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BE INSPIRED: Beyond the Traditional Farm Shop

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two hands exchanging fruit at a farm shop farmers market with title of blog beyong the traditional farm shopThe Farm Shop is by no means a new concept, it’s been a great way for farmers to drive revenue for many years.

However, with the growing farm-to-table movement and the increased demand for food providence, farm shops have increasingly become a successful form of diversification for farmers nationwide. With an estimated 4,000 farm shops in the UK and a combined annual turnover of approximately £1.5bn, it is now a very significant market.

However, while offering your produce for sale is popular, unless you have plenty of passing traffic it is necessary to think more imaginatively to sustain the operation and drive the customer numbers. It’s important to make visiting your farm as enticing as possible, thinking about providing additional experiences and activities, based on your location and available resources.

Here are some of the most popular farm shop experiences across the UK, who stand as strong examples of what can be done to enhance the experience and offer, and ways in which you can expand further as an aspiring rural entrepreneur:

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INDUSTRY COMMENT – The value of smaller scale developments in new, draft NPPF

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rural development, villlage landscpae, rural solutions, smaller scale residential developments, NPPFBy Associate Director, James Ellis.

Some of the most valued heritage in our rural British towns, villages and hamlets is the result of small-scale residential development that has taken place in previous centuries. Modest, incremental and organic growth of villages, well-designed and built to last using good-quality materials.

Think, for example, ‘Hovis Hill’ in Shaftesbury or many of the historic groups of village houses seen in TV shows such as Endeavour or Downton Abbey. Would they receive permission if the subject of a planning application in the 21st century? We think they should, but is the answer that simple anymore? Read More