Set amongst 800 acres of arable land, permanent grass and woodland lies Wykham Park.
It all began in the 1980s with an honesty box at the farm gate and excess potatoes, courgettes, sweetcorn and onions being sold to the public. In 2000, a bricks and mortar farm shop replaced the honesty box and more recently the farm’s production has evolved with the introduction of asparagus, pedigree Longhorn cattle, a flock of Suffolk ewes and even a market garden, producing seasonal fruit and vegetables.
The farm shop is open every day and the produce is as fresh as can be with vegetables literally going straight from the field to the plate. The season starts with spinach, peas, broad beans, spring greens and runner beans from the market garden topped up with a selection of wonderful giant tomatoes, basil, cucumbers and peppers from the polytunnel. As the leaves start to fall, the shelves are filled with autumn cabbages, leeks, beetroot and carrots and of course, pumpkins and squashes.
Other root vegetables which aren’t grown on the farm come from a couple of growers near Oxford.
This long-standing family of growers see environmental responsibility and sustainability as being at the heart of what they do and this goes hand in hand with producing great tasting food. They describe themselves as “food producers and stewards of the countryside”.
This ethos extends to the animals they raise. In the winter months, they graze the lambs on stubble turnips adding extra sweetness to the meat. Every stage of the process bringing food to the farm shop has been carefully thought through so when filling your basket you can be assured of the highest quality.
There is also a selection of prepared dishes thanks to the onsite kitchen, built in 2012 where home grown meat, fruit and vegetables are used to produce a selection of pies, ready meals, soups, sausage rolls and puddings to name but a few. Especially popular are the Longhorn steak and kidney pies, chicken and leek pies, Longhorn cottage pies and Longhorn beef lasagne.
These ready meals are perfect for those who are short on time but still want to serve a healthy, delicious meal with the best quality ingredients.
Add to this the larder products which come from small producers, many of them local, and you have a smorgasbord of goodies. There is honey from bees kept on the farm as well as locally made cakes, biscuits, traybakes and confectionery.
It feels like they have thought of everything and it has prompted a recent customer to write “This has got to be one of the best of its kind”. Well done Wykham Park!
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Sun 10am 'til 4pm
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