Theres nothing better than fresh local produce, and it is now more important than ever to support small businesses, and shop local. Here in Cornwall we have some of the freshest and tastiest meat and produce, and our local farmers have set up their own little farm shops to give customers the opportunity to but these products at their absolute freshest. Here are some of the best farm shops that Cornwall has to offer.
Padstow Farm Shop, Padstow
One of the goals of Padstow Farm Shop is to minimise their carbon footprint, which is extremely important when it comes to helping the environment. The shop has been open for over 15 years now, supplying the locals with fresh produce, as well as supporting other local small businesses, such as artisan cheese producers, and local bakeries. Another thing that the farm shop prides itself on it how they care for the animals before they get to the butchers counter. All of their animals are free range amnd pasture fed. Not only is this more ethical for the animals, but it also helps to increase the quality of the meat they produce. When you visit the shop you can find a range of fruit and veg, along with a butchery and deli counter. The shop also sells locally produced fresh pasta, so you really can create a whole meal with things you find in the shop.
Argal Farm Shop, Falmouth
Compared to Padstow Farm Shop, Argal Farm Shop is much smaller although the quality is just as high. This farm shop is a small family run business in the south coast of Cornwall, and specialise in all kind of fruit and vegetables. One of the things that sets the fram shop apart from the others, is that they also offer an organic skincare range, made with entirely with organic ingredients. They also partner with Grumpies Kitchen, who produce fresh meat pies. Grumpies also offer gluten free and vegan pies, meaning this fram shop really has something that everyone in the family can enjoy. One of the best sellers at the shop is their delicious homemade cakes and pastries.
Hilltop Farm Shop, Camelford
One things that makes the Hilltop Farm Shop different to the rest, is that it also has a restaurant and cafe. Inside the farm shop, you can find succulent fruit and deliciously fresh veg. In the cafe you can find yummy breakfasts and traditional cornish tea’s. At the restaurant, they often host themed nights, in the past they have hosted cocktail nights, spanish tapas nights, and also burger nights, where all of the food is homemade, using locally sourced ingredients. The shop itself has been notimated for the Cornwall Muddy Awards and has reached the final alongside Padstow Farm Shop. the shop also stocks locally produced Tan Dowr Cornish Vodka.
Lobbs Farm Shop, Heligan
Lobbs Farm Shop has one of the most diverse ranges of products on this list, but one of their most popular products, which they pride their self on, is their cornish raised beef and lamb. In their shop they also sell a range of alcohol, inclouding locally brewed beers, and wines. One of the best parts about Lobbs Farm Shop is the beautiful location. The shop is located right next the breathtaking lost gardens of heligan, which makes for a lovely day out, especially since the farm shop is open 7 days a week. Inside the farm shop ou can choose from huge ranges of frsh fruit and vegetables, and British Farm Assured meat.
Boscastle Farm Shop, Boscastle
The Boscastle Farm Shop has won many awards due to the fantastic quality of their meat and fresh produce. Along with Lobbs Farm Shop, Boscastle Farm Shop, it is surrounded by beautiful scenery recognied by the National Trust, and is only 50m from a coastal walking trail. One of the unique things about this farm shop, is the fact that they also sell fresh locally sourced lobster straight from the coast. They also sell homemade baked goods such as pies and cakes. The shop also ensures that they used home grown, and locally sourced products wherever possible, to ensure that they operate as ethically as possible.