Keep it local: Independent farm shops in Liverpool
To achieve the freshest, heartiest dishes with quality local ingredients, the city region is home to a host of independent farm shops offering the perfect way to inject a truly authentic taste of the season. Here’s our pick of the best.
Words by Matthew Smith
The award-winning Claremont Farm in Wirral is known for its asparagus, strawberries and potatoes, but it also offers an extensive range of seasonal produce during autumn. Cauliflower, cabbage and kale are all now available in the farm shop. Events are also lined up to make the most of the season, including the family-friendly ‘Creepy Creations’ on 29-30 October which gives visitors the opportunity to pick and carve their own pumpkins, make their own chocolate and choose from a wide range of other autumnal activities.
Yew Tree Farm
Yew Tree Farm in Halewood is a family-run operation with free-ranging animals, a café and a farm shop which sells seasonal goods including pumpkins for Halloween and toffee apples for Bonfire Night. The farm also offers a selection of autumn favourites from fruit and vegetables, preserves and chutneys to cheese, sausages and ice cream, and sources each product from other local small scale producers without compromising on taste or quality.
Church Farm in Wirral leaves visitors spoilt for choice in its shop, which stocks organic fruit and vegetables and local seasonal produce including cheese, preserves, olives and speciality beers. To coincide with Halloween, visitors can pick from more than 1,000 pumpkins in the farm’s fields before carving them on site, or choose from a wide range of other seasonal activities and attractions during the October half term.