local food means higher quality, less food miles and less packaging waste
The Real Island Food Company started in 2007, predominantly to make it easier to buy quality local food. We want to be happy about the food we buy and eat, and confident about its provenance.
We are based on one of the few remaining dairy farms on the Isle of Wight. Three Gates Farm is home over 200 pedigree dairy cow as well as the locally famous ‘Calbourne Classics’ brand, providers of the highest quality, Ice Cream, Clotted Cream, Cheesecakes, Scones and a vast bakery range.
All of our produce is sold at our farm shop, The Dairy Deli. Based in Shalfleet, the Award Winning Shop is open 7 days per week.
Monday to Saturday 9 to 6pm
Sunday 10 to 4pm
The Dairy Deli Tel: 01983 531557
We want to support the local economy by buying from local companies and farmers. Paying a proper price keeps local companies in business, sustaining local jobs. Farming maintains our landscape, and the pastoral beauty is one of the things that locals and visitors love about the Isle of Wight.
Our product range changes regularly, depending on what’s in season locally. Buying food when its in season locally means that its fresher, and fresher food tastes better and contains more goodness.
You won’t find year-round availability of specialities that should be seasonal treats, like asparagus, sweetcorn or crab. Going back to cooking seasonally can be hard at first, but we’ve got lots of recipe ideas get your mouth watering.
Many of our suppliers have won ‘Great Taste Awards’ in national competitions, so they’re as good as or better than big brands.
Packaging and Waste
We try to use a little packaging as possible. We’ll deliver to you in a cool-bag that we reuse time and again. Cardboard boxes are reused by suppliers or recycled and we compost our vegetable waste or feed it to our pigs on the farm.