East Lothian retailer , Knowes Farm Shop, was awarded one of the food industry’s most prestigious titles – Local Food Farmer of the Year – at the Farmers Weekly Awards 2010.
Knowes Farm Shop near Dunbar received judges’ praise for its dedication to sourcing the best quality local ingredients.
One third of the shop’s sales are attributed to home-grown or homemade foods which struck a chord with the judging panel.
Hilary and Peter Cochran, farm and farm shop owners said:
“Our relationship with customers is, by definition, highly personal.
“They cherish that relationship and become involved in what we do.
“When people visit Knowes, they can see that this is a modest but authentic rural food store and they love our ‘We pick, you choose’ philosophy.
“We also pride ourselves in supporting local, voluntary and charitable events as well as acting as ‘mother hen’ to start-up food ventures.”
Knowes Farm Shop is one of the UK’s oldest and longest running farm shops, welcoming over 1000 customers every week.
Visitors flock in to see how the farm works and to purchase the goods they produce.
An average of 900 dozen eggs are sold directly from the farm every week and over 120 tonnes of potatoes are sold every year in the shop.
The Farmers Weekly Awards hope to draw attention to businesses which showcase best practice, in a bid to inspire others and improve and promote the role farmers play in society.
The coveted Local Food Farmer Award was independently judged by four judges, one of which, Lee Woodger, head of food chain for the National Farmers Union said:
“Peter and Hilary grow as much food as possible to sell in their farm shop. It sets an example of how every farm shop should be run.”
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