Down the road from where we are staying sits an unassuming (but pretty) ‘shed’ at the side of a driveway belonging to Ottinge Court Farm. Inside the shed are some eggs and an honesty box, a freezer and two huge vending machines. One is named the MilkMate, and dispenses the day’s milk. A brilliant innovation which enables people to buy local, reuse bottles, and keep well-nourished.

We have a brief exchange with a couple of local men topping up with mid-week sustenance. They keep it simple and walk off, swigging from their bottles. We add cheese from the second vending machine, are tempted by some hazelnut yoghurt, and then drive westwards home.

The MilkMate is ‘active’ between 9am and 7pm every day.

We miss out on the Farm Shop, but it’s open on Saturdays (9:30am – 12pm) and Wednesdays (3pm – 6pm).

Back to Tame in Kent.

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