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Shop nominated for a ‘rural oscar’

On a roll...Staff from Farndon Fields Farm Shop pictured earlier this year after Kevin Stokes won the Farmers Weekly Local Food Farmer of the Year award. The shops impeccable customer care and first-rate farming and business skills were big factors in the win. (Submitted picture)

On a roll...Staff from Farndon Fields Farm Shop pictured earlier this year after Kevin Stokes won the Farmers Weekly Local Food Farmer of the Year award. The shops impeccable customer care and first-rate farming and business skills were big factors in the win. (Submitted picture)

A FARM shop in Harborough has been shortlisted for the rural equivalent of an Oscar.

Farndon Fields Farm Shop in Farndon Road has been put forward for a Countryside Alliance Award 2012, which bills itself as The Rural Oscars.

They have been nominated by their customers in the Local Food category.

The awards celebrate the characters, skills, traditions and enterprise of the countryside through the people who work to keep the trade ticking.

Farndon Fields Farm Shop is independently run by owners Kevin and Milly Stokes.

They began selling potatoes in 1983 but the business has since grown to include a butchery, cafe, plant centre and impressive displays of over 40 varieties of fruit, vegetables and flowers.

Mrs Stokes said: “We feel that we have been nominated because over 75 per cent of our suppliers are from the local area.

“We also grow a lot of our own produce which enhances flavour and provides better quality, and helping to reduce food miles.”

The store was also shortlisted last year for the Countryside Alliance Awards when they won the Local Foods category.

Staff attended a glitzy event in London held in the House of Lords and the store was praised as being a superb family-run business by Harborough MP Sir Edward Garnier.

Although they did miss out on a national title the farm shop did win big in 2008 when it won a National Food Retailer Prize in awards run by the Farmers’ Retails and Markets Association.

Mr Stokes said: “We are honoured to be shortlisted again this year.

“Hopefully this time we will go all the way and get the regional title.”

 

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