The award-winning Trenchmore is a family-run farm in Cowfold, near Horsham, which produces top quality Sussex X Wagyu beef, Silly Moo Cider and heritage wheat.
Their mission is to farm for flavour with sustainability in mind, and they were named the Sussex Food and Drink Awards' Farmers of the Year in 2017.
Recently, Trenchmore Farm won a 2 star Great Taste Award for their Silly Moo Cider and a 1 star Great Taste Award for their Heritage Wheat Berries.
Trenchmore's beef is used by a number of top chefs.
You can find it regularly on the restaurant menus of Jodie Kidd's Half Moon in Kirdford, Shepherd & Dog in Fulking, Gravetye Manor in West Hoathly, Kitty Fisher's in Mayfair, Drakes in Brighton, Gingerman in Brighton, Chewton Glen in the New Forest and Ockenden Manor in Cuckfield, as well as specials boards in other establishments.
Trenchmore's cattle are mostly grass fed but also enjoy brewer’s grains from Two Tribes in Horsham, pressed linseed cake from Flax Farm in Sedgwick and the occasional treat of apple pomace from the cider press.
Spending the summer grazing the fields around the farm, their suckler herd move into Trenchmore's award-winning Roundhouse Barn, which is specifically designed to keep the animals happy and healthy, in the winter.
Speaking of which, Silly Moo Cider is produced from their orchard which has around 1,600 traditional cider apple trees. This is supplemented by apples from the gardens of Sussex, which apple swappers bring to them each autumn. Silly Moo Cider is available in bottles or unfiltered on draft.
As well as their beef and cider, Trenchmore's heritage wheat produces excellent flour and wheat grain berries, which can be used instead of rice and are packed with more protein and fibre.
Local Food Sussex says
Trenchmore Farm is such a wonderful Sussex success story. It was the realisation of a dream for owners Andrew and Joanne Knowles, who had always wanted to be involved in farming but found their careers had other ideas until 2010. Moving down from London, they first planted an orchard before then introducing their cattle herd – and they haven't look back since.
Their delicious produce reaps the benefits of the time, passion and care this dedicated family puts in to the farming process. Trenchmore's philosophy is inspiring and one that should be fully encouraged.
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