Farm shops offer the prospect of local food and respite from the ugliness and sterility of a visit to the nearest Tesco’s: they are a week-end break in the countryside.
Sussex Farm Foods is just off a sharp bend on the road from Pulborough to Bury Hill (that wonderful uphill pull that leads to panoramic views from the top of the South Downs. The shop started out in a little brick building selling vegetables and other local produce, including cheese. The shop has grown both in size and scope and moved out of the original premises into new adjacent wood-clad buildings. It stills sells lovely vegetables, fruit and cheese but now also sells a wider range of local brand chutneys and other fancy foodstuffs, gifts and has a coffee shop.
To the business of cheese, Sussex Farm Foods has a pretty good selection of cheese, including several local cheese-makers’ produce (Sussex and Hampshire). You won’t find all the cheeses you might want, but you will certainly find some pleasant to eat with an apple that evening … and if you don’t, then you can drive to the Pulborough Tesco for ordinary cheeses (pretty it is not, but it is convenient).