Chegworth Valley, owned and run by two generations of the Deme family, is famous for its award-winning juices. They also supply a wealth of fruit and vegetables – from trusty spuds and carrots to that odd bod of the brassica family, the funny looking but deliciously versatile purple kohlrabi. Could we put more emphasis on apples, pears, soft fruits & salads?
The 100 acre home farm has been producing traditional English apples for over 30 years, and there’s nothing the Demes love more than wandering around the orchards in the summer, picking and eating apples straight from the trees. Their production methods, with no harmful chemicals, mean that their apples are the size, shape and taste that nature intended – and all the happier for it.
Although perhaps it’s not only the ethos that the fruit are thriving on. If you find yourselves in Kent on Twelfth Night you might overhear some medieval wassailing in the orchards – an ancient ritual that involves singing to the trees for a good harvest!
When it comes to harvest time, the fruit is handpicked and often pressed within hours for maximum freshness. The juice is then gently pasteurised and bottled on the farm. Chegworth Valley produce a plethora of juice combinations, and we’re sure you’ll enjoy sipping the Egremont Russet just as much as the Discovery. And one thing’s for sure – never again will you request anything so vague as ‘apple juice’.
‘Farmdrop links us with people who share our passion for great quality food and drinks. And having orders placed direct to us means there is no risk and no waste.’ David Deme, Chegworth Valley
● Stalls at Farmers' Markets across London, including Broadway Market, Parliament Hill and Islington
● Over 18 Great Taste Awards, Best Product and Best Greengrocer at the Slow Food London Awards 2014 and 2015, and Best Kent Juice Producer at the Taste of Kent Awards 2015 and 2016