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29 June 2020 11:14

Farm Retailers across the country are providing an abundant supply of fresh seasonal produce, sourced with low food miles directly from local family-run farms at fair prices

The UK’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 79 per cent of farm retailers polled by the FRA said they had introduced a click and collect service because of coronavirus, including in the form of completely contactless drive-thrus. Another 67 per cent said they had introduced home deliveries.

As a result, farm shops across the UK have processed an estimated 1.4 million-plus orders for home delivery or collection since the government’s lockdown measures began.

Such ingenuity means farm shops are protecting hundreds of jobs and income for thousands of farmer suppliers in otherwise tough economic circumstances. By adding new services for customers, some 73 per cent of farm retailers said they have either hired extra staff or furloughed fewer employees than they expected to.

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