Bert’s Barrow Farm Shop
Crave locally sourced food? I’ve discovered a whole barrow of it at a super farm shop in the delightful north Yorkshire countryside.
Started up by Marlene and Ian (Bert) Thompson from a roadside cart with an honesty box, Bert’s Barrow originally sold locally-sourced seasonal vegetables in aid of the village defibrillator fund. Now it comprises a new farm shop tucked into an old barn on Austfield Farm, with hens roaming outside in an area where you can sit and enjoy a drink or an ice cream. The Thompson family, led by Charlotte Wells Thompson and Jason Thompson, are now developing the farm shop and a veg box delivery service.
The welcome on entering the shop is warm and friendly, and inside the door sits Bert’s original cart. It is piled high with tempting locally-sourced food products, while at the rear of the shop is a mouthwatering display of seasonal fruit and vegetables.
I highly recommend Yorkshire parkin from Lottie Shaw who bakes in Elland; Harrogate Blue cheese from Shepherds Purse Cheeses of Thirsk; and the tastiest sausages from local butcher Starkey’s in Sherburn-in-Elmet.
If you are lucky enough to live within three miles of the farm, you can get your vegetable/fruit box delivered for free.
By Ann Fugler, Yorkshire editor