April 26, 2013 6:27 pm

Five of the best: farm shops

Gull’s eggs, squirrel meat or wild boar? The best farm shops are nothing if not varied

Blairgowrie Farm Shop

Welbeck Farm Shop

Welbeck Farm Shop

Situated in the soft fruit mecca of Scotland, this shop is legendary for superb raspberries and strawberries – picked daily from May to September. It also stocks the world-renowned Stornoway black pudding, made on the Western Isles, and an eclectic selection of meats: local wild boar and buffalo, plus beef, lamb and pork. You’ll find locally produced preserves, honeys and oatcakes too.

14-16 Reform Street, Blairgowrie, Scotland, PH10 6BD, 01250 876528, www.blairgowriefarmshop.co.uk

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Everleigh Farm Shop

The go-to place for exotic eggs: Maran hen’s, pheasant, partridge and gull’s eggs. The season is short and now is the time to indulge. Other springtime treats include freshwater crayfish and wild brown trout. In the autumn there’s a good selection of game birds from local shoots, plus hare, rabbit and wild venison.

Old Rectory Farm, Marlborough, SN8 3EY, 01264 850344, www.everleighfarmshop.co.uk

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Pick’s Organic Farm and Shop

This family-run farm and shop have been hitting the headlines thanks to their squirrel meat, which has been flying off the shelves. Other specialities include excellent organic Dexter beef, Gloucester Old Spot pork, free-range turkey, duck, geese and chicken.

The Cottage, Hamilton Grounds, Barkby Thorpe, Leicester, LE7 3QF, 01162 693548, www.picksorganic.co.uk

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Washingpool Farm Shop

This long-established farm boasts an impressive shop (formerly a shed) selling a superior range of produce. You’ll find locally grown chillies from Sea Spring Seeds, including the infamous Dorset Naga, spanking fresh vegetables and capacious bags of sprightly salad leaves, all grown on the farm. The well-stocked meat department boasts Washingpool beef, pork and lamb, plus rose veal and goat from local farms.

Dottery Road, North Allington, Bridport, Dorset, DT6 5HP, 01308 459549, www.washingpool.co.uk

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Welbeck Farm Shop

Situated on the historic Welbeck Estate, this impressive farm shop is famous for its butchery counter, seasonal vegetables and much more. There’s also estate-produced Stichelton cheese, Welbeck Bakehouse breads, ales from Welbeck Abbey Brewery, and Boutique Aromatique chocolates. On Fridays there is a fishmonger selling fish fresh from Grimsby docks.

Welbeck Estate, Worksop, Nottinghamshire, S80 3LW, 01909 478725, www.thewelbeckfarmshop.co.uk

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“The Farm Shop Cookbook” by Christine McFadden is published by Absolute Press/Bloomsbury Publishing

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