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 Cornish mackerel to pink grapefruit and pistachio cake, 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 open (Thurs & Fri 11am-5.30pm and Sat 10am-2pm) and 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 on Tuesday and then be at home for a delivery on Thursday or Friday.
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 honey and chutney 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 pop-up shop days (7 & 8 November and 5 & 6 December). Obviously, you’ll need to plan in advance 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 allowing one customer in the shop at a time, Dews Meadow Farm Shop is still open for business (Tues to Sat, 8.30am – 5pm). If you’re too time-strapped to wait, pre-order and collect or if you live locally, delivery is free for orders over £50. Famous for their pork products, Dews Meadow also offer beef, chicken and lamb (the Christmas turkeys look incredible) as well as groceries and frozen homemade pies and pasties.
Millets Farm is open (along with Frosts Garden Centre) and the farm shop is trading. It’s open 7 days a week (9am-5.30pm) and offers fruit and veg grown on the farm, as well as meat and fish, cheeses and truly excellent homemade cakes. However, you can click & collect if you feel more comfortable (and for all you super planners out there, you can pre-order your festive meats already).
The fruit-picking season is over but that doesn’t stop Oxfordshire’s Q Gardens capitalising on the year’s harvest – the farm’s apple juices are delicious. And there’s plenty of other seasonal stock to choose from. Pick up veg, bread, flour and cheeses, as well as homemade deli favourites such as quiches and Scotch eggs.
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 creds 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.
Originally opened in March 2020, the farm shop arm of popular South Bucks pub The Black Horse proved such a hit with locals that it’s still open for business today. Open every day from 8am to 8pm, it offers fruit and veg, bread and pastries and dairy and meat – including Christmas turkeys to pre-order.
You can’t get fresher than a dairy that specialises in raw milk, but it’s not all about the white stuff at this bijou farm shop. Expect plenty of delicious local meats, baked goods and wine, as well as essentials and produce like jams and chutneys.
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 shop directly (Wed to Sat, check the website for opening hours) 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. Visit from Tues to Fri 8.30am-5pm or Sat 8.30am-4pm.
The seasonal stock here is constantly changing, so you’ll need to pay them a visit to find out what’s available – handily, the shop is open daily. Expect delicious, locally-sourced essentials including fresh bread, meats and cheeses.
There’s so much on offer at this rural Bucks farm shop (that is staying open, hurrah!) that you’ll be spoilt for choice. But you can also shop online and order in 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.
Boycott Farm is staying open for Lockdown No.2 but it also has a click & collect system should you not fancy close-quarters shopping. The shop sells plenty of local produce, including honey, bread and beers, but it’s the farm’s 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 Winter Warmer box, a Ploughman’s Deli box, and there’s a click & collect option, or free delivery if you’re within five miles of Wendover.
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