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Farm Shops - Quick to Adapt

12 June 2020 17:41

Farm retailers nationwide are hopeful that shopping habits forged as a reaction to coronavirus will last long beyond the pandemic, following an unprecedented surge in new customers.

Providing reliable access to abundant fresh seasonal produce, sourced with low food miles directly from local family-run farms at fair prices, the country’s huge network of independent farm shops has become a more attractive option to shoppers than ever before, according to research by the Farm Retail Association (FRA).

Some 92 per cent of farm retailers surveyed by the FRA reported a “significant” rise in new customers since lockdown rules began in March. Quick to adapt from the very start, farm shops have offered continually replenished shelves to establish themselves as quality local alternatives to under-pressure supermarkets.

Crucially, farm shops provide calm environments with easy to follow social distancing measures that allow shoppers to feel safe, whilst communities are also benefiting from a raft of new services that were not available before. 

With this in mind Farm Shops are seeking help and assistance with their planning permission applications and business rates appeals. To find out more contact Davies & Co on 01536 524808 or email