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This month The Soil Association is raising awareness of organic food and celebrating everything from producers to recipes. It’s a great opportunity to understand a little more about what organic food is and to think about the impact it has on our wellbeing, environment and economy.

So, what does organic actually mean? In a nutshell: higher levels of animal welfare, lower levels of pesticides, and no manufactured herbicides or artificial fertilisers, leading to more wildlife – all excellent reasons to go organic this September.

You can find lots of information, tips and recipes on the Soil Association website. Also look out for the #OrganicSeptember hashtag on Twitter.

To help you get involved, we’ve rounded up some of the best places to eat, drink and shop organic in and around Brighton.

terre e terre

Terre à Terre

After 21 years Terre à Terre remains utterly unique. Firmly established as a Brighton institution, it is also renowned much further afield thanks to the carefully composed flavours, shapes and textures of the completely original vegetarian dishes. The extensive organic wine and drinks list has been carefully created to match its eclectic menu. One word of advice: leave room for dessert. The Churrosimo and the lush truffle brownie bomb filled with salted caramel and coated in Satongo chocolate are sure to be winners.

Richmond Arms

The Richmond Arms at The Goodwood Hotel

Another establishment firmly on our organic map is The Richmond Arms in the famous Goodwood Estate. Its approach to food is a reflection of The Goodwood’s desire to serve delicious field-to-fork dishes, with the 12,000 acre estate providing an abundant larder for its kitchens. Goodwood Home Farm, with its award-winning organic meat, milk and cheese, provides many of the ingredients used in the dishes, and the estate is also the source of much foraged wild produce.

The Chimney House

The Chimney House

With its mission statement inscribed in chalk on the blackboard and a vibrant open kitchen, The Chimney House isn’t shy of its conscientious culinary process. With a strong emphasis on local, organic and sustainably sourced produce, owner Charlie Brookman and his team whip up familiar dishes with a wonderful twist. As you might expect, the menu changes regularly to take advantage of seasonal vegetables, locally landed fish and foraged food.

Infinity Foods Kitchen

Infinity Foods Kitchen 

The bubbly team at Infinity Foods Kitchen co-operative are committed to sourcing sustainable produce and let only the best organic produce through the kitchen door. Set across two floors, this popular North Laines café is light and airy, with French doors allowing diners to spill outside on sunny days, while upstairs is perfect for people-watching as you devour your lunch or breakfast. For a mid-morning or afternoon pick-me-up, don’t miss the organic drinks and homemade vegan cakes.

Food For Friends

Food For Friends

Established in 1981, Food For Friends has long been one of Brighton’s top veggie eateries, and the brigade are firm believers in supporting local producers and using organic ingredients wherever possible. This gourmet establishment has even been named Best Ethical Restaurant runner-up in the Observer Food Monthly awards for the last three years in a row. The floor-to-ceiling windows and elegant contemporary decor create an inviting space in which to linger and watch the world go by. Head here for a long, relaxed lunch and a glass of organic rosé.

black radish

Black Radish

If you haven’t already heard of Black Radish, let us fill you in. Black Radish is a haven of high quality fresh, organic and seasonal delights, and is the perfect place to stock up on ingredients or savour a healthy breakfast or lunch. It’s run by Jayne, a former garden designer, who believes quality food should be available to everyone. And there is indeed something for all thanks to the handmade bread and cakes, organic fruit and veg, local cheese and freshly pressed juices. Everything you eat in the café is made daily is available to purchase from the lovely shop.

foodilic

Foodilic

Foodilic are one of the few healthy takeaway food shops in Brighton and they serve a range of salads, organic salads, raw salads and hot vegetarian and of vegan dishes – making it ideal for vegetarians and vegans alike.

Foodilic also provides catering for a wide array of events including birthdays, weddings, parties and corporate events, so if you’re making the most of the summer and planning an event – they’d be the Sussex caterer of choice.

So do your bit for the environment and get eating organic this September. Our Sussex guide is available below. Look out for the new edition coming out this autumn.

 

Joele Forrester

Joele Forrester

Joele feels Hermione Granger’s pain of having a strange name and longs for people to be able to pronounce her name correctly (like guacamole!). Never one to take the lift, she still gets out of breath climbing the three flights of stairs to the office and is a lover of bookshops, vegetarian food and flavoured tea.

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