With so many people wanting to cook and prepare their own food from scratch, there's been a big interest in buying herbs fresh from the suppliers. Here in Cornwall there are a few herb farms and herb shops available. You can also sometimes find herbs for sale in farmer's markets, or the speciality market sometimes held on Lemon Quay in Truro.
My favourite herb farm in Cornwall has to be the Halzephron Herb Farm shop on the Lizard. Although they've moved from the premises I first visited, they're now back on the Lizard sharing an organic farm with Roskilly's, making it double the fun to visit. In fact, with the shop, coffee shop, farm walks, and milking demonstrations, this one alone could easily be a half day visit!
I hope you find this article on herb farms in Cornwall useful. I've enjoyed writing it for you.
I first went to Halzephron Herb Farm in Cornwall nearly 20 years ago. I was taken there by somebody who bought a lot of herbs. It had a fantastic setting, right on the clifftop. The views were amazing - and so was the shop. In particular, I remember fascinating bags of dip mix and a great taster bar.
Halzephron Herb Farm now has three shops, one on the Lizard, one in St Ives and one in central Truro. While St Ives and Truro are just shops, the shop on the Lizard is in a rural setting, the shop is on the Roskilly's Farm site where there's a free car park and some great farm walks too. The farm is a fully-working farm, producing high quality milk that makes Roskilly's fudge and ice-cream, which can also be bought on site.
Halzephron Herb Farm shops sell individually packaged herbs, as well as gift hampers, recipe books, chutneys, sauces, cooking sauces, curry sauces, dip mixes (I love these!), herb dressings, honey, marinades and stir fries, mayonnaise. preserves, edible seeds and a deli counter.
In addition to foods, there's a whole product range of soaps, bath and shower gels and wheat bags - again, all organic products. The wheat bags are filled with locally-grown Cornish wheat and Halzephron's home-grown and dried herbs.
All Halzephron Herbs are organically grown in Cornwall.
The gift packs and hampers available range from a Party Pack of dip mixes, through to deluxe food hampers presented in a wicker basket and sealed with cello film and a ribbon.
Bodmin Nursery have an indoor herbs section, with over 200 herbs, sold in pots. This is not a herb garden you can walk round.
Bodmin Nursery is open Monday to Saturday 9am - 5pm and Sundays 10am - 4pm. The on-site cafe is open every day from 10am to 4pm.
There's lots of free on site parking and dogs are welcome on a lead as well as at the outside tables of the on site cafe. The site is flat and easy to walk, so is wheelchair friendly.
St Kitts Herbery:
St Kitt's Herbery is a modern, chic, retailer of herbal products. A qualified herbalist makes all of their products on the premises. They currently stock over 300 products, including:
- Medicinal Preparations
- Creams and Ointments
- Herb Incense
- Herb Chocolate
- Essential Oils
Everything's beautifully packaged and wrapped. There are also some great herb chocolate selection boxes, an ideal gift starting at just £4.45. They also have smaller, individual bars of chocolate available from just £2.45.
Where possible, St Kitt's Herbery use as much recyclable packaging as possible. None of their packaging or wrappings are made from food crops. Toiletries do contain some additives to give them a longer shelf-life, but they keep this to a minimum.
All products are made by hand, meaning less carbon emissions.
No animal products are used in the production of any of the St Kitt's Herbery products, neither do they buy any ingredients from companies that test on animals. There are no colourings in the products either.
Everything is suitable for vegetarians - and most products are suitable for vegans.
Group Visits and Talks:
Although the public cannot look around the herb farm at St Kitt's on an ad-hoc basis, you can book a group visit. Group visits last approximately two hours and include refreshments plus a talk and demonstration on a particular theme. There is a small charge per person. Get in touch with them to find out the theme and costs.
The Wilderland Herb Farm: CLOSED
Wilderland was a small, private herb farm, with scented gardens and coffee/cake shop, where you were free to wander round and see all the well-labelled herbs showing their common name and the information you need about soil type and the environment they need.
Unfortunately Chris and Mary, who started Wilderland, have now closed their doors.
Wilderland sold potted herb plants for you to grow yourself.
In the same location as Wilderland Herb Farm they also ran Vegetable Plants Direct
They were a fairly new company, set up in about 2005 - this herb farm was also featured on the TV programme "Life Begins Again", which plotted their struggle to build the business.
The farm was put up for sale in 2013 after it was repossessed.
The Forge Brewery
The site of Wilderland Herb Farm is now used by the Forge Brewery, a small independent brewery.
travelespresso from Somewhere in this exciting world. on September 15, 2010:
Nice hub cornwall_UK.
cornwall_UK (author) from Cornwall, UK on September 13, 2010:
I've had a tip off of another herb farm in Cornwall, so will research that and visit them and update the hub :)
Simone Haruko Smith from San Francisco on September 13, 2010:
Goodness gracious, I had never even heard of an herb farm before- I mean, I've heard of herb gardens, but only in peoples' backyards! I wish my city had some herb farms I could swing by- these sound lovely.
cornwall_UK (author) from Cornwall, UK on September 12, 2010:
I'm probably going to be in a Halzephron shop tomorrow, unfortunately not the one on the Lizard though :(
They're fabulously full of treats to try - they always have different food tastings going on! I should have mentioned that :)
I love their party dips - so more-ish.
I'm sure there are more herb farms in Cornwall, if only I can remember where! When I remember, I'll add them :)
Wendy Iturrizaga from France on September 12, 2010:
I always wanted to visit Cornwall, now that I now about the Herb Farms, I have another reason to make that special trip!