Winners will be announced in eight categories at the event next March

The finalists have been unveiled in the search for the nation’s best farm retailers. 

Innovative and inspiring businesses from around the country have been shortlisted by the Farm Retail Association across eight categories, with the awards set to take place on Tuesday 5 March at Holiday Inn Peterborough West as part of the FRA’s annual Stronger Together event.

Farm Retail Association chair Emma Mosey said: “Farm shops and farmers’ markets continue to be the nation’s retail beacons for sourcing fresh and nutritious produce with low food miles, from passionate and knowledgeable often family-run, independent businesses.

“It is right that we celebrate the crucial role that these invaluable food and drink retailers play at the heart of the communities they serve. Running throughout our finalists are inspiring stories of innovation, consistent quality produce and customer service excellence: terrific achievements and qualities that have been demonstrated during a challenging period for retailers amid the ongoing cost-of-living crisis.”

The finalists are:

Large Farm Shop of the Year

Millets Farm Shop

Forage Farm Shop & Kitchen

Farmer Copleys

Small Farm Shop of the Year

Bells Farm Shop

Alder Carr Farm Shop

Cedarbarn Farm Shop and Café

Farm Café/ Restaurant of the Year

Millets Restaurants

Runcton Farm Café

Cedarbarn Farm Shop and Café

Farm Shop Butchery of the Year

Welbeck Farm Shop

Millets Farm Shop

Cedarbarn Farm Shop and Café

Rising Star of the Year

Copleys Kitchen at Farmer Copleys

Runcton Farm Café

Forage Kitchen at Forage Farm Shop & Kitchen

Farmers Market of the Year

Abbey Leys Community Farmers Market

Barnard Castle Farmers Market

Marylebone Farmers Market

Associate Member of the Year

Arrange Spaces

Just Desserts Yorkshire

Fresh Retail

Pick Your Own Farm (PYO) of the Year

Bells Farm Shop

Farmer Copleys

Horsforth Pick Your Own