Darts and Villa Farm Shop among FARMA award winners
Devon’s Darts Farm and Villa Farm Shop in West Yorkshire were among the winning retailers at this year’s FARMA awards but the overall Retail Champion gong went to Middlesex Pick Your Own operation Parkside Farm.
Already the PYO category winner, Parkside Farm contested the top prize with the other category winners at the awards, announced at a dinner held during FARMA’s annual conference last week.
Darts Farm saw off six other finalists – including Drewtons, Newlyns Farm Shop and Loch Leven’s Larder – to take the the Large Farm Shop of the Year award while Villa Farm Shop, near Huddersfield, was named Small Farm Shop of the Year.
The other winners were Cambridgeshire’s St Ives Farmers’ Market (Farmers’ Market of the Year), Doddington Restaurant & Café in Lincolnshire (Farm Restaurant of the Year) and tow Nottinghamshire businesses – Maxeys Farm Shop (Newcomer of the Year) and The Welbeck Farm Shop (Farm Butcher of the Year).
All of the retailers were judged by a panle including Cheryl Garthwaite of Blacker Hall Farm Shop and Heather Copley of Famer Copley’s Farm Shop in Yorkshire.