The brand new Rushfields Farm Shop, which sells everything that is delicious in Sussex, is inviting families and customers to join them for a free hog roast and kids pumpkin give-away on Saturday 23rd October. Never mind the weather – the outdoor area has a roof!

A formal opening ceremony will be held at 11am, toasted with Sussex bubbly, and several Sussex producers, including High Weald Dairy, Ringden Farm, Bolney Vineyard and Home Cakery, will be on hand giving out tastings of local food – but the fun will continue all day, running from 10am to 5pm.

Rushfields Farm Shop is on the Henfield Road, at Rushfields Plant Centre, which has been in business for 26 years, has been purpose built as a large, barn-style shop, traditionally constructed with Sussex oak timbers by conservation craftsmen.

Owners Pam and Colin Langridge have made Sussex a huge focus for the shop and have tried to stock everything that is great about Sussex, with a top quality butchers, selling meat so local that you can see it grazing on nearby fields, ably managed by butcher Paul Channon. It also sells classic Sussex cheeses from local dairies, including the High Weald Dairy, local sauces and chutneys from Sussex Valley and even local chocolate, from Cocoa Loco.

Shop manager Rachel Fletcher said: “The shop offers more than most farm shops because you can buy everything you need to eat or drink there, including staples such as bread, milk, butter and vegetables – and all at reasonable prices – so local food lovers have welcomed it with open arms.”