We have been growing organic vegetables at Sandy Lane Farm for the past 30 years. Mixing both tradition & innovation, as a family we are passionate about sustainable farming & working in partnership with nature & the seasons. The farm is a member of The Soil Association & goes through a rigorous certification process every year.
Growing vegetables is now the main activity on the farm and we have about 25 acres devoted to organic production (about a quarter of the farm) and operate two 8 year crop rotations to maximise soil fertility and diversity – one rotation for field-scale produce and one rotation run more like a market garden.
We have a range of soil types that suit different crops, but in general we have mostly sandy, free draining soil – which is very well suited to vegetable production and in particular root vegetables (we have lovely long, straight carrots!).
We believe following organic production methods is best for our soil and farm environment, which leads to really tasty veg and better resilience in varying weather conditions.
We sell our delicious veg at our shop on the farm, farmers markets, local box schemes and to Oxford cafes/shops/restaurants. The farm’s own produce is harvested & sold within the same week, guaranteeing freshness & avoiding waste. A huge range of organic veg is sold loose so that customers can buy as much as needed & avoid unnecessary plastic packaging. Super fresh, free-range, organic eggs are also for sale & free-range, traditional breed pork & lamb, reared slowly outdoors is sold in traditional butcher’s paper.
Seasonal varieties include (organised by our rotations):
- Potatoes – from about June to Feb – including Cosmos, Nicola, Trixie, Charlotte, Pink Fir Apple, Edzell Blue, Highland Burgundy, Salad Blue, Red Duke of York.
- Brassica family – all year – including broccoli (Calabrese, Purple Sprouting, Green Sprouting), cabbages (Savoy, January King, Tundra, Red, White, Pointed, Brussel Sprouts), Kale (Curly, Cavalo Nero, Red Russian), Cauliflower, Romanesco, Radishes, Swedes, Turnips
- Alium Family – from about June to Feb – Red & White Onions, Spring Onions, Garlic, Shallots, Leeks
- Legumes & Salads – Broad Beans, Runner Beans, French Beans, Berlotti Beans, Lettuce (Red Batavia, Butternut, Oak Leaf), mixed salad leaves, courgettes
- Umbilifers, Beets and Daisy families – from about May to Jan – including carrots, parsnips, celeriac, beetroot, spinach, chard, salsify, Fennel.
- Squash/Sweetcorn – from about August to December – Squash (Butternut, Buttercup, Blue Ballet, Musquee de Provence, Patty Pans, Uchiki Kuri, Sweet Dumpling), Pumpkin an Sweetcorn
We have 27 varieties of apple trees, a mix of traditional, older varieties, which all have unique flavours and ripen at different times. Raspberries & other soft fruit are grown on the farm in bright, sunny spots & have amazing