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Harker’s Farm Shop

Harker’s Farm Shop on Blackberry Farm in south Nottinghamshire was established in 1954 and has been run by the same family ever since.

Situated on a working farm where animal welfare is paramount, the shop is well known among top quality Midlands restaurants and in-the-know food lovers for its exceptional butchery counter, which sells meat from animals raised in the surrounding fields. Before being showcased in the farm shop, Harker’s beef is hung on the bone to mature for up to 28 days.

Harker’s Farm Shop also sells Harkers farm shop also sells their own home-reared lambs plus a variety of poultry – turkey, duck, goose and guinea fowl, much of it raised on the farm. There are 150 varieties of handmade sausages on offer too, including gluten-free options, plus 30 types of homemade burger, and a good selection of locally grown fruit and vegetables.

“We are proud to sell our own reared meat,” says farmer Rupert Harker. “We employ the highest standards of traditional stockmanship, treating animals with respect. The cattle are free to roam on our own land as far as the weather permits. During the winter months, when stabled inside, they are fed on natural foods including hay, silage and a cereal diet. No added hormones, additives or growth promoters are used.”

Harker’s has been part of the Red Tractor Assurance Scheme – an organisation that strictly monitors food safety and animal welfare issues – since 1996. The farm is also a member of the English Beef and Lamb Executive.

Harker’s Farm Shop also offers breathtaking views and has a field-viewing area where customers can see the farm’s donkeys, cattle, sheep, lambs, geese, ducks and smaller pets such as rabbits and guinea pigs. There is also a children’s play area.

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10% off meat in the farm shop on Tuesdays and Wednesdays only, excluding the months of November and December. Please mention you are a Great Food Club member at the till and, if required, show your membership card.

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Wolds Lane, Clipston on the Wolds, Nottinghamshire NG12 5PB
0115 9892260

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  1. Brenda Ainsley says:
    ExcellentYes, we've been customers for a long time. AND we can walk there, across the fields!
  2. Jackie Clark says:
    Excellence on our doorstep!!We are SO fortunate to have this absolute gem of a shop just up the road from us. An idyllic drive along a pretty country lane and we're there. It's always good to deal with a family business like Harker's Farm Shop as everyone is always so friendly and nothing is ever too much trouble. The quality of produce and service is always absolutely excellent and never has the saying "taste the difference" been more applicable than for food bought from Harker's. Highly recommended.
  3. Jim says:
    Excellent meat and also vegetablesBeen going here for many years. The meat is always extremely good. In my opinion the gammon they sell is the best I have tasted. Service is always friendly, and you still get a hand-written bill tucked into the bag with the purchase The vegetables are also very good! they get local produce in and it is a good price.
  4. Trish Hamilton says:
    A little gem tucked awayAlways a pleasure to visit, produce is always good quality and local. Staff are friendly and nothing is too much trouble. Give advice on cooking when unsure which has produced lovely meals. Want something a bit different definitely the place to go. Children's area is a lovely extra too. Highly recommended.
  5. Karen Sharpe says:
    Great SelectionJust the best place to buy your meat from. Well worth the trip, there are things for the kids to do, meet and greet animals in the yard, great selection of foods and the meat selection is amazing. The butchers are really great - happy to offer advice. Love it!!
  6. Glen Caddick says:
    The only way to shop If you have never been to Harker's, just give it a go. I promise you won't be disappointed, and you will certainly return. The quality of the produce on offer is of the highest standard. The staff are so helpful and obliging. You can compare the prices to your local supermarket but believe me, most of the time, you won't find a huge difference, the quality is where the difference is acknowledged. So go on, take a ride into some beautiful countryside, bag yourself some real goodies. Have a coffee whilst looking at the animals on the farm. Go home, and taste the finest meat around!!!
  7. Deby Cruddas says:
    Excellent Locally Sourced Quality Meat & ProducePreviously I'd only visited for Harker's Farm Shop for special occasions. Now though, the highlight of my shopping week is popping up to the farm. The farm and shop is beautifully situated in acres of green rolling hills just 10 minutes from home. Although I typically prefer to do my grocery shopping online, I find that it is worth it to do my meat shop separate to my online shop - both in value for money and quality of the meat - sooooo tasty and not pumped with water or hormones or any other additives that supermarkets use to keep meat looking fresh longer or to aid faster growth to speed up production. My family definitely notices the difference between store bought and Harker's Farm bought and of course I notice the difference when cooking. Their Clipston Classic sausages must be tried - meaty and delicious! As an added bonus for us foodies, there is a lovely selection of all sorts of goodies... I regularly stock up on the curds - Lemon-Lime and Orange being our latest discovery. Locally produced cheeses and beverages too. They have lovely fresh produce and eggs and a complimentary herb garden. My kids enjoy their visit too... as another reviewer said there are goats kept close to the shop and the owner has thoughtfully provided little pails of greens so little people (and big people too) can enjoy hand feeding the animals. Further on out is a little path that takes visitors past various paddocks which in warmer months house pigs/piglets, various exotic looking chickens and peacocks. Further down the path still you come across a pack of Alpacas, sheep, goats and I think a miniature pony. The counter service is brilliant - the butchers really know their craft. If I need a cut that might not be the norm, a phone call sorts it. While there may be some things that might be a bit more than my online shop or local supermarket, I don't mind paying a little bit more to know where the meat and produce is coming from or what is in it (if anything). I haven't noticed a difference in my spend each week - in fact for me, I think my meat and fresh produce purchases are often a bit less expensive especially if I keep an eye on offers. All in all, 10/10!
  8. Nathan Tait says:
    Wonderful little gem This place is fantastic, I feel very lucky to live just down the road.
  9. Karrie Regardsoe says:
    Harkers FarmFabulous fresh meat and veg, friendly service all at reasonable prices. Great to know where my meat has come from and to be able to buy as little or much as I need. So much choice and the sausages are particularly good.
  10. Viv Nightingale says:
    If you want to eat the best ...This is one of Nottinghamshire's gems. The shop has developed and grown over the 20+ years I've been shopping there and with the addition of the many animals has become a family friendly environment. At this time of year Tracy and Rupert arrange an outing for children to visit the farm and see the newly born lambs, this is a wonderful experience and more and more children come every year. This is where local food is prepared and sold by a wonderfully friendly team. Tracy is always looking for local products that she can add to the shelves and I always end up being tempted into trying something new. The fresh local veg complements the shopping experience; and the meat is superb and so tasty that you have to keep going back. But I do have one problem - what sausages do I try this week, I'm sure they have great fun trying to add more and more flavours to the menu and the list just keeps growing.
  11. Sharon & michael says:
    A fabulous place to shopWe have visited for many years to shop for great quality meat and have never been disappointed. These days we can buy everything we need: fresh veg, bread even wine and gifts! Our children are thrilled when we visit, the children's area and friendly farm area is a treat in itself, very much recommend this delightful farm shop and lovely friendly staff – a pleasure to shop!
  12. Amanda Edwards says:
    Much better way to spend your Saturday morning than at the supermarketI'm a veggie with a carnivore husband and like to know that the animal products I'm buying are ethically produced and sourced. Plus they always have a great selection of fruit, veg and cheese. As well as the slightly more unusual such as baking kits, which are excellent. Also since having a daughter we both prefer to do our shopping at Harkers than the supermarket. The kids play area and animals are fantastic and it's a much less stressful experience. The staff are friendly, helpful and knowledgable. I would and do recommend Harkers to anyone that likes their food.
  13. Debbie Roberts says:
    Fabulous We visit Harker's for fabulous meat and vegetables. You are made to feel very welcome when you walk in – what a lovely friendly atmosphere. Time to choose and aways a happy face. We will always return as we are treated as special customers. We always recommend to friends and family x
  14. Susan says:
    Great farm shopGreat choice Great value Great staff
  15. Jonquil West says:
    Quality meat and friendly service everytimeGreat choice of fresh meat complete with details of how and where it was reared. Always great quality and the butchers are happy to help with advice and suggestions. The service is friendly, efficient and it is never too much trouble to help you to the car with the heavy bags.
  16. Katy Thompson says:
    Simply brilliant!Harper's Farm Shop is simply brilliant! The quality of the meat is excellent and the friendly knowledgeable butchers are always happy to help give advice on different cuts of meat and the best ways to cook them. The locally sourced vegetables are fabulous too - especially the sprout tops in winter and the bags of kale. Visiting and feeding the pigs, alpacas, goats and other animals always puts a smile on my face (and the kids' faces too!).
  17. Donna & Simon Morley says:
    love this placeWe have been shopping here for 10 years. We love the meat and the lovely butchers who are always happy to help. We like John who is always kind and offers the kids a lollypop. It's a great family shop, my kids love feeding the animals (they have little buckets of vegetables so you can feed the goats, donkeys and sheep). We have seen this awesome place develop over the years, it sells fresh bread and veg, all locally sourced. A brilliant place and I would highly recommend it.
  18. Josh Edwards says:
    Hidden gem!Harker’s Farm Shop (sometimes referred to as Blackberry Farm) is an exceptional independently run farm shop situated on a working farm. Harker’s has an on-site ‘petting zoo’ for use of patrons. Expect to see goats, donkeys, chickens, sheep and pigs to name a few – take your children with you and they can feed the animals with the complimentary buckets of vegetables. With regards to the shop itself, it is situated in an excellent location with well stocked shelves selling everything from biscuits to gravy and locally sourced produce. Harker’s Farm Shop acts as a stockist for a variety of other independent producers in and around Nottinghamshire – be aware however that some items are marked up considerably compared to the price that you can get from your local supermarket. After filling your wicker basket full of goodies, you then make your way into the butchers where you can either pay for your goods, or select some fine quality and great value meats. Do remember to check the offers board on the way into the store as you might find some bargains. As far as I’m aware the meat is either reared by the farm itself or locally on farms nearby. The butchers are friendly and highly knowledgeable and skilled in what they do. They can offer advice on what cuts of meat match your suitability and will not always just offer you the most expensive cut. The meat is slightly more expensive than in the supermarket, however it surely makes up for it in taste and texture. There is also the fact that you are supporting local farmers as opposed to the supermarket giants. Overall, I think that Harker’s Farm Shop is excellent and great value on their vegetables and meat. When it comes to branded items – try them, they are good and locally sourced – but just be wary of over-pricing.
    • Tracy Harker, owner says:

      Thank you for such a glowing and detailed review. We love to hear what our customers think, and always take their views on board, which very often allows us to improve the service and products we offer. It’s certainly great to hear that you enjoy our ‘fine quality and great value meats’. Because we rear the majority of meat here on our farm we are able to cut out the middle man and keep our prices more affordable. We try to dispel the myth that farm shops have to be expensive to survive.

      As you quite rightly say supermarkets are often cheaper, obviously this is due to their mighty buying power. For this reason our ambient range is chosen carefully and we make every effort not to sell anything branded that you can find in the supermarkets, preferring to buy from small suppliers as locally as possible to help support the community. Thank you for your very kind comments, we very much appreciate them.

  19. Hazel Armstrong says:
    The only place to buy your meatI go and bulk buy my meat, everything that I have purchased has been fresh and top quality. It reminds me of the food that I produced when I had a small holding myself. Real meat, real taste and good price - why go anywhere else?

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