Your local online farmers market
We all want to be happy about the food we buy, and confident about its provenance. That’s why at Real Island Food we source locally grown and locally produced food from the Isle of Wight - both for island visitors and locals.
There is such a range of island foods but sometimes hard to find it all in one place. To have the hassle taken out of that search is another of our aims. Our hampers are the products we love, all in one place, delivered to your door.
Sharon Orchard - Buy Online
Sharon McNally farms apples from her extensive orchards at Ashey, Nr Ryde, to make apple juices, ciders and chutneys. You can visit her orchard and shop near SmallBrook Stadium at Ashey. She is also a regular member of the Farmers Market in Newport on a Friday morning.
Brownrigg Poultry - Buy Online
Paul and Sue Brownrigg raise free-range chickens, ducks, turkeys and geese on their farms at Godshill and Calbourne. Chicken and duck is available all year-round, with turkey and goose at Christmas. They also produce free-range chicken eggs year-round. If you drive down Sheepwash Lane, you will have to slow down to let the chickens cross the road; Sue calls them “traffic calming hens”.
Sue is a champion of the Island Farmers Market and you can buy from them every Friday morning in St Thomas Square, Newport. www.brownriggonline.co.uk
Calbourne Classics - Buy Online
Three Gates Farm, Shalfleet is the Cawood family dairy farm and home to Calbourne Classics. They make a mouth-watering range of luxury desserts from milk from their own herd, and they use milk and cream from other island dairy farms.
Island clotted cream is unique to Calbourne Classics, and is made in a pan rather than individual pots, so that you get the yummy gooey bits all the way through, not just on the top. Clotted cream ice cream, cheesecakes, country cakes, traybakes and quiches all make your mouth water, and some have won ‘Great Taste Awards’, so don’t just take our word for it!
You can visit Three Gates Farm for their farm shop and café, and meet the team at the Farmers Market on Friday mornings in St Thomas Square, Newport and at other markets on the mainland.
The Garlic Farm - Buy Online
The Garlic Farm is the UK’s premier grower of garlic and source of all things garlic.
Established by Colin Boswell and his family over 30 years ago, the passion for garlic and anything to do with garlic has become the driving force for himself, his wife Jenny and their five children, who are all involved in the business in different ways.
Intrigued by the ancient origins of garlic and its wide range of culinary, health and mythical properties, the farm business has developed to become certainly the UK’s if not Europe’s leading authority on garlic. This passion and expertise has grown into a thriving food business providing the best range of garlic to eat, grow and learn about. This includes a range of garlic themed pickles, relishes and chutneys produced from the on-site kitchen facilities as well as an array of chilled produce.
You can visit the Garlic Farm shop and teashop in Newchurch all year round (check their website for opening times).
Hamiltons Fine Foods - Buy Online
Based in Newport, Hamiltons Fine Foods is run by father and daughter Andy and Kerry Gustar. Respected across the Island as the source of all knowledge on everything meat and butchery related, Andy has been supplying the highest quality meats and cooked meats to Island consumers and trade customers for over 30 years. Andy works closely with Island and mainland farmers to offer a range of tender, well matured, and expertly butchered meat. Hamiltons are also very good at making savoury and sweet pies, sausage rolls and snacks. Hamiltons have shops in Newport, Ryde, Wootton and Cowes and can be found also be found at the Vectis Producers Market in Newport on a Friday morning. All our meat is sourced from the Island where possible, and cut to your order by Hamiltons, guaranteeing freshness and quality.
Isle of Wight Cheese Company - Buy Online
Mother and son team Julie and Rich Hodgson make the fabulous Isle of Wight Soft and Blue cheeses in Queen Bower from unpasteurised Guernsey milk produced just feet from their dairy. The Isle of Wight Blue won the 2007 Best English Cheese at the IFE food exhibition in London – we think its smashing on a slice of Market Bakery wholemeal bread, preferably with a glass of something in the other hand. Rich is looking to expand the range of cheeses and a cheddar is eagerly awaited.
You can meet the Hodgsons at the Farmers Markets in Newport on Friday mornings and Ryde on Saturday mornings.
Minghella - Buy Online
‘The World’s Most Delicious Ice Cream’ said the Sunday Times Style Magazine in May 2007, and we’d agree. The Minghella family started making ice cream on the Island in 1950, and they now produce over 140 varieties of ice cream and sorbet in Wootton. All made to the highest standards with the best natural ingredients, including Island milk and
The company has won 44 Great Taste Awards and their range includes luxury Italian-style ice creams, sorbets with more than just a dash of alcohol and even ice cream suitable for dieters (we think that’s a great idea!). Which are our favourites – so hard to choose, but we love Raspberry Ripple Romance for a grown-up version of a childhood favourite, and the sublime Gin and Pink Grapefruit sorbet.
The Tomato Stall - Buy Online
The Tomato Stall are a specialist tomato company selling a wide range of Island grown toms, and making wonderful sauces, juices and roast tomatoes. Increasingly popular, their products are sold at markets across the South of England. Because they get their toms just after picking – sometimes on the same day – the flavour is like nothing you’ll experience at the supermarket. The Tomato Stall also have unusual varieties and some organic varieties. Run by tomato specialist Jeff McDonald, there is great foodie passion at this Newchurch based business.