Drewton’s Farm Shop in the running for national award

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Drewton’s Farm Shop has been shortlisted for a national award by FARMA, a co-operative of around 400 businesses from across the UK with a passion for promoting food grown and sold by the same hands.

The popular farm shop near South Cave is shortlisted in the Restaurant/Café of the Year category.

To get to this stage, owner Katie Taylor and her team beat off fierce competition from hundreds of entrants from across the country.

They had to submit a video about the business as part of their application, which was assessed by a panel of leading retailers.

Applicants who demonstrated real drive, passion and skill in running their business and championing produce direct from the farm were then shortlisted.

Katie is committed to reducing food miles and buys from a network of more than 250 Yorkshire food producers, growers and suppliers.

She has provided employment for more than 40 local people, and works closely with over 40 other Yorkshire businesses, which supply her with everything from marketing and design to accountancy services.

Drewton’s has its own butcher, baker, wine cellar, delicatessen, grocer, restaurant and tearoom.

Michael Mack, managing agent for FARMA, said: “Drewton’s Farm Shop submitted a great application this year and it’s a real credit to them that they have been shortlisted.

“This year the judges will be looking for businesses with passionate leaders, fantastic staff and a real understanding about the importance of the connection between the business and the farm.”

Katie and her team are now anticipating visits from the judges and secret shoppers before the winners are announced in February.

If Drewton’s Farm Shop wins its category, it will also be in which a chance of scooping the National Farm Retail Champion title for 2016.

Launched 10 years ago, the FARMA awards celebrate the best farm shops, farmers’ markets and PYO (Pick Your Own) sites.

Each year, the judges search out businesses that demonstrate real business acumen and champion quality produce that they have produced themselves.