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SHOPPING15 March 2024

Seven Fabulous Farm Shops

WORDS BY Katie Jarvis

The best gift you could give to the Cotswolds this season is to support its incredible farmers and food producers. And why wouldn’t you!

Local, fresh Cotswold produce is guaranteed to put the tastiest quality festive fare on the table. And here are five of the farm shops that stock just about everything you’ll need:

Cobbs at The Farm:

King’s Lane, Snitterfield, Stratford-upon-Avon CV37 0QA

01789 731807

 

Cobbs says:

"Cobbs is a unique food destination on the outskirts of Stratford-upon-Avon: a place to while away a

few hours with family and friends or to pick up your weekly food shop!

Once upon a time, our home was a fruit farm, popular locally for pick-your-own; but, after a

huge re-development of the site back in 2017, we now offer customers so much more.

 

"We have a farm shop, café (complete with Gozney pizza oven!), delicatessen, traditional butchery,

cookery school, workshops, farm animals, and a fantastic outdoor space for all the family to enjoy.

We support local brands and champion independent suppliers from our own and neighbouring

counties."

Cobbs’ USPs are:

We are proud to champion the immense amount of artisan produce on our doorstep, and promote ethical, wholesome, sustainable food.

Don’t miss out on:

Christmas at Cobbs! Order free-range, award-winning turkeys; take home local dry-aged beef; buy stunning trees, gorgeous gifts, and everything in between to make Christmas special.

https://www.cobbsfarmshops.co.uk/cobbs-at-the-farm-stratford

Wotton Farm Shop

Bradley Rd, Wotton-under-Edge GL12 7DT

 01453 521546

Paul Grimes of Wotton Farm Shop says:

"We’ve become something of a one-stop shop - up near 100 suppliers – with everything from Hobbs House bread delivered daily, to apple juice from Our Small Farm about half a mile away. We make sure our fruit and veg is as fresh as can be: hardly anything is wrapped in plastic. What’s more, you can come and buy one carrot, if that’s what you want.

"We’ve got around 25 cheeses on our counter, including Cheddar Gorge, Colston Bassett Stilton, and Somerset Brie. We stock a small amount of meat, such as free-range Creedy Carver chickens and local sausages. We also grow bedding plants.

"We’ve our own kitchen on site – we put heaps of cheese in our quiches, which is what makes them so good! Sausage rolls are a big seller; we also make a range of ready-meals each day."

Wotton’s USPs are:

Our passion is displaying our fruit and veg: you’ve got all those colours to work with, and I really enjoy making it look good. It’s a kind of theatre!

Don’t miss out on:

We’ve just taken on a range of Italian pizzas – they’re blooming lovely and flying out the door.

https://www.wottonfarmshop.co.uk/

Todenham Manor Farm

Lower Farm, Moreton-in-Marsh GL56 9PQ

01608 654341

Todenham says:

"Todenham Manor Farm is family run, and in the heart of the North Cotswolds. We have an award-winning farm shop and café on site, selling a wide range of local and national artisan producers as well as a fully stocked butchery counter with the true definition of farm-to-fork.

"We produce everything here: from fresh lasagnas and pies, to our customer-favourite Todenham sausages. Our products are further sold across many outlets, including Midcounties Co-op and Gloucester Services."

Todenham’s USPs are: 

We rear, raise and slaughter all our animals within a five-mile radius of the farm shop, providing low food-miles: a practice that mirrors perfectly the ethos of the meat we sell.

Don’t miss out on:

Our new lines of Moo’s Meals sold in our café and farm shop. We have handmade chicken and leek pies and traditional beef lasagnas.

 

The Cotswold Guy

Church Lane, Guiting Power, Cheltenham GL54 5TX

01451 851955

And at Gagingwell Oxfordshire OX7 4EF

01451 851955

 

The Cotswold Guy says:

"We have two wonderful farm shops. One is in Guiting Power, offering takeaway drinks, sandwiches and sausage rolls. And the other is in Gagingwell [West Oxfordshire], offering local produce and a cafe to enjoy breakfast and lunch; and, on Fridays, Pizza Night from 4pm. Steak and Lobster Nights are coming on a Saturday night from November.

"We specialise in sourcing the finest products for you to buy direct from us: We gather, you cook.

"We also do event catering for any number of guests, either with one of our talented chefs or all prepped for you to cook at home."

Cotswold Guy’s USPs are:

Sourcing the best products for you to enjoy in the comfort of your home.

Don’t miss out on:

Our famous sausage rolls... David Beckham's favourite!

https://www.thecotswoldguy.co.uk/

 

Jolly Nice Farm Shop, Café and Drive-through

Frampton Mansell, Stroud GL6 8HZ

 

Jolly Nice says:

Jolly Nice is a farm retail and hospitality business founded by a former dairy-farming family in 2013. It concentrates on bringing ethically and sustainably produced food to everyone, via its quirky farm shop and innovative drive-through, making everything from scratch using the very best ingredients, every day.  It aims to be as close to zero-waste as is possible by using all un-sold and over-ripe vegetables in the dishes created by its team of chefs. The recent addition of a bar serving exclusively local and regional drinks gives an unusual place for gatherings of every sort. Seasonal events over the years have elevated Jolly Nice to be a destination for everyone, from the Rat Man to the Royals.

Jolly Nice’s USPs are:

Jolly Nice is always 100% honest about what it sells and produces. It was founded on the highest principles around animal welfare, sustainability and quality, and it continues to uphold those principles to this day by supporting many local farmers, producers and artisans.

Don’t miss out on:

Louie’s sausage rolls.

https://jollynicefarmshop.com/

Daylesford Organic Farmshop and Café

Kingham, near Moreton-in-Marsh GL56 0YG

 01608 692871

 

Daylesford says:

Daylesford is dedicated to growing, producing and cooking seasonal, organic food. It must be fresh,

and full of flavour, packed with the many vitamins and minerals that come from natural food, picked

and eaten at its peak. Keep things simple with nibbles from the delicatessen counter, organic and biodynamic wines from our Wine Stall, and freshly made meals to heat up at home.

Bring your own containers to fill up on store cupboard staples at the zero-waste pantry, or pick up

tempting, freshly made salads, toasties and sausage rolls.

Daylesford’s USPs are:

Set amidst Daylesford’s working organic farm, you can’t get much closer to the source than in their

farmshop stocked with fruit and vegetables harvested daily from their market garden,

pasture-raised meat from Daylesford’s own farms, artisan bread from our bakery and

award-winning cheese from their creamery, all just steps away.

Don’t miss out on:

Inspired by what’s in season and growing on the farm, Daylesford’s cookery courses invite you to

master your culinary techniques while immersing yourself in real food and the natural beauty of the

Cotswolds.

https://www.daylesford.com/

 

The Organic Farm Shop

Abbey Home Farm, Burford Road, Cirencester GL7 5HF (but please use map, not postcode)

01285 640441

 

The Organic Farm Shop says:

We love that people enjoy and benefit from the incredible variety of organic food we grow here on the farm. We produce all our own meat – beef, pork, lamb and chicken – and around 60 percent of the veg (except in the hungry gap), including (more unusually) red peppers, aubergines, sugar snaps, cucumbers, and six varieties of tomato in season. Provenance is key: we know where the fresh food comes from and that it has been grown ethically. In the café, during the week we offer one vegan and one vegetarian dish of the day, and a soup that’s always vegan. We also make seven fresh salads each day, inspired by the garden. Even our simple green salad usually has eight different leaves and herbs. Sunday is the one day we serve meat from the farm: everyone can have an often all-home-grown roast dinner, including vegans, vegetarians and gluten-freers.

The Organic Farm Shop’s USPs are:

Because we grow to organic standards, without pesticides, the biodiversity on the farm is fantastic: badgers, rabbits, hares, deer, and a thriving bird population, including barn owls and kestrels.

Don’t miss out on:

Our ready meals – very popular – such as homemade cottage pie: vegetarian or beef; our eggs and honey.

https://www.theorganicfarmshop.co.uk/

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