Eat better this spring; head to your local farm shop and pick up beautiful, fresh, seasonal ingredients grown on your doorstep.
ALLINGTON FARM SHOP
Allington Bar Farm, Chippenham, SN14 6LJ
Specialising in quality home and locally produced food, Allington Farm Shop offers a fantastic range of fresh salads, vegetables and fruit, an in house butchery offering a wide range of home and locally reared meat, a delicatessen counter with an array of local, artisan and some continental cheeses, charcuterie, handmade scotch eggs, locally smoked fish and locally made pies. Plus there is a huge range of essential and speciality grocery items sourced from the local area and further afield.
Whether you are looking for locally produced ingredients to produce your own creations or something delicious, quick and ready for the oven, you are sure to find it at Allington. Ask the butcher about the fantastic homemade sausages and burgers, perfect for bank holiday barbecues.
EDINGTON FARM SHOP
47 Westbury Road, Edington BA13 4PG
Edington Farm Shop, located in the picturesque village of Edington, has now been open for three years and is proving very popular with residents and visitors alike. The oak-framed farm shop has a wide range of local gifts, delights from the deli and freshly-baked bread to offer you along with home grown vegetables and flowers from their own Priory Farm.
Coffee and cake is always a tempting treat, a great way to relax with a friend whilst watching their brewers perfecting their next ale in the onsite micro-brewery. Sample the fantastic ales in the farm shop or enjoy a pint in The Three Daggers pub, just next door! Edington Farm Shop is open 7 days a week, 8am to 6pm. Visit them online to find out more and for forthcoming events and special offers.
HARTLEY FARM SHOP
Winsley, Bradford on Avon BA15 2JB
Spring is certainly in full bloom at Hartley Farm and they have enjoyed some incredible days out in the sunshine. Many of you will have visited the gorgeous spring lambs and calves which are a delight to customers young and old. As it’s such a great time of year to see the farm in action their Farm Open Day will be back on Sunday 1st May from 10—4pm. Barbecue enthusiasts will also want to get involved in the Butchery & Barbecue Demo on 19 May. Costing £25 per person (to include an arrival drink, tasters and your very own cut of pork to take home with you), the demonstration will show you how to create some mouth-watering cuts for the grill and head chef Gary will show you how to transform your ingredients into some irresistible alfresco dishes.
NESTON FARM SHOP
Bath Road, Atworth SN12 8HP
Work is currently underway expanding Neston’s shop floor to house even more of the best food and drink the west country has to offer. As well as their own award-winning meat, Neston also sources locally grown fruit and vegetables, free range eggs and freshly baked breads direct from many local farmers and producers to make sure the supply chain is short and fully traceable.
Head chef Steve Mercer has just launched a delicious new spring menu. There is an expanded breakfast menu and more wonderful veggie dishes to try too! Fans of Middle Eastern flavours can also sign up for a Lebanese Cookery Demo with Wafaa Powell on 13 May at 7pm. Just in time for barbecue season, Wafaa will be demonstrating a selection of fresh and fragrant Lebanese salads for you to recreate throughout the summer. The cost of the evening is just £20pp, book your spot now!
PAXCROFT FARM SHOP
Hilperton, Trowbridge BA14 6JB
If you like buying free range eggs at your local farm or village shop, chances are that they have come from Paxcroft Farm; their laying stock produces some 15 million eggs each year. Fresh, quality eggs of the very highest standard are what the Oatley family pride themselves on, with Paxcroft Farm eggs being distributed throughout Wiltshire and the South West. You can also find their eggs in their own farm shop far cheaper than you can buy at the supermarket. The shop also houses local honey, chutneys, jams and other goodies; it’s well worth popping in. As well as their delicious eggs, the farm has expanded over recent years to incorporate offices and workshops, catering for a number of small businesses. Offices are available from as little as £60 per week plus business rates. To find out more email firstname.lastname@example.org.
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With summer fast approaching are you thinking of dusting off the BBQ and taking advantage of the bank holidays to host a get together? Let Riverford take the strain; order one of their organic meat boxes. Try one of the mixed boxes, or simply choose your own from the range of organic meat. They offer pork and apple sausages, beef ribs, chicken breasts and much much more, all of which you can marinade using Riverford’s easy and inspiring online recipes.
To accompany your organic meat selection, why not order a salad box to go with it and really impress your guests? Visit the website for more information.
ROWDEY COW CAFE
Lower Farm, Devizes Rd, Rowde SN10 2LX
Rowdey Cow’s glass fronted café offers spectacular views of Roundway Hill and the surrounding farmland and serves scrumptious cooked breakfasts, lunch and teas as well as home baked cakes and barista coffees. Kids will love the children’s play area, and be sure to make time to visit the farm’s animals, including miniature Shetland ponies, goats, sheep and cows. Everyone who visits Rowdey Cow has to try their gobsmackingly delicious fresh ice cream, made on the farm from their own cows’ milk! They have up to 16 different flavours to choose from at any one time and the options change daily, so you can visit every day and not get bored! Find them in Rowde on the A342 Chippenham to Devizes road, they are open daily from 10am to 4pm.
WHITEHALL FARM SHOP
Within Whitehall Garden Centre, Lacock, Chippenham SN15 2LZ
Regular visitors to Whitehall Garden Centre will no doubt already be aware of its popular farm shop. The shop has a strong ethos for supporting local suppliers and West Country products, ensuring you can fill your larder with a great range of homemade pickles and chutneys, fresh fruit, vegetables, freshly baked bread, organic Texel lamb (reared on their own farm), locally produced pork and Lackham beef. Feeling thirsty? They have local beers, perrys and ciders as well as luxury items and hampers that can be made to order – a good Father’s Day gift perhaps?
Over the next few weeks there are some great events at Whitehall. The Outdoor Living Weekend (30 April & 1 May) will help you get your garden ready for summer with fantastic offers and giveaways. Gardening enthusiasts will love the Summer Bedding, Tubs and Baskets talk on Wednesday 4 May (2-3pm) and there is the annual Strawberry Weekend (with free strawberry plants) taking place on 14 & 15 May. For the full line of events and their details take a look at the website.
WILTSHIRE CHILLI FARM
Farmers’ Markets & Online Shop
After six years of chilli farming the owners of Wiltshire Chilli Farm have chillies running through their veins. Every colour, strength, style – you name it, they’ve tried it. What began as simple appreciation of their bold, bright flavours, developed into an avid pastime that saw them cramming hundreds of varieties on to their windowsills. Soon their homes were overrun with plants bearing fruit in abundance so they put up a polytunnel to house this obsession and the business grew from there.
Their passion for horticulture is matched only by their passion for food, which meant there was only one direction to go… chilli sauce! From a few spicy gifts for friends, the team graduated to small batches for the local farmer’s market, and saw that people couldn’t get enough of their sauces. Offering a fresh take on spice, they had hit upon a winning recipe of quality and variety. With each passing year, their passion for these fiery little peppers has only intensified and they are delighted that what started life as a hobby has flourished into a thriving business.
Look out for Wiltshire Chilli Farm products at your local Wiltshire Farmers’ Markets, Frome Independent Market, food festivals and shows, including the Bath & West, or you can always order online with 48hr delivery.