What We Do
Where we get our food from has never been so important with climate worries, ecological concerns, health considerations and other issues making our choices of where we source what goes on our plate so crucial. That choice can also be hugely confusing and often the key ingredient of flavour is left too far down the list of priorities. Well we make it simple by selecting great tasting fruit and veg, 100% farmed and harvested right here in Sussex and curating our acclaimed veg boxes week on week. Sign up for one of our deliveries and you will be guaranteed to discover the difference that locally sourced food eaten in season can bring.
Almost all our produce is either from Demeter Biodynamically or Soil Association Organic certified farms (we're up front and say where it isn't). Occasionally we source from other producers who are working through the process of certification or are farming using other sustainable, low intervention methods. All our baked goods and other products are produced using organic ingredients.
Ashdown Organics formed from the chaos of the 2020 spring Covid-19 pandemic. Our founder, Oliver Loveday, who was previously working in adventure travel as an expedition leader guiding clients up Kilimanjaro and trips in the Himalayas. The pandemic wiped out at least a whole year's freelance work and Oliver was forced to "pivot" and find a new direction. Returning to his love of food and drink (he worked for 10 years in the wine industry as marketing manager of a Champagne House and spent several years living in France enjoying the local markets and boulangeries) he found a new niche after dropping off some emergency farm shop food packages to friends who had been forced to self isolate. A following for his carefully selected boxes of Sussex produce quickly developed and customers from all across London and Sussex were keen to get his home deliveries.
Since those early days delivering out of the back of a small VW Polo and packing boxes under a gazebo in the garden, Ashdown Organics has established itself as part of the landscape. We now have our own storage and packing facility located up on the top of Ashdown Forest near Fairwarp and a fast growing team spreading the word and making deliveries.
We are lucky enough to have formed amazingly close and trusted relationships with our local farms, giving us direct access to the very best fruit, veg, bread, cheese, yoghurt, drinks, meat and more that Sussex has to offer. We don't do ordinary wholesale...everything is freshly picked for us. Try one of our boxes and you will instantly see the difference!