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Farm shops

A look back at how the Farm Shop became an important staple in Wales' shopping habits....

Farm shop butcherWith sustainability becoming more and more of a focus it’s hardly surprising that farm shops are increasing in popularity. It’s always great to know that these shops offer buyers food and drink that’s almost as good as buying it direct from the producer. Not only that, the staff know everything about the products they’re selling since, more often than not, they grew, harvested or hand-reared them themselves.

These small businesses continue to be recognised for their contribution to local enterprise and sustainability within the industry and as a taster, here are some award-winning establishments.

Head west to Carmarthenshire and just off the A48 you’ll come across a family-run little gem in Gorslas. Cwmcerrig Farm, run by the Watkins family since 1952, was originally a small-time business enterprise growing
fresh fruit and vegetables to sell at local markets and door-to-door. The concept for a farm shop and restaurant was born in 2008. After lots of hard work, Cwmcerrig Farm Shop & Grill opened its doors in February 2009 and has thrived ever since.

True Taste - Farm Shop - ExteriorThe shop, employing 20 family members and a further 20 from the local area, is truly at the heart of the  Carmarthenshire community. Time your visit for a Sunday and you can tuck into Cwmcerrig’s famous, extra-tasty roast dinners.

In the north-east in Denbighshire’s border country, you’ll find Hawarden Estate Farm Shop, situated amongst 20 acres of the finest fruits and seasonal vegetables, including the estate’s famous fresh asparagus. In 2008 the shop expanded and a brand-new outlet was built using only sustainable materials. It’s difficult to believe that the walls have been created out of recycled paper. They also like to collect as much of that fine Welsh rain as they can to use for operational purposes at the shop. In addition to selling produce direct from the estate, the shop often invites local producers from North Wales and Cheshire to showcase their food and drink.