Essex is a county that has a proud and extensive history within agriculture. Today there are more walks, trails and rural sights to be explored than can be filled within even the most packed out of fortnight holidays, and as key to experiencing the best of rural Essex are a plethora of farm shops that sell the finest of the county's produce. Here we present an example amongst what are an impressive collection of farm shops.
Greenstead Farm Shop - Halstead
The Greenstead Farm Shop is located within the idyllic town of Halstead. Having been operated for five years as a barn house, cafe and tea room this refreshing venue merges the very best of modern food production with the most charming of old school traditions.
Beyond the farm shop, cafe and barn house there is also a gift shop, outdoor seating area and a well put together children's menu for those bringing the little ones. Of course for the accompanying adults there is much produce to be appreciated, including the now infamous 'Michelin' style fine dining evenings (check with the Farm for the next date for this dining experience).
McLauchlans of Boxted - Boxted
McLauchlans of Boxted provides for seasonal fruit picking, however its farm shop is open year round each day from 9am to 6pm. Here you will find fresh, delicious produce all at reasonable prices and all ideally situated just one mile from Colchester centre.
During summer you can additionally look forward to fields and fields of Strawberries, Raspberries, Gooseberries and Broad Beans, as well as Sweetcorn that is available during the later summer (usually from August onwards). All of which can make for a full day of fun that is seriously family friendly and finished off with a nice trip to the McLauchlan's Farm Shop.
The Burstead Farm Shop - Little Burstead
The Burstead Farm Shop in Little Burstead is a venue that demonstrates the very best of Essex produce. Open every single day of the week this shop can be complemented with a trip into the charming village of Billericay, where there are a small but solid selection of inns and pubs (as well as a rather impressive Burstead Golf Club).
At the Burstead Farm Shop you'll find row upon row of fruit and veg which are complemented by locally sourced British Meat and Poultry. It's also worth noting that this is a venue that features home reared beef, and that will look to add further meat products in the near future.
Carpenters Farm Shop - Aingers Green
The Carpenters Farm Shop features upon a modern, working farm and features a cafe as well as a shop that is packed out with fine produce. This is also a venue that sells speciality foods, providing rare breeds, gluten-free foods, giftwares, free-range meat and vegetarian products.
There is extensive parking (which is lucky, as this makes for a busy little venue), a particularly popular loyalty scheme, frequent taster days and ongoing promotions.
Essex Tourist Guide is your online home for extensive guides and insight into the best culinary Essex experiences. For more essential farm shops to be explored be sure to search our Essex directory to plan ahead for a rural visit to be remembered.
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