[summary if needed] Mid Devon has a wealth of farm shops and amazing produce right on your doorstep, so why settle for less than the best?
Something for all the family at Fordmore
Eat fresh, eat local and eat well is at the heart of everything that happens at Fordmore Farm Shop and cafÃ© near Cullompton.
The premises on the Honiton Road is home to a fully stocked farm shop with in-house butcher, deli and cheese counter, fresh fruit and veg, gifts and more.
Both the shop and cafÃ© are open seven days a week, plus there is a play area, animals and plans to open serviced offices this summer.
Families can enjoy visiting the animals then have lunch, grab an ice cream or coffee or picking up their essentials from the farm shop, making a trip to Fordmore an outing for all ages.
Youngsters can make friends with chickens, ducks, sheep, goats, longhorn cows and pigs, as well as have fun in the play area.Â
Fordmore has its own butcher, who only works with the finest meat (including grass-fed longhorn beef) and is always happy answer any questions visitors may have.
So as well as supplying you with the best cuts, they will also be able to help you with advice on the best way to cook it.
The business is a diversification by third generation farmers at Fordmore after William and Mary Persey moved to Cullompton in 1942. As the farm continued to grow and the demand for quality food increased, they decided to open the shop to share their knowledge, expertise and passion with everyone.
For more information, to order online and for free local delivery, go to www.fordmorefarmshop.co.uk.
Halbertonâ€™s pride is fresh local produce
The pride and passion of the family-run Halberton Court Farm shop lies in the supply of fresh and local produce.
The shop is surrounded by the picturesque Grand Western Canal in Halberton, together with its own Swan Neck CafÃ©, named after the section of the canal that borders its fields.
Halberton Court specialises in growing seasonal fruit and vegetables as well as offering its own home-reared beef plus locally sourced meats.
There is also bread from the local bakery as well as locally-produced jams and chutneys, cakes, milk, cream cheese flour, pasta, charcoal and much more.
The farm shop is eco-conscious that producing their own beef reduces mileage, but they also make sure that nothing goes to waste, feeding the cattle with left over vegetables from the farm.
In the summer months there are opportunities to pick your own strawberries and raspberries â€“ and to pick your own pumpkins in the autumn!
The pet-friendly cafÃ© offers light lunches, cream teas and delicious homemade cakes as well as hearty soups and luxury hot chocolate.
The familyâ€™s belief is â€˜fresh is best,â€™ so of course all recipes are produced on site, offering an eat in or take away service.
Many customers enjoy the circular Grand Western Canal walk and pop to the farm shop or cafÃ© on their way around.
The shop is open from 8.30am to 5.30pm, Monday to Saturday and the cafÃ© 9am to 4pm, with both open 10am to 4pm during the summer months.
Go to www.halbertoncourtfarmshop.co.uk to find out more or call the shop on 01884 829543 or the cafÃ© on 01884 821458.
A much-loved hub for fresh food and company
Surrounded by the beautiful rolling hills of Mid Devon with views of Dartmoor, Thorneâ€™s Farm Shop and CafÃ© can be found just off the A3072.
It originally all started in a shed, but such was the demand for fresh local produce that the shop grew and grew.
So it moved just 50 yards up the lane at Stockleigh Pomeroy near Crediton to become a hub for locals and holiday makers wanting to feed their hungry families, or to sit and enjoy a coffee and a meal in the friendly cafÃ©.
The Thorne family grow their own vegetables and supply the shop plus many of Devonâ€™s greengrocers, wholesalers and other small businesses.
Visitors to the shop have their pick of cauliflowers, cabbages, calabrese, leeks and potatoes, together with plenty of other vegetables to choose from too.
All the staples on sale at Thorneâ€™s are sourced from nearby small local suppliers and everything in the gift section is all made within 20 miles of the shop.
In the summer, families are invited to go along and pick their own strawberries and raspberries, that have been grown on the site since 1986.
During the cooler months they can opt instead to enjoy a hearty breakfast while sat beside the roaring wood burner to set them up properly for the day.
There are always plenty of social events going on at Thorneâ€™s too, from quiz evenings, foodie themed nights and even stand-up comedy nights.
To find out more about Thorneâ€™s Farm Shop and CafÃ©, go to www.thornesfarmshop.co.uk or visit their social media pages.
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