Wellington Farm Shop, Reading
Simple and delicious - the best local ingredients
A shop demonstrating a real focus on food miles and free-range products
One of my favourite farm shops is Wellington Farm Shop which is a regular stop on our family’s journeys down to the New Forest. Located just off the A33 the shop is part of the Duke of Wellingtons Estate.
There is a real focus on food miles and free range products at Wellington, two elements which we focus on when purchasing our food shopping. Much of the beef comes from their own herd of Hereford beef, which they farm on the Estate’s water meadows and the lamb comes from their Welsh Black Mountain flock. This philosophy follows through with the fruit and vegetable selection, as they typically stock what is in season and what is available in the UK.
I hope the UK’s Farm shops are one of the winners posts Brexit. With their philosophy of sourcing local British produce and allowing small farmers a direct route to market, a good farm shop can really create a sense of community. They can become a destination in their our right by offering an experiential shopping experience or a great café, as demonstrated by Wellington Farm Shop. But more importantly they can offer the consumer the option to shop in an environment which understands the importance of food miles, the environmental impact of packaging and is working with its suppliers to offer a long term sustainable future.