I mentioned in my Blogging Goals for this year that I want to visit a local farm (there are a couple of mills on my list too) each month and blog about it. I will do this as a way to promote small local businesses and enjoying fresh produce if possible.
Yesterday hubby and I went to Yew Tree Farm. The farm shop was established in 1981 and it’s a family run business in Halewood Village. In 2001 the family expended by converting a 17th century hay barn for the shop. At the farm there is also a Coffee Barn. It looked busy, but we wanted to go somewhere else too. I would like to have a meal next time we are there. There are a few chickens, a goat, a few sheep, but it’s January, not the best time for playing with the animals. We saw a funny dog, very friendly, but unwilling to sit still for a photo. It was a lovely relaxing way to shop and it could have been even better if we had time for at least a coffee in the barn.
The farm shop looks lovely, the decorations are nice and the staff was friendly. Besides the veggies, there were lots of other goodies, like chutneys and jams. There is a freezer with breaded mushrooms and onion rings that are sold by the kilo. In the fridge there were lots of types of cheese and fresh herbs like sage and thyme.
I’m not sure which veggies are fresh from local farms and which ones are imported. It’s January, so I assume most of them are imported, although I have no idea what is available at greenhouses this time of year.
It was lovely to have a look around, browse through the shop, buy some veggies and see some animals. The Yew Tree Farm is near Speke Hall, a National Trust property I’ve been to a few times. I will definitely stop by the farm next time I’m going to Speke.
If you want to visit the farm, the address is: Yew Tree Farm, Lower Road, Halewood, Liverpool L26 3UA.