The Farm Retail Association (formerly FARMA) has announced that Hutchinson Hobbs farm shop, in Yarm, is a finalist in the annual awards celebrating the best farm shops, farm cafés and restaurants, farmers’ markets, Pick Your Own farms and trade suppliers. They are the only awards that are judged by fellow farm retailers.
David Leon, from the Farm Retail Association said, “The range and standard of award entries demonstrates the exceptional quality of the produce and customer service customers can expect from our members. Savvy shoppers know that by buying directly from their local farm shop, farmers’ market and Pick Your Own farm they are getting the very best of local food and service.”
“The judges had a difficult job and Hutchinson Hobbs farm shop should be justly proud to be named as one of the finalists. They will now go forward to the second round which includes a secret shopper visit and a further round of judging to determine the overall winner in each category.”
Jenny, one of the directors of this family business and also the farm shop manager commented: “We are so pleased to have got this far, well done to all our lovely staff for all your hard work and dedication and to all our loyal customers for your continued support. This is a great honour as the judges look at farm shops nationwide so to be shortlisted is amazing! We are still a fairly new farm shop, having been going for three-and-a-half years now so to be a finalist for this prestigious award makes all our hard work worthwhile and is a great reward for our talented team of staff as well as reassuring our customers, who are always so supportive, that they are shopping at the right place!”
The winners will be announced at the Awards dinner as part of the Farm Retail Association’s Annual Conference and Trade Show on Tuesday 26th February in Oxford.
Hutchinson Hobbs are situated at Holdenfields Farm, Yarm, TS15 9PB. Call in to the farm shop, or give them a ring on 01642 788748, for all your Christmas fayre. You can also click to their website at www.hutchinsonhobbs.co.uk for further information, and opening times etc.
Photo: Proud staff from Hutchinson Hobbs, looking forward to the Christmas period.