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 Rowie Meers is dedicated to the organic way of life and obsessed with healthy eating, especially nonprocessed and raw foods. She is a passionate advocate of ethical farming, sustainability and respect for nature – everything they do at Purton House puts the environment and the animals first.
The real bosses here are the chickens, who ride the tractors and pretty much rule the roost. While the hens hitch-hike, Rowie and her sheepdog Loopy take walks around the farm to check on the vegetables – including the nine poly-tunnels in which they grow heat-loving aubergines, melons and oriental greens.
Staffed by daughters, nephews, nieces and friends, Purton House truly is a family venture – and workers who aren’t related are treated just like they are! Lunch is served to all workers and anyone idly wandering into the kitchen would find it impossible to tell who was family and who wasn’t. If they hung about long enough they might even find themselves tucking into a bowl of Rowie’s signature paella.
‘What we love most about Farmdrop is that it is run by passionate and like minded people who want to see everyone have the chance to buy directly from farms like ours.’ Rowie Meers, Farmer
● Organic status since 1997
● Family run, with the help of Wwoofers (‘willing workers on organic farms’) in the summer
● Purton House is also a wedding venue
● Soil Association Gold Award and Wiltshire Wildlife Trust Corporate Green Award Winners, 2013