Snapshots of our farmers at Purton House in Wiltshire and Ivy House Farm in Somerset
Today we’re delighted to announce the launch of our brand new and shiny open door producer promise. If you’re thinking: ‘a promise you say? We’ve heard those before’, then hold on a succulent strawberry second. There are no gimmicks at Farmdrop HQ – just a bunch of food-tech geeks who really want to fix the food chain (and give you access to delicious food in the process).
To show you how truly transparent we are, and can be, about where your food comes from (and how we’ll always promise to be), we want you to take you on an exciting journey beyond the screen and onto the farm.
In one of our coffee-addled idea-offs we thought, ‘what better way is there to reconnect you with where your food comes from and support the local farmers who produce it than a trip to the farm? And why the fudge haven’t we thought of this before?!’. That’s right folks, this summer our wonderful producers are opening up their farm gates and you’re all the first to be invited!
Our farmers are proud throw their doors open and invite you into the fold so you can see exactly how your food is produced and take a tour of the rich and fertile land it came from.
This month, we’re offering the chance to vote for one of 3 of our farms:
Mother and daughter-run Purton House Organics supplies much of our fruit and vegetables, as well as organic beef, pork and eggs. Set over 70 hectares of Wiltshire countryside, the farm is proud to have held organic status since 1997. Farmer Rally (above) looks after the real bosses – their chickens who ride the tractors and pretty much rule the roost.
Farmer Andy Clarke (above) believes in low-intensity farming, rearing his herds of Sussex cows and Romney sheep on traditional grasses – a slow method which works to create tasty, healthy meat. Low intensity, however, doesn’t mean less toil, and Andy and wife Anne work long but enjoyable days on Park Farm outside the small, friendly village of Hawkhurst in Kent.
Like most great ideas, Growing Underground was born over a pint (or three). After debating the future of feeding rapidly expanding populations in overflowing cities, Richard and Steven (above) stumbled over the idea of using London’s empty, forgotten underground tunnels in Clapham as the backdrop for growing the city’s freshest greens.
How can I vote and enter to win a visit?
To vote for your favourite farm and the one you’d like to visit, simply visit our voting page.
Upon voting you’ll automatically be entered into our prize draw for a ticket for you and a guest to visit the most voted for farm in August. Voting closes midnight on 7th July.
What will the visit be like?
On the day, if the farm or producer is outside of London, you’ll be picked up from a central location in the morning and driven to the winning farm with a few members of the Farmdrop team. If the producer is in central London we’ll meet you there! Together we’ll meet the farmer and their team, take a tour with them and try their fresh-as-you-can get produce, returning in the afternoon.
So get voting! It’s as easy as farm-fresh cherry pie. Good luck!
Terms & Conditions
1. Farmdrop is a limited company whose registered office is at The Biscuit Factory, 100 Drummond Road, London, SE16 4DG, registered with company number 08111929
2. To enter the competition please cast your vote for your favourite producer on the shortlist before midnight on 7th July. We will announce the winning farm and contact winners of tickets to a farm visit via email prior to 31st July.
3. The prize is a ticket for you and a guest or members of your immediate family to visit the most-voted for farm. No cash equivalent to prize shall be given. The prize may be changed.
4. Open to UK residents aged 18 or over, except employees of Farmdrop, and their immediate families, or anyone professionally associated with this promotion.
5. Farmdrop reserves the right to cancel any participation to this contest.
6. The winner will be notified by email prior to 31st July. The prize will then need to be claimed within the month of August 2016.
7. By entering the competition you are accepting these terms and conditions. Entries which are not in accordance with the terms and conditions will not count. Farmdrop’s decision in respect of all matters to do with the competition will be final and no correspondence will be entered into.