As many of you may have noticed we are delighted to be selling Goodwood organic milk, cream, cheese and even rose veal and it would seem that every time we go to visit Goodwood Home Farm the sun comes out for us. Goodwood Home Farm is set at the heart of the 12,000 acre Sussex estate and is one of the largest lowland organic farms in the UK. Organic farming has run through the Richmond family for many years, in fact, The Duchess, The Earl of March’s mother, was one of the founding members of the Soil Association in the 1950s and passed her passion and knowledge down through the family who are equally dedicated to environmental enrichment, sustainability and the importance of good, healthy food. They very kindly gave us a tour of the farm, we are not jealous at all of their office!!! This is the view from Tim’s window (Tim Hassell, Home Farm General Manager). Home Farm raise native breeds, some indigenous to the Sussex Downs. The girls in the image are taking a rest after milking. They have a herd of 200 milking cows, mostly Dairy Shorthorn cross with a Sussex bull, a breed which originated in the 16th century. The milk is non-homogenised, to you and I means it tastes just like milk used to as the cream sits on top and you have to shake it before use! The milking and bottling is all done at Home Farm. These girls can produce 30 litres of milk a day each – 15 litres each per milking. I think this pregnant cow is ready to be milked. The mothers and calves are kept inside for while after giving birth but the majority of these girls and their calves will stay outside in the grounds of Goodwood all their life. They are fed on forage grown on the estate; this is a mix of clovers, oats, whole crop barley, whole crop silages and wheat, beans and vetches. They also graze the prime grassland around Home Farm ensuring they are naturally healthy, thus producing wholesome, excellent quality meat, milk, cream and cheese. Goodwood use the organic milk to make their range of handmade cheeses in the cheese room next to the dairy. Charlton is a creamy, firm textured farmhouse cheese with long rich flavours and a tangy finish. Levin Down is a deliciously rich and creamy soft white cheese which melts in the mouth, whilst Molecomb Blue is an award-winning soft blue veined cheese which is rich, full bodied and irresistible with a dark smokey grey crust having won a gold star at the Great Taste Awards and we stock them all. Sam (Sam Naylor who deals with the wholesale side of the farm) gave us the exciting news that their Charlton Cheese won a Gold Medal, at the British Cheese Awards, in the Traditional Cheddar Category and got Best Organic Cheese – 1st out of 75 entries. Their male Dairy Shorthorn calves are fed on the same home grown food as the other cattle. They are allowed to roam outside during the summer months and in deep straw barns year round to produce deliciously tender Rose Veal. The Southdown breed of Lamb has flourished on the South Downs for hundreds of years. Southdowns lambs are bred purely for their meat and graze particularly well on the chalk ground of the South Downs. The leg of lamb won Gold Star at the Great Taste Awards whiles the Southdown shoulder of lamb has been awarded two Gold Stars. All Goodwood produce can be traced every step of the way from field to fork. They are totally committed to the care of their livestock and to the sustainability of the countryside. No pesticides or fertilisers are used ensuring that the wildlife, hedgerows and centuries old natural ecosystem is protected and that the produce is as wholesome as the land from which it comes. We finish up at Goodwood by taking a drive around the estate – not all 12,000 acres, just the fields surrounding the racecourse to get a glimpse at some of the 92 fields they manage. The Estate views are second to none! Some days are so much better than others.