Support local! Best farm shops near you
Vowed not to return to the pile-it-high supermarket shop and ignoring your local stores? Keep your promise with our pick of the local farm shops.
The Dart brothers’ fabulous upmarket food hall, rammed with local producers, including Quicke’s cheese, Luscombe Drinks, Otter Vale jams and preserves, Exe Coffee Roasters (and Muddy’s favourite panettone which comes tied with a cute fluffy red pompom). Tuck into Chunk of Devon pies, Good Game charcuterie and delicious Sharpham cheeses, local meat from their in-house butchery and an excellent range of local spirits and wines from around the globe. Post lockdown you can nosey around the Fired Earth concession, order on trend bouquets from the Flower Shack and have a mooch in Cotswolds Outdoor but note the toy department has closed to make way for another foodie offering opening soon.
What used to be Riverford Farm Shops are still in the family, but now named for Guy’s brother Ben, including four marvellous stores stuffed with organic Riverford veg and dairy as well as Totnes’ popular wine and tapas bar (currently closed due to lockdown). For home delivery, head to their Hole Farm Food Hub where apart from the usual suspects you can find some rather tempting wine, local gin and organic Barnaby’s Brewhouse pilsner, fab Almond Thief bakery bites, plus Ben’s own-brand ice-cream. You can click and collect from all four shops, or delivery is all south of Dartmoor, between Plymouth to Exeter.
Farming and fishing go hand-in-hand for this Taste of the West award-winning farm shop and cafe, so here’s your place if you want to swerve the Morrison’s fish counter, with premium fish including turbot and Dover sole and shellfish on the menu. Plus, they do a variety of meat and veg boxes and deliver free for orders over £50.
If I’m heading Dorset-way I always stop at Millers, not just for the joy of scooping up home-grown juicy apples and veggies into brown paper bags but for personal faves I struggle to find elsewhere, especially Bunnies Love chutneys (Antonia’s home-made carrot chutney and I have a thing going on) but also the biccies and yogurts the Miller family curate from over the Channel in France. Creamy lemon yogs in little glass jars, so retro and delicious. Yum.
Ever the real deal, the newly extended Strawberry Fields is full to busting with their own fruit and veg, laid-that-day eggs, a dedicated baker pulling fresh bread and pastries from their ovens, homemade pies and quiche, home-reared South Devon beef, lamb and local pork, plus oodles of chutneys and preserves made with apples from the family’s own orchards. Plus 10% off your turkey if you order before 30 November.
Much more than a country farm shop with a deli, butchery, restaurant cafe & plant centre as well as being home to award-winning South Hams Brewery and interior design studio Relish, all wrapped up in one delightful shopping experience. While the non-essential stores are closed till 2 Dec, you can visit the farm shop for the largest choice of local produce in the South Hams and order your Christmas hamper while you’re at it. Locals, don’t miss out on their homemade ready meals, like lasagne, hearty autumn soups, and Sunday roasts, delivered to your door.
This farm shop has had a few owners over the years but it’s hit a really good patch at the mo with Tom and Leanne at the helm. News is the pair just have taken over ownership of the on-site Orangery Cafe from the House of Marbles to add to their own in-store cafe, as well as stocking their usual local deli, butchery and bakery fare which includes Muddy’s face mince pies ever from Ryders Bakery, estate venison, local gin and spirits and cool kitchenware. With the Urban & Rural plant centre next door, it’s an interesting place for a mooch and a local Owens Coffee when you’re walking or biking along the Exe estuary too.
This quirky little number is Taste of the West approved, thanks to the amazing range of gourmet mushrooms Dave and Scott grow on site, plus they’ve just launched a new visitor centre where you can take a Grow Your Own Tour (when we’re not in lockdown) of the ‘shrooms behind the scenes. If you can’t get over there, buy their popular shiitakes, oyster, porcini and lion’s mane mushrooms online.
Something about this Taste of the West award-winning farm shop always reminds me of being in the States, the wooden veranda out front, the Aladdin’s cave of gifts, organic bathtime smellies, children’s toys and quirky housey things for your home. I can spend hours rummaging round in here, and the food…do not miss their home-made gooey choccie brownies, and homity pies, and they’re good for home-made meals and deliver around the Ottery area (min £40) too.
Taste of the West award-winning mill and farm shop, open daily for fresh baked bread, scones, and deli items, and they remain milling regularly to ensure plenty of flour for your bake-ins. John Torode was spotted using their flour on Saturday Kitchen recently and Tallulah, the vintage horse-box is open for delicious takeaway coffee and cakes.
A big Muddy tick for this lovely rustic farm shop open for delivery across North Devon (there’s also their shop in Combe Martin), selling local grown and free range produce, including hand-reared meat and homemade sausages (including gluten-free) from their own farm, farmhouse butter and local Stapleton Greek dairy yogurt (and clotted cream!), fresh bread, small batch local gin and wines curated by Ottery’s Christopher Piper.
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