With Christmas creeping up on us, our thoughts are turning to food. If you’re cooking Christmas dinner this year, you’ll want to spend a bit more on getting top quality seasonal ingredients, and this will probably involve a trip to your local farm shop.
If you don’t already have a favourite, we’ve looked for a range of farm shops around the country on Twitter. Follow your nearest one to find out more about their Christmas food and special offers.
The Gog Farm Shop @TheGog
An award-winning farm shop, butchery and deli, selling produce based on quality, taste and provenance. As the farm shop is in the Gog Magog Hills, walkers, dog walkers and cyclists alike are welcome to snuggle under blankets whilst enjoying a hot drink and street food in the outdoor Shack café.
Trevathan Farm Shop @TrevathanFarm
Specialising in seasonal vegetables grown on the farm, the shop also sells local produce including their own luxury, handmade Cornish ice cream. The farm also has self-catering holiday cottages onsite, and a restaurant serving breakfasts and lunches.
Low Sizergh Barn @lowsizerghbarn
The three-storey shop sells farm-reared beef, chicken and lamb as well as locally sourced produce and gifts. You can find out more about the farm and animals on the farm trail, after which you can warm up in the café, which also doubles up as an exhibition space for local artists.
Croots Farm Shop & Café @crootsfarm_shop
This farm shop sells high-quality products that are either produced on the farm or sourced from specially selected buyers. And every Thursday morning, you can buy fresh fish from The Grimsby Fish Van.
Primrose Vale @primrosevale
Selling their own fruit and veg alongside local meats, cheeses, breads, homemade quiches and cakes, the farm shop also rents out real Christmas trees in pots - all you have to do is look after yours and return it to the shop after Christmas where it’ll be looked after until next year. What a great idea!
Newlyns Farm Shop @newlynsfarm
Selling home-produced meat, fresh fruit and vegetables, as well as locally sourced food. In addition to the café, there is also a cookery school with a full range of courses for children and adults alike.
Oakchurch Farmshop @Oakchurchfs
The shop specialises in the farm’s own beef, but there’s also good quality gourmet and homemade food. The shop also sells a wide range of goods including gifts, jewellery, homeware, toys and fashion.
Foxholes Farm Shop, Butchery & Tea Room @FoxholesFarm
This award-winning farm produces its own meat and is passionate about providing local and ethical produce which reduces food miles and supports local farmers. You can even taste the products in Granny Smith’s Tea Room… and maybe a sneaky glass of wine too!
Isle of Wight
The Garlic Farm @TheGarlicFarm
As the name suggests, this farm specialises in growing and selling garlic! But there’s plenty to do there, including tours of the farm to learn more about garlic, as well as a children’s play area, and restaurant. There are lots of food and garlic-themed events, including an annual garlic festival in the summer.
Holwood Farm Shop @HolwoodFarm
This family-owned farm shop is housed in a converted barn and sells locally sourced, seasonal produce, including 20 different types of Kent cheese as well as artisan bread and charcuterie. As the coffee shop is so popular with cyclists, there are plenty of bike racks, and a pump and repair kit for anyone who needs it.
Uncle Henry’s @unclehenrysLinc
Providing customers with a ‘farm to fork’ experience, the farm produces both arable and pork to sell in the shop and café. They also sell fresh, local, seasonal and artisan goods sourced from 45 Lincolnshire producers.
Claremont Farm @ClaremontFarm
This is a farm shop, café, cookery school, and a fishing lake where you can not only buy delicious local and artisan products, you can also learn more about food production and cookery too.
Brocksbushes Farm Shop, Tea Room & PYO @brocksbushes
An award-winning farm shop selling high-quality, fresh produce and homemade products. There is also a tea room and garden centre, and in the summer months customers can pick their own soft fruits.
Millets Farm Centre @MilletsFarm
More than just a farm shop, Millets also provide family attractions and other businesses amenities including a garden centre, beauty salon and walking holidays - you can even buy your own shepherd’s hut from here!
Apley Farm Shop @ApleyFarmShop
Selling fresh, unusual varieties of fruit and vegetables grown in its own Walled Garden, the farm shop also sources good quality produce grown within a radius of 30 miles.
Rumwell Farm Shop & Café @rumwellfarmshop
Specialising in their own Aberdeen Angus beef, free range pork, free range eggs, honey and potatoes, there is also a Jam Kitchen where they make a range of jams, chutneys and marmalades.
Denstone Hall Farm Shop @DenstoneHall
Selling local, award-winning produce from their own farm, as well as sourcing goods from local suppliers with sustainable food practices. The large café, which overlooks the Staffordshire countryside, sells food that’s been homemade in their own kitchens.
New House Farm Shop & Tea Room @NHfarmshop
Housed in a renovated 16th century barn, this farm shop and tea room sells a variety of locally produced food and gifts including English wines, beer and cider.
Malt Kiln Farm Shop @MaltKilnFarm
After a catastrophic fire last year, the farm shop has been completely rebuilt. It sells the farm’s own beef, lamb and pork, as well as seasonal fruit and veg, and locally made produce on the deli counter. There’s also a coffee shop, plants and gifts.
Blacker Hall Farm @BlackerHallFarm
Blacker Hall sells seasonal, local produce in its butchery, bakery, deli and wine loft, as well as in the café. The farm also has a gift shop so you might be able to tick lots of presents off your list at the same time as sourcing your Christmas dinner ingredients.