Support local! The best farm shops near you
If you’ve vowed never to go back to piling your supermarket trolley sky high and ignoring your local shops, let us help you keep your promise with our pick of the best farm shops in Bucks & Oxon.
Stocking everything from aubergines to apricot frangipane, Worton Organic Garden offers click and collect every Friday, Saturday and Sunday and delivery between Friday and Tuesday, but if you want to pop in for a browse, they’re open from 10am-12pm.
This sustainable, family-run farm shop are currently running a click and collect system for their organic produce and signature Ten Mile Veg boxes, which are packed with super-local crops grown right there on the farm. You’ll need to sign up to their mailing list to receive an order form and then arrange a collection – no popping in on a whim here.
Recently re-opened at Wet n Wild by Queenford Lakes, Wandering Kitchen has transformed from cafe into a pop-up farm shop, offering everything from local essentials (bread, eggs etc) to eco-friendly cleaning products and toiletries. Keep an eye out for their Wander Home ready meals cooked by owner Ed, and nab a freshly-baked sausage roll and takeaway coffee on the way out.
Top up your BBQ supplies with the excellent meat counter at award-winning butchers The Blue Texel (we hear great things about the homemade flavoured burgers), as well as picking up fresh bread and veg, local seasonal honeys and chutneys and cheeses from The Oxford Cheese company. You can even stock up on a local gin or vodka to wash it all down with.
Bicester locals can pick up meat and free-range eggs directly from the source at Park Farm, with plenty of pork, lamb and beef products available to pre-order and pick up on designated collection days. You’ll need to plan in advance a little for the meat, but eggs can be bought every day from the farm gate.
Missing meals out? Recreate the Crazy Bear experience at home with their farm shop, which not only stocks meat and fish, cheese and veg, but also offers homemade pies, quiches and pasties as well as Thai curries and accompaniments. Open every day between 9am and 6pm, or you can order for delivery if you’re within a four-mile radius.
Currently only open for pre-order and collection or local delivery, Dews Meadow Farm Shop are hoping to re-open in June, but it’s well worth placing an order beforehand. Famous for their pork products, Dews Meadow also offer beef, chicken and lamb (the BBQ section of their price list has our mouth watering) as well as groceries and frozen homemade pies and pasties.
Millets Farm is steadily re-opening, with Frosts Garden Centre and their Pick Your Own strawberry fields both available as well as their fabulous Farm Shop (note you’ll need to pre-book for the PYO). The Farm Shop is open 7 days a week, and offers fruit and veg grown on the farm, as well as meat and fish, cheeses and truly excellent homemade cakes.
Home to the largest fruit farm in Oxfordshire, Q Gardens offers more fresh fruit than you’ll know what to do with (their specialities are cherries and homemade apple juices), but there’s plenty of other seasonal stock to choose from. Pick up veg, bread, flour and cheeses, as well as delicious ice-creams (flavours are displayed on the board outside).
Expect plenty of freshly-grown fruit and veg from this Pick Your Own in Oxford, who specialise in asparagus, strawberries, raspberries and potatoes to name a few – they even offer a PYO flower service! Head to shop to pick up veg boxes, fresh bread and local produce, or order online for local delivery.
Less traditional farm shop and more produce delivery service, Produce Warriors is an indie family business that delivers boxes of fruit, veg and groceries within a 60-mile radius of Banbury – ideal if you’d rather support local than scrabble for an Ocado slot. Plus, all the packaging is 100% recycled, so there’s serious eco cred there too.
This is a double whammy, as not only is the excellent Farm Shop at Peterley Manor Farm open for business (both for in-person browsing and online orders), but so is their Wild Strawberry Cafe. That means you can pick up a weekly grocery shop and a pre-ordered afternoon tea or picnic hamper – result.
A meat-eater’s haven, Chiltern Farm Food specialises in its own pork and lamb products. They even have their own shoot, which means that throughout the season you can pick up partridge, pheasants and ducks, as well as venison and rabbit. Visit the farm directly to stock up.
This family-run farm does what it says on the tin, providing their own eggs and meat as well as cheeses made from their own Guernsey milk. You can also pick up freshly-made bread, coffee and cakes, and boxes of essentials like fruit and veg.
The seasonal stock here is constantly changing, so you’ll need to pay them a visit to find out what’s available. Expect delicious, locally-sourced essentials including fresh bread, meats and cheeses.
There’s so much on offer at this rural Bucks farm shop that you’ll be spoilt for choice! Their online shopping system covers everything from the basics to home-cooked ready meals, as well as excellent cuts from their butchery (what else would you expect from the winners of 2019’s Most Innovative Sausage?). Best of all, you can even book a slot for a freshly-made takeaway pizza.
You’ll need to visit Boycott Farm to pick up your tasty treats as there’s currently no delivery and only a very limited click and collect option, but trust us when we say it’s worth the trip. Boycott Farm stock plenty of local produce, including honey, bread and locallly-brewed beers, but it’s their own stock that really shines. Make sure to nab some free-range eggs, Aberdeen Angus beef and some of their deli specials such as scotch eggs and pies.
Kings Farm specialise in butchery first and foremost, so it’s no surprise that meat takes centre stage here. The farm shop also offers excellent ready-made boxes, including a BBQ box, a brunch box and a There’s a click and collect option, or free delivery if you’re within 3 miles of Wendover.
Have we missed a brilliant farm shop near you? Let us know in the comments!