Old Weston Garden Farm Shop
Sylvia and John bought nine acres of land on the road to Alconbury in 2013 with the aim of producing local food for locals and passers-by. They only sell what they produce, nothing is bought in, so you know exactly where the food comes from.
Free-range chickens wander around the orchard eating what nature provides ensuring their eggs are fresh and tasty. Different breeds of chicken lay different-coloured eggs from white to green/blue, and light to dark brown.
Rare-breed Gloucestershire Old Spot pigs are reared outdoors with cosy, straw-filled houses to sleep in. Bacon and sausages are available all year while pork boxes are sold to order in the autumn and winter.
For lovers of lamb, Sylvia and John give their sheep a longer life, keeping the grass in the meadow under control. When the sheep have reached about a year old, their meat is sold as ‘hogget’ – a real treat. Hogget, being older than baby lamb but younger than mutton, produces a delicious, richly flavoured dark meat.
Traditional Norfolk Black/Bronze turkeys and Emden geese are raised in enclosed pastures for Christmas.
Eggs are available from the honesty box along with seasonal offerings including honey, preserves, apples, plums and pears, also bacon and sausages from the freezer. Old Weston Garden Farm Shop is open every day except Wednesdays and Saturdays.
Sylvia and John serve homemade cream teas, coffee and cake in the Tea Garden from the beginning of May through to the end of October on Fridays and Sundays. During this time the farm is also open for customers to take a stroll.
By Philip Seaman, Cambridgeshire editor