One of the most enjoyable experiences on my buying trip in the UK was a stop at the Daylesford Organic Farm Shop tucked away in the Cotswolds. I had prior knowledge of this place thanks to a friend’s French magazine in which it was featured (although the article was written in French I quickly got the gist that is was a food lover’s paradise and I scheduled it as a must do on the trip). I think the photos speak for themselves, really. There are no words to describe how seamlessly and meticulously this farm shop is run…not to mention how incredibly inspiring I found it as a storeowner.
We stocked up on some goodies for lunch including some soft cheeses and their award-winning potato and chedder bread and then had a picnic on the grass out the front. All the while discussing how we have wasted 6 years of opportunities visiting this magical place…if only we had discovered it sooner. Oh well, I am sure we will manage to squeeze it into our subsequent buying trips in the years to come.
We were pleased to see Tasmanian Matthew Evans’ recently published book “The Real Food Companion” on display for sale in the cooking book area of the farm shop. Also, upstairs in the homewares area one can find cushions made with antique hemp grain sacks - just like the ones we stock at the Drill Hall Emporium!