grown on the farm but also high quality organic produce,even wine,beer and crips.

I would recommend the bread they make,some really unusual ones filled with beetroot.Very tasty.


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Dorset Food Resources

Honeybrook Farm is just north of Wimborne on the B3078 TO Cranborne,As well as a well stocked farm shop it has a butcher,baker and large play area for children.

For a great blog tells you all about the great local food events, pubs, restaurants, markets and suppliers in Dorset visit the Dorset Food Blog produced by Adam Sher.

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