Sunday, 24 October 2021

Produce stall return encourages 'think local'

A FARMER has returned to a sales pitch in Henley after a five-year absence.

David Emmett, 65, who owns Rockwell End House Farm in Hambleden, used to sell fruit, vegetables and eggs at the Henley Farmers’ Market but left to do the same in London. Now he has come back and has a stall in the King’s Road car park every Wednesday.

Mr Emmett said: “To buy directly from us, the producer, you can speak to the farmer or someone who has been directly involved in producing your food. It is fresher than from a supermarket — for example, I picked the sweetcorn the night before. The produce has done fewer food miles. We grow our chosen varieties of produce for flavour, not for yield.” Mr Emmett’s farm has 270 acres and his main crops are wheat and oilseed rape but he also grows potatoes, tomatoes, asparagus and sweetcorn.

He also has 1,500 free range hens which lay up 700 dozen eggs a week.

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