Ardross Farm Shop Flying the Flag at UK Farm Shop Awards

By | Oct 6, 2010

Ardross Farm Shop is flying the flag for Scotland as the only Scottish finalist in the UK Farm Shop Awards 2011 from the National Farmers’ Retail & Markets Association.

The Ardross farm shop will now be competing against four other farm shops across the UK for the ‘Own & Local’ Award, which recognises the retailer’s dedication to selling genuinely local food to local people. The business is also one of just three finalists in the ‘Environmental’ Award category. The UK winners will be announced on 25 January 2011 at FARM & MORE, the farm retail sector’s conference.

Ardross Farm Shop, near Elie in Fife, has come a long way since it first opened in 2005 to sell its own beef and vegetables to the public.

Dedication to customers, great service and offering genuinely local foods has paid dividends. Alongside the dozens of fresh vegetable varieties handpicked from the farm each day, visitors will find 21 day mature beef, the farm’s own honey and cut flowers, as well as meat from nearby farms, handmade ready meals, puddings, cheeses, preserves, alcohol and pâtés to name but a few. 32% of the produce on offer comes from the farm itself, and over 70% of it from Scotland.

The business is thriving, and the future of the family farm now secure. There is genuine commitment to the local community, not only in offering local food, but by providing a place where the artists can display their work, schools and groups can visit, and getting involved with local events and festivals.

Nikki Pollock, the farm shop Manager, commented, “We are delighted to be FARMA Awards’ finalists in these two categories. We live, breath, eat and drink our farm shop, and are always keen to respond to the comments and needs of our customers, and provide them with the best Scotland and the local farms here can offer. It is fantastic to have our efforts recognised.”

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