Pound Farm Shop and Plant Centre tickles taste buds
FROM homegrown potatoes to porkers, this farm shop tickles the tastebuds.
Pound Farm Shop and Plant Centre is hoping its fresh produce will propel it into premier position in the Taste of Gloucestershire Food and Farming Awards.
The family-run business has deep roots in the Whaddon community, with relatives of the current owners first selling potatoes, meat and poultry from the site in the 1930s.
Jenny Hyett, who owns the business, in the village between Stroud and Gloucester with her husband Gerald, thinks the fact they rear the animals is crucial to the quality.
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She said: "I feel that we know how they have been reared and they are just taken down to the slaughterhouse in the village.
"They haven't had to travel a long way and they are not stressed. The quality of the meat should taste better.
"I think it's more and more important for people to know exactly where their food is coming from and that's what we offer."
As well as producing potatoes, tomatoes, pumpkins, pork, lamb and beef, the shop also comes up with the goods at Christmas time.
"We do a lot of poultry at Christmas, with chickens, turkeys and some geese. They are reared here by me and I try to give them the best life they can have," added Mrs Hyett.
The Stroud Road business is a family-run affair, with son Richard, 27, recently made a partner and daughter Katie, 22, also working in the shop.
Mrs Hyett said everyone would be delighted to triumph in the Best Farm Shop category.
The awards recognise the best of our food and drink producers and suppliers.
Go to www.thisisgloucestershire.co.uk/taste before tomorrow to nominate.