Where can you find a good UK farm shop?

The Telegraph kindly documented what they reckon are the best 50 farm shops across the UK.  Here’s what they said:

The Home Counties

Secretts Farm Shop – Godalming, Surrey

Village Greens Farm Shop – Dorking, Surrey

Laverstoke Park Butchers – Overton, Hampshire

Warborne Organic Farm Shop – Lymington, Hampshire

Windsor Farm Shop – Old Windsor, Berkshire

Farrowby Farm New -  Hinxworth, Hertfordshire

Franklins Free Range Poultry & Game – Sandy, Bedfordshire

The South East

Canterbury Farmers’ Market – Canterbury, Kent

Court Gardens Farm – Ditchling, East Sussex

The South West

Sheepdrove Organic Farm Family Butcher – Bristol

Kimber’s Farm – Charlton Musgrove, Somerset

Bramble and Sage Home Farm – Sutton Montis, Somerset

Pitney Farm Shop Glebe Farm – Langport, Somerset

Daylesford Organic – Daylesford, Near Kingham, Gloucestershire

Pythouse Kitchen Garden & Café -  Tisbury, Wiltshire

Allington Farm Shop – Chippenham, Wiltshire

Everleigh Farm Shop – Everleigh, Marlborough, Wiltshire

Long Crichel Bakery – Long Crichel, Wimborne, Dorset

Washingpool Farm – North Allington, Bridport, Dorset

Home Farm Shop – Tarrant Gunville, Blandford Forum, Dorset

Riverford Farm Shop – Staverton, Totnes, Devon

Wales & Shropshire

Ty-Talgarth Organics – Nantymoel, Bridgend, South Wales

Hootons Home-grown – Gwydryn hir, Brynsiencyn, Anglesey

Rhug Farm Shop – Rhug Estate, Corwen, Denbighshire

Ludlow Food Centre – Bromfield, Ludlow, Shropshire

East Anglia

La Hogue Farm Shop – Chippenham, Ely, Cambridgeshire

Walsingham Farm Shop – Guild Street, Walsingham, Norfolk

East Midlands & The North

Welbeck Farm Shop – Worksop, Nottinghamshire

Low Sizergh Barn & Farm Shop – Sizergh, Kendal, Cumbria

Westmorland Services Farm Shop – On the M6 northbound and southbound, at Tebay, just north of J38, Cumbria

Plumgarths Farm Shop – Lakelands Food Park, Kendal, Cumbria

Pink Pig Farm – Holme Hall, Holme, Scunthorpe, Lincolnshire

The Hollies Farm Shop – Forest Road, Little Budworth, Cheshire

Chatsworth Farm Shop – Stud Farm, Pilsley, Bakewell, Derbyshire

Claremont Farm Shop – Old Clatterbridge Road, Bebington, Wirral

Moorhouse Farm Shop – Stannington, Morpeth, Northumberland

North Acomb Farm – Stocksfield, Northumberland

Brocksbushes Farm – Nr. Corbridge, Northumberland

Bashall Barn -  Bashall Town, Clitheroe, Lancashire

Newby Hall Farm Shop – Langthorpe, Boroughbridge, North Yorkshire

Ainsty Farm Shop – Green Hammerton, North Yorkshire

Well done to all the farm shops that made the listing.  My rural online dating site www.muddymatches.co.uk was a farm diversifcation project so I understand the hard work that is involved in setting this kind of rural business up.  We were delighted when we were featured in the Telegraph back in 2007 – Truly, Mudly, Deeply – and it did wonders for business with thousands of rural singles signing up to meet like-minded country people.  Here’s hoping it does the same for all the farm shops listed above!

Posted under Places to Visit, Rural businesses

This post was written by Lucy on April 30, 2009

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Farmers Weekly Awards 2008: Winners Announced

The winners of this year’s Farmers Weekly Awards were announced at a glittering ceremony in London, where more than 1,100 people from the farming industry and a number of celebrity guests gathered together to applaud the very best in British farming.

The top award – Farmers Weekly Farmer of the Year – went to the winner of Young Farmer of the Year, Adrian Ivory, a beef and arable farmer from Perthshire.

Adrian is an inspiration for all farmers. He has a simple business approach that balances the demands of farm and family very well. He sets himself tough targets and he is completely focussed on achieving them.“  Jane King, Editor, Farmers Weekly

The other awards were:

Contractor of the Year
Sponsored by Michelin Exelagri
R & C Targett

Countryside Farmer of the Year
Sponsored by Environment Agency
Ian Waller

Dairy farmer of the Year
Sponsored by DairyCo
Charles Whittingham

Diversification Farmer of the Year
Sponsored by James Miles-Hobbs
Mercer Farming

Farm Manager of the Year
Sponsored by Claas
Matt Solley

Livestock Adviser of the Year
Sponsored by Silotite
Mark Hawe

Local Food Farmer of the Year
Sponsored by Farmshop.uk.com
Douglas Wanstall

Pig Farmer of the Year
Sponsored by Waitrose
Andrew Freemantle

Poultry Farmer of the Year
Sponsored by EB Equipment
David and Helen Brass

Sheep Farmer of the Year
Sponsored by Footvax
Crosby Cleland

The Farming Champion, sponsored by the NFU, went to Jimmy Doherty.

Jimmy Doherty is the Farmers Weekly and NFU Farming Champion. He has transformed the way the public think about farming through his TV series Farming Heroes, which reached out to more than 12m viewers over six episodes.“  Peter Kendall, NFU president

Posted under Awards, Rural businesses

This post was written by Lucy on October 28, 2008

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More Cider with Roger

Earlier in the month I posted an entry called Cider with Roger encouraging you to visit Land’s End Farm, where Roger Wilkins produces his famous farmhouse cider.  By coincidence, I recently stumbled across a video about him and I just had to share it with you.

This beautifully shot film is the perfect antidote to a stressful day:

Posted under Awards, Countryside Organisations, Places to Visit, Things to Do

This post was written by Lucy on September 27, 2008

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Nominate Your Rural Hero

Support the countryside community by making your nominations for The Countryside Alliance Awards.  Formally known as the Best Rural Retailer competition, these awards were borne of a need to support and promote our rural communities and are now in their fourth year.

The categories for the Awards, which you can vote on from 1st September, are as follows:

  1. Best Local Food Award
  2. Best Village Shop/Post Office Award
  3. Rural Enterprise Award (formerly the diversification category)*
  4. Daily Telegraph Best Traditional Business Award
  5. Rural Hero (NEW to 2008 – they want to hear about anyone heroic, no matter their age, line of work or what their heroic deeds)

They will also be naming the politicians of the year and inviting suggestions in the following categories from September:

  1. The Grassroots Award for community campaigning (open to Councillors, devolved bodies and the UK and Irish Parliaments)
  2. The Westminster Award for bringing the countryside to Parliament
  3. The Rural Vision Award, for the politician with the countryside’s future at heart (open to Councillors, devolved bodies and the UK and Irish Parliaments)

The competition was launched in 2005 with 600 nominations.  In 2006, 2,000 nominations were made and last year they received 2,500.  If you would like to get involved and make this the best year yet, you can NOMINATE HERE.

The closing date for nominations is  27th October 2008.

*Anyone want to vote for Muddy Matches, feel free (hehe)!

Posted under Awards, Countryside Alliance, Countryside Organisations, Rural businesses

This post was written by Lucy on September 10, 2008

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