Our butcher Mike is in Wednesday to Sunday. On Tuesday the shop assistants do still cut and sell meat. The butchery is of huge importance to Charlie’s farm shop and we are passionate about the meat we produce. All of the beef is from the farm and is hung for 21-28 days. Throughout the year we serve our milk-fed pork, the pigs are fed milk and barley to produce a rich and creamy taste, with crackling that just melts-in-the-mouth. Our Rose Veal is also fed milk for up to 7-8 months. The Friesian bulls are reared humanely and Charlie’s farm shop has brought this speciality meat back to the consumer. Sausages, ham and bacon are all produced on site using the highest quality preparation methods. We like to keep everything local and know our meat suppliers personally, for example when the pork is not our own, it is sourced from Storrington only 5 miles away.
Our Fresh Fish
Our Mobile Fish Stall, run by Andrew Johnson and his dedicated team at Johnsons Entreprises, is held in the Farm Shop car park every Thursday from 11am until 2pm. They have a wide variety of fresh fish and shellfish with as much locally caught fish as possible such as ‘line caught wild Sea Bass’, Dover Sole, Brill, Plaice, Skate Wing, Gurnard, Mackerel, Red Mullet, Grey Mullet, Codling, Whiting, etc. With often less than 24hrs from the sea to your plate, it’s the freshest of fish. Andrew and his staff will prepare your fish for you at the stall, filleting, scaling, gutting etc. to your requirements. The fish van is refrigerated and they bring flaked ice to keep the fish fresh and in tip top condition.
Our Fruit & Veg
We sell seasonal fruit and vegetables, so please don’t expect to find fresh strawberries at Christmas. Where possible we source directly from the producer, thereby shortening the supply chain and ensuring freshness. Our Asparagus is freshly cut and comes from Duncton, a couple of miles away. Nutbourne tomatoes supply our summer tomatoes, the sweetness and flavour are as though you’ve grown them in your back garden. Summer fruits and salads are largely Sussex grown.
Our Wine & Beer
We cater for those who are passionate about Sussex produce, stocking wines from the Nutbourne vineyard, including their English sparkling ‘Nutty’, and The Stopham Estate. Both producers grow within 5 miles of Charlie’s. Beers are sourced from the Arundel Brewery, Hepworths and Hammerpot. We also stock a wide range of Red’s, Whites and Rose from around the world. Not forgetting ever popular Procecco, Sparking cider from Gospel Green and Stopham. For those who relish local soft drinks, Granstead’s, Folkington’s and Ringden juces are just part of our Sussex range.
The Hughes family and Southview Farm dairy herd started milk production in 1919 with a herd of 7 Guernsey cows. The milk used to be churned and transported to the local train station via horse and cart. The sale of unpasteurised milk and cream began in 1980 by Ian and Julie Hughes to the local villagers and small businesses; this was on a small scale, either from the back of a land rover or collected from a shed and paying into a trust box. The Hughes’ are the longest seller of raw milk in Sussex and sell around 200 litres a week. In 2003, Charlie Hughes started to pasteurise the milk hence enabling him to deliver and sell his milk to local businesses and the public. Charlie pasteurises 8000 litres of milk each week and has over one hundred customers as part of his deliveries. Luxury ice cream and natural yoghurt are also made on site using our own dairy produce. Currently it’s only exclusively sold throughout the year at Charlie’s Farm Shop.
A daily delivery from Jengers of Billingshurst stock our shelves. Their light and soft loaves and rolls prove popular with locals. Come Sundays we offer Hungry Guest bread for those who prefer a heavier and fuller loaf.