Customers urged to ‘shop local’ as national ward finalists announced

The finalists of a national awards celebrating the best in the farm retail industry have been announced.    

Large Farm Shop finalist, Craigies Edinburgh

The finalists of a national awards celebrating the best in the farm retail industry have been announced.           

Organised by the Farm Retail Association (FRA), the awards are the only ones to be judged by fellow farm retailers and celebrate the best farm shops, farm cafés and restaurants, farmers’ markets and trade suppliers in the country.

The announcement comes as farm shops across the country anticipate their busiest Christmas yet, with customers new and old planning special family gatherings after an unprecedented year.

Chairman Rob Copley said: “We wish every finalist in the Farm Retail Awards the very best of luck. This year especially, farm retailers have helped to keep the nation fed, offering easy access to fresh, nutritious and affordable British food.

“Run by local families for local families, supporting local farmers and local jobs, farm shops are at the beating heart of communities across the country. We hope customers keep coming back to support them and local farmers for years to come.”

Farm retailers play a crucial role in the rural economy, providing welcome support for thousands of independent suppliers, from family farms to artisan makers.

Rising Star Finalist, Colwith Farm Shop Cornwall

There are 19 finalists shortlisted for six awards in total. Categories include: Rising Star (newcomers to the industry); Large Farm Shop of the Year (turnover over £1.5m); Small Farm Shop of the Year (turnover under £1.5m); Farmers’ Market of the Year; Farm Café/Restaurant of the Year; Supplier Member of the Year.

The winners will be announced on Wednesday 3rd March 2021 at a virtual awards, taking place as part of the association’s annual industry conference, ‘Stronger Together’.

For more details, contact FRA Manager Jenny Rose on 01423 546214 or e-mail jenny@farmretailassociation.co.uk

Finalists by location :

BRISTOL
Business name Category finalist in Address
Farringtons Farm Shop Farm Café/ Restaurant of the Year Home Farm, Main Street, Farrington Gurney, Bristol, BS39 6UB
CORNWALL
Business name Category finalist in Address
Colwith Farm Shop Rising Star Colwith Farm Potatoes, Pelyn Cross, Near Lanlivery, Cornwall, PL22 0JG
COUNTY DURHAM
Business name Category finalist in Address
Barnard Castle Farmers Market Farmers Market of the Year Horsemarket, Barnard Castle, DL12 8LY
DEVON
Business name Category finalist in Address
Digitickets Supplier of the Year Pynes Hill Court, Pynes Hill, Exeter, EX2 5AZ
ESSEX
Business name Category finalist in Address
Calcott Hall Large Farm Shop of the Year

 

Ongar Road, Brentwood, Essex, CM15 9HS
HAMPSHIRE
Business name Category finalist in Address
Hampshire Farmers Markets Farmers Market of the Year Monthly markets at 7 x different towns/cities in Hampshire
KENT
Business name Category finalist in Address
COOK Supplier of the Year Eurolink Way, Sittingbourne, Kent ME10 3HH
LEICESTERSHIRE
Business name Category finalist in Address
Brockleby’s Supplier of the Year Melton Road, Asfordby Hill, Melton Mowbray, LE14 3QU
SCOTLAND
Business name Category finalist in Address
Craigies Large Farm Shop of the Year West Craigie Farm, Queensferry, Edinburgh EH30 9AR
The Heron Farm Shop Rising Star Kindrochet, Strathaven, Scotland, ML10 6QP
SUFFOLK
Business name Category finalist in Address
Appetite Me Supplier of the Year Manor Farm, Ixworth Thorpe, Suffolk IP31 1QH
WEST MIDLANDS
Business name Category finalist in Address
Canalside Farm Shop & Cafe

 

Farm Café/ Restaurant of the Year Mill Lane, Great Haywood, Staffordshire, ST18 0RQ
Bells Farm Shop Small Farm Shop of the Year Bells Farm Shop, Chadwick Bank, Stourport-on-Severn, DY13 9SA
Lower Clopton Farm Shop

 

Small Farm Shop of the Year Lower Clopton, Upper Quinton, Stratford-upon-Avon, Warwickshire, CV37 8LQ
The Farm, Stratford Small Farm Shop of the Year AND Farm Café/ Restaurant of the Year The Farm, King’s Lane, Snitterfield, Stratford-upon-Avon, CV37 0QA
Moseley Farmers Market Farmers Market of the Year Centre of Moseley at the crossroads – on the Village Green and along the Alcester Road & St Marys Row
WORCESTERSHIRE
Business name Category finalist in Address
Great Malvern Farmers Market Farmers Market of the Year Abbey Road (by the museum arch), Great Malvern, WR14 3ES
YORKSHIRE
Business name Category finalist in Address
Minskip Farm Shop Farm Café/ Restaurant of the Year

AND Rising Star Award

Minskip Road, Boroughbridge, York YO51 9HY
The Balloon Tree Large Farm Shop of the Year A166, Gate Helmsley, York, YO41 1NB

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