Three farm shops in the running for rural awards
Three farm shops have made it to the finals of the food category in The Rural Business Awards, staged in partnership with rural organisation the CLA and Amazon.
Cowdray Farm Shop (in Midhurst, West Sussex), Cobbs Farm Co (Hungerford, Berkshire) and Jolly Nice Farmshop & Café (Stroud, Gloucestershire) are all in the running for the Best Rural Food and Drink Business category at the awards.
Northern Ireland’s Mash Direct and Yorkshire-based T Soanes & Son Poultry are also on the shortlist.
Judges praised Cowdray Farm Shop’s “strong local rural partnerships”, while they hailed Jolly Nice’s transformation of a derelict petrol station into a “sustainable community hub”. The Cobbs chain of seven shops was nominated for its growth of staff and commitment to local responsibilities.
The winners will be announced at a ceremony on 5th October at Denbies Wine Estates in Surrey.