Local produce sold on farm

AN agricultural building has been converted into a farm shop.

Marsh Green Farm Shop, in Matlock Road, Kelstedge, was officially opened by Lord Edward manners of Haddon Hall.

The building sits in the middle of a working farm and has been finished to a high standard.

It offers a delectable range of meats, fruit, vegetables, beers, wines and cheeses, as well as gourmet items.

There is a butchery counter where mast butcher Barry Anderson prepares all meats on site.

There is also a good range of dairy products, such as ice cream, and gluten–free products.

The shop also offers coffees and teas.

Daren Atkinson, the managing director of the business, said: “It’s a diversification of the farm.

“At the end of the day we have aimed to do it to the best standard that we can achieve.”

On site there is also an animal feeds and farm store, which caters for animals ranging from alpacas to chickens.

There is also a cafe which offers people the chance to have lunch or breakfast or just enjoy a cup of tea and a piece of cake.

Daren said: “It is an ancillary to the farm shop, so rather than just coming in and fetching food, you can spend a couple of hours having a meal.”

He said he thought his business was special in that it is actually located on a farm, so visitors can see the animals if they want to.

“We put our own produce through the butchery – it’s a beef farm,” Daren explained.

“But local small holders and artisans of Derbyshire are invited to put their produce in the shop.

“We are about truly bringing the local suppliers to people.”

Further information in Marsh Green Farm Shop is available by visiting www.marshgreenfarmshop.co.uk or calling the business on 01246 590875.