The winners of the 2020 Farm Retail Awards have been revealed at a ceremony in Nottingham.
Winners across seven categories were selected in the awards, which are organised by the Farm Retail Association (FRA). The awards are judged by fellow farm retailers and celebrate the best farm shops, farm cafés and restaurants, farmers’ markets and trade suppliers in the country.
Devon business Strawberry Fields in Lifton scooped two awards after impressing the judges with its 'stunning shopping space, impressive café, sustainability efforts and leadership from owners Laura and Adam Mounce.'
The full list of winners is:
CAFE/RESTAURANT OF THE YEAR: Strawberry Fields, Lifton, Devon
LARGE FARM SHOP: Strawberry Fields, Lifton, Devon
RISING STAR: The Farm, Stratford- upon-Avon, Warwickshire
SMALL FARM SHOP: Canalside Farm Shop, Great Haywood, Staffordshire
SUPPLIER OF THE YEAR: Open Retail Solutions, Nottingham
FARMERS’ MARKET: Shipbourne Farmers’ Market, Kent
LIFETIME ACHIEVEMENT: John Sinclair, Craigies Farm Shop, Edinburgh. Judges said: “This recognises John’s service and loyalty to FRA and the farm community. His work locally with the education sector has ensured thousands of children have visited Craigie's farm, inspiring the next generation to follow in his enormous shoes.”
Chairman Rob Copley commented: “What a terrific evening celebrating the very best farm retailers in the industry and bringing together the cream of the crop under one roof. The competition was tough, the calibre was high and to win an award is a real accolade and testament to the incredible quality of the business.”