Review: Farmdrop online farmers’ marketplace

Farm Drop

We love nothing better than whiling away a Saturday rummaging through our local farm shop and artisan food market, stocking up on fresh ingredients for a delicious, hearty meal.

Now, with online marketplace Farmdrop (exclusive to London) you can buy the finest food and drink from local producers, without leaving the comfort of your sofa. We put it to the test….

How it works

A bit like a farmers’ market, you can browse and buy fresh food from local farmers and producers which gets picked, packed and delivered to your door. You deal direct with the farmer so you can buy healthier, fresher food while giving the farmers and producers a fairer financial deal.

Farmdrop offers fresh meat, fish, dairy, bakery, seasonal fruit and veg, as well as a range of larder items and drinks from specially selected producers, including the likes of Chegworth Valley, Fosse Meadows Farm, Moons Green, The Weald Smokery, Pig & Hay, Oliveology, Cultivate London and more.

Farmdrop delivery

Not only does Farmdrop deliver your food to you, you can also find out all about the background and specialities of each of the producers that supply to them on the website. Farmdrop also have a great recipe and blog section, so as you shop you can learn how to get the best from your shopping bag.

In our box

Farm drop deliveryOld Spike Roastery—Sidamo Ethiopia coffee

Oliveology—Kalamata Olives

Pig & Hay—Scotch Egg

Pig & Hay—Stilton and Onion Sausage Roll

Comptoir Gourmand—Ham and Cheese Quiche

Oliveology—White Truffle Oil

The Urban Cordial Company—Blackcurrent & Lemongrass

Bread Ahead—Focaccia

 

Our favourites

Being huge coffee lovers we couldn’t wait to try the Old Spike Roastery coffee. Based in London’s up-and-coming Peckham Rye, the Old Spike Roastery makes great quality coffee and creates jobs for homeless people in London. We enjoyed a lovely bag of the Sidamo Ethopia ground coffee which was lightly roasted with a delicate body.

We always gravitate towards the picnic food and nibbles at farmers’ markets, so we loved our handmade scotch egg and sausage roll from Pig & Hay foods, who use only ethically-sourced ingredients.

The Urban Cordial Company provided us with a handmade fruity blackberry and lemongrass cordial. Founder Natasha used to forage for fruits in London as a creative outlet outside of her day job. Now The Urban Cordial Company has moved on from foraging to buying their fruits from farms around London. The majority of fruits they use are the odd looking fruits that supermarkets won’t sell, which helps to reduce food waste.

The verdict

Farmdrop has definitely found a gap in the market for Londoners who want a taste of the countryside without venturing too far. We love the fact that you can discover producers and recipes all while doing your weekly shop! The food we received was fresh, handmade and delicious, but what we love the most about this company is that you know you’re buying the freshest food direct from small local farmers and makers who are passionate about what they do.

 

Farmdrop_IconAppNEW:  Farmdrop has a new app! The app let’s you click-to-harvest fresh, healthy food direct from over 70 independent British food producers producing free-range organic meats, fish, dairy, bakery, seasonal fruit & vegetables, drinks, deli and larder items.

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