It’s fun to shop local

Following a difficult year of lockdowns, it seems that people are increasingly appreciating their local community and enjoying the businesses and organisations on their doorstep. Also, many shoppers are still cautious about shopping in busy places with crowds of people.

So, this is a great time to shop local and discover the businesses in and around Faversham.

Brogdale Farm, on the town’s outskirts, has a lovely selection of local independent businesses with some great ideas for Christmas presents.

Here are some Christmas gift ideas from Brogdale.

Fruit trees and shrubs from Brogdale

Our fruit tree nursery in the unique position of grafting its fruit trees from the National Fruit Collection’s root stocks.  This means you can buy some very rare and heritage fruit trees, grown on your doorstep.

The staff at Grow are extremely knowledgeable when it comes to fruit tree care and growing.  We can offer expert advice on the right kind of tree to suit your outdoor space.

A perfect idea for an unusual and personal gift – and you can’t get more local than this! Visit our shop here.

Kakawa Artisan Chocolate

Who doesn’t like a great slab of chocolate – especially when it tastes this good!?  Kakawa joined the Brogdale community this year and have a fabulous range of chocolate and other confectionery which you can buy from their shop at Brogdale or order online from their website.

They have also started running chocolate making workshops – a terrific gift idea for the chocolate-lover in your life.

Rural courses and treats from Brogdale Collections

Brogdale Collections is a charity which looks after the National Fruit Collection, located at Brogdale Farm.  Throughout the year it holds a wide selection of workshops focusing on growing, food & drink  and learning rural crafts.   These are ideal Christmas gifts ideas for anyone who enjoys being outdoors and learning something new.

Another great idea is to treat someone to one of their Orchard Passes for Christmas.  These enable people to visit Brogdale’s beautiful orchards all year round.

Local food, drink and gifts

Mad Cat Brewery at Brogdale is now selling its fabulous range of craft beers via its website for click and collect or local delivery.  They have launched three special Christmas beers called ‘The Followed Star, Christmas Jumper and Santa Paws’ – which are available in bottles or mini-kegs.  A great idea for presents or even for your own consumption!

In 2022, Mad Cat will be reviving their very popular brewery tours.  A nice idea would be to buy gift vouchers on their website which the lucky recipient you could use to buy beers, merchandise or to pay for a tour.  Something for every beer-lover!

The Tiddly Pomme is our popular shop in the Market Place at Brogdale which sells locally produced food and drink along with books, gifts and much more. If you’re looking for inspiration for the food lover in your live – they’ll definitely be able to help you!

They sell their own Woolly Pig craft cider, made on site by apples grown at Brogdale.  The also sell local liqueurs, juices and beers along with a wide range of preserves, beverages and other food and drink.

Buy the gift of a relaxing treatment

The Country Practice at Brogdale Farm offers a wonderful range of treatments for the body and soul, such as a relaxing massage.  What a great idea for a gift.  Their vouchers come beautifully presented in a lovely, decorated gift bag too.

Visit Brogdale Farm

Brogdale Farm is located in countryside on the edge of Faversham and surrounded by hundreds of acres of orchards.  It’s a lovely place to visit.

Whilst visiting, you could great yourself to a delicious breakfast, lunch or cream tea at The Courtyard at Brogdale.  This café and restaurant is family run and serves freshly prepared food using many local ingredients.  Their milkshakes are legendary and worth a visit in themselves!

For more information about the tenants at Brogdale Farm and their shops, visit their website’s Tenants Page here.