Who are the Garlic Farm?
Our guest bloggers this week come from The Garlic Farm, a working farm on the Isle of Wight that offers an interesting take on garlic........
Why do The Garlic Farm take a trade stand at The Royal County of Berkshire Show?
Not only are we still a working farm but we have land to look after for visitors to enjoy so we are not just a food brand. One of the great things about this show is the way it links farming not only with food but also the broader welfare of the countryside and wildlife. Although a short hop across the Solent, the show ground is not that far from us so we have many friends and families at the stand who have visited us here at the farm on the Isle of Wight. It’s a great atmosphere because of the like-minded exhibitors and we do good trade as well, which helps sustain the event for us.
What constitutes a good food show in your view?
As above, the premise of the show is important. Some events are very focused on gifting and the connection with the origins of food can be lost. The Royal County of Berkshire Show has a strong heritage and focus. It exists to celebrate the countryside and everything that the land produces for us. We think this leads to an audience who are more attuned and receptive to what we do.
How do you keep your energy up during a busy show?
Fun is an important word. We believe in what we’re doing and the quality of our product but we also have fun with it. Garlic, in itself, is a cheeky bit of produce. It’s pungent and powerful. It wards off vampires – you can’t say that about gin or ice cream! People have had a strong relationship with garlic for thousands of years – it’s one of the earliest ‘recorded’ foods and has been central to so many cultures for so long. We love talking about growing it, cooking with it; the health benefits and the many myths and mysteries about garlic. Garlic makes people smile and tend to love that we focus on it with such a passion.
What do you get up to when you’re not at food events…?
Aside from growing garlic, here at the farm as with other partner farms in the UK and overseas, we produce a large range of garlicky products. These are for sale not only at the the Royal County of Berkshire Show and other food events but also at our own farm shop, on the Isle of Wight.
We welcome visitors not only to our shop and restaurant but also our ‘taste experience’ where most of our lines can be tested, for free. We also encourage visitors to tour the farm, either on foot or in the tractor trailer (when available). Some choose to holiday with us in our converted barns or luxury glamping yurts. So, if you want to immerse yourselves in garlic, head over the water and get the complete garlic experience!
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