Broadditch farm is a 470-acre farm in Southfleet that has been farmed by the Harris family for over 170 years. The family moved to Southfleet in 1848, having previously farmed in Bedfordshire. The farm is currently run by brothers John and Mark Harris, who are 6th generation Harris’s. Together they have continued to grow the business not just in terms of farming but also offering a wide variety of homegrown and locally sourced seasonal produce within their Farm Shop.
The brothers take great satisfaction in growing, harvesting and selling their own produce to customers. The benefit of homegrown produce is its freshness and having been grown without added water or irrigation the flavour is second to none.
The farm has seen many changes over the years, having evolved from a very traditional farm growing a mixture of hops, apples, vegetables and housing beef cattle, to today being a mainly arable and vegetable farm.
Cropping on the farm today includes 250 acres wheat, 75 acres barley, 50 acres oilseed rape, 40 acres oats, 40 acres linseed, 5 acres vegetables and 10 acres woodland. Harvested crops are sent away, where wheat is used to make flour, oilseed is used to produce rapeseed oil and the oats end up as porridge.
A variety of seasonal fruit and vegetables are grown, aiming to offer a range of fresh produce straight from their fields, available to their farm shop customers within a few hours of harvesting. Homegrown fruit and vegetables include asparagus, beetroot, brussels, brussel tops, cobnuts, courgettes, curly kale, marrows, pumpkins, squash, rhubarb and sweetcorn.
Bursting with produce to inspire you, Broadditch Farm Shop is a delight for the lover of quality food. In May 1990, the family converted a farm building by the farm gate and opened their farm shop to offer a little taste of the countryside to all. Together the Harris family and their staff know the importance of offering a wide variety of homegrown and locally sourced seasonal produce within the fully stocked farm shop.
The farm shop also stocks a full range of other products, including an array of local meats, cheeses, eggs, bread, cakes and other artisan foods to give your taste buds a treat! This includes a good range of gluten free and vegan products.
Alongside the food items, they have a selection of Kent produced tipples for you to enjoy. These include gin and vodka from Copper Rivet, gin from Cantium, cider from Wise Owl Cider, beer from Dartford Wobbler Brewery and Longfield Mazery mead.
For special occasions, you will find a good range of gifts that provide perfect presents for all ages. For the festive season, this includes an extensive range of seasonal luxury food items as well as Christmas decorations, lights and fresh Christmas trees available in their Christmas Barn open throughout much of November and December.
Broadditch continues to build and promote its reputation as a small business providing local produce to the local community. Events of 2020 necessitated Broadditch to diversify to continue to serve local customers, which now means they offer a delivery and collection food service, full details of which can be found on their website www.broadditch.co.uk
As well as farming and the farm shop, Broadditch offer a range of events throughout the year to keep families entertained during school holidays. Although the last year has meant some of these events had to be cancelled and there remains uncertainty whether some of the events may go ahead this year, they are confident that they will all return as soon as possible!
Events that have been enjoyed by families for many years include an Easter Bunny Hunt, Summer Scavenger Hunt, Broadwitch Hauntfest, a Christmas Market and visits to Farmer Christmas.
John, Mark and the team at Broadditch continue their passion and welcome customers to enjoy all that is on offer throughout the seasons.
Broadditch Farm Shop
New Barn Road
Monday to Saturday 9am to 5pm
Sunday 10am to 4pm.
Telephone: 01474 834161