2012 has been a significant year for Southbourne Farm Shop, as it marks 30 years since we first opened our doors. During that time the shop has grown from a small room selling a conservative selection of locally grown vegetables, to a large shop with over 50 different suppliers, including local fruit, veg, bread, cakes, milk and meat.
We marked the special occasion with a party at Stansted Tea Rooms, where staff both past and present gathered to celebrate the terrific success of the shop turning 30; an outcome for which we are wholly indebted to our loyal customers.
The summer of 2012 saw the arrival of our two longhorn cows, Lola and Gracie. It was only a matter of days before they settled in comfortably with our highland cows and our horses. They seem to be loving every minute of their time grazing in our fields. (We are occasionally asked in worried tones if the cows are being reared to be eaten: I would like to clarify that they are purely pets!)
Through the course of the year we have gained some diverse new additions to our stock, including our colourful hand-painted Spanish ceramics, delicious bacon and cheese from the Goodwood Estate, and most recently award-winning pate and dips from Findlater’s Fine Foods.
This Christmas has been hugely enjoyable for us all at the farm, and it’s been a pleasure providing fresh poultry and groceries for our customers Christmas dinners. We have exciting plans for the farm shop in 2013, and we’d like to wish all our customers a very happy new year!