Old Weston Garden Farm Shop
Sylvia and John bought nine acres of land on the road to Alconbury four years ago with the aim of producing local food for local people and passers-by. They only sell what they grow themselves, and everything they offer is grown in Old Weston, so you can’t get anything fresher or more local.
The kitchen garden produces a range of seasonal fruit, vegetables and herbs including many heritage varieties grown primarily for flavour. Veg boxes are available for delivery or collection. On my visit, we harvested some globe artichokes – just £1 for three.
The pair also keep free-range chickens who wander around the orchard eating what nature provides. Their eggs have a beautiful mix of coloured shells from white to green/blue, and light to dark brown.
Rare-breed pigs such as Gloucestershire Old Spots and Berkshires are reared in open spaces, producing high quality meat. Pork boxes are available in autumn and winter. And traditional Norfolk Black turkeys and Embden geese are raised in an enclosed pasture for Christmas and Easter.
Old Weston Farm Shop is open Monday to Friday 9am to 6pm and seasonally on Sundays. Sylvia and John also open their smallholding to visitors every Sunday between May and September, when you can see their operation and round off your visit with a cream tea in the Wildflower Tea Garden.
By Philip Seaman, Cambridgeshire editor