My recent trip to the UK ended with a visit to Becketts Farm shop in Wythall, just outside Birmingham. Similar to a farmers’ market, farm shops bring together the farmer and the consumer; for the benefit of both.
I visited farm shops before and was always fascinated with the display of fresh produce straight from the fields.
Besides a whole array of fresh fruit and vegetables, these markets carry fresh dairy products, eggs, meat, chutneys, pickles, ciders and much more.
The Farm Shop
My visit to Becketts Farm started with a wander through the shopping area. I wanted to buy some homemade chutneys to take back home, so I took the opportunity to browse through the whole length and breadth of the shop.
A smell of freshly baked bread coming from the bakery filled the air. Families with small children going round the various counters getting their shopping.
Through one of the glass doors I could see a children’s cookery class underway. What a good idea to teach kids a love for cooking good food from scratch!
The Farm Yard and Restaurant
I made my way back to the large farm yard … and looked around. There was a conference hall down one side, arable land stretching for miles. I saw a few goats close to the fence … and a tractor parked to one side. There was also a nice florist and a restaurant.
The place was packed! A cake was brought out from the kitchen to the sing along of “Happy Birthday”. The place had such a warm feel to it!
I’m no good with English breakfast, but I found myself a very nice vegetarian meal and a nice glass of Pinot … at very good value for money too! No wonder the restaurant at Becketts Farm won various awards.
It struck me as though Becketts Farm was more than just a shopping experience. It was a family day out!
If you’re in the area, check them out. They’re certainly on my list next time I visit Birmingham.
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