Important notice - Online Ordering Closed Temporarily - Please Read Carefully

The Apricot Centre is doing everything it can to help deliver local fresh food to the community. We have however now hit the capacity for what we can deliver and therefore will not be able to accept new orders for the time being. We still have a limited number of places available for the following groups:
 - self-isolating WITH symptoms
 - self-isolating due to underlying health problems
 - over 70's who have difficulties accessing shopping
 - key workers (as defined in the government guidelines)

If you fall into one of these groups, you are welcome to create an account and order. Following that please email bob.mehew@apricotcentre.co.uk and let me know so that I can try and put your order as a priority (and I will try to let your order go through) until we have reached our ultimate maximum capacity.

For others, we wil have a waiting list for new orders, so we would encourage you to create an account and order the items that you would like. We will then put these orders on hold and then let you know. We will then reinstate these orders on a first come first served basis as availability arises, and we will inform you that we are ready to deliver to you. We are working to try and increase our capacity but we need to hold out at the current number for the weeks commencing 23rd March and 30th March.

Thank you for your support and understanding

Warmest Wishes, 

The Apricot Centre Team

Chicken & Egg FAQ

About our Chickens

Our free range chickens are ‘White Leghorns’. We have a small flock of 40 hens, at a low stocking density, feeding on our grass and clover ley, supplemented by organic layers pellets for the first year. We hope to eventually feed our own grain, grown on site. No medicines or antibiotics are used at all, we put some vinegar into the water. The animal welfare standards are of the highest being to "Demeter" standard, we are in "conversion" at this point but they will be fully organic / biodynamic in September 2017. We have chosen the White Leghorn as they are nimble and able to take flight if a fox is around, they are kept in electric fences in mobile houses and will be moved through the orchards as our planting progresses.

The eggs are white and they will be sold fresh, within a week of being laid. We have been pioneering at our Essex farm. They sell out every Saturday by 11 am, people rave about them saying that it is the size of the flock ie small, and the fact that they are grazed on the green pasture that makes them so delicious.

Egg FAQ

Q. What is biodynamic farming?

A. Founded in 1924, Biodynamic farming is the oldest 'green' farming movement, and forerunner of organics. All biodynamic farmers and growers practice organic methods of cultivation, are against genetic modification (GM), and share its ideals, but there are important differences. Biodynamics has metaphysical and spiritual roots that organics does not, and thus embraces the mystery of all life processes, including the subtle and energetic realities that are not necessarily easy to measure or justify using current scientific methods. Whilst it’s a simple farming system based on natural rhythms and ecological principles, it is not easy to explain in a few words. See here for more information.

Q. How can I order eggs?

A. Our preference is for you to place a weekly or bi-weekly order for eggs and choose a collection hub for delivery. We will then deliver to this hub every Friday, where you can collect the eggs and pay for them by leaving the money at the collection hub. See the website for collection hub details. Order eggs here.

Q. What is the price of the eggs?

A. £2.25 / half dozen. £4.50 / dozen.

Q. How do I pay for eggs?

A. If you are ordering for a weekly or bi-weekly collection, please order by paying for 10 weeks of eggs in advance (£22.50 / half dozen). You can pay by BACS