Farm shop celebrates
A family-run farm shop in Stowe is celebrating 10 successful years after diversifying from dairy farming.
Boycott Farm, which has been in the Hilsdon family since 1920, is run by Richard and Rosemary Hilsdon and their children Liz and Philip, who together operate the farm shop alongside the working farm.
Since opening in 2008, Boycott Farm Shop has grown into a popular and well known venue for their home made produce which ranges from cakes and puddings, to sausage rolls, scotch eggs, quiches, and hearty ready meals. The variety of wholesome food is inspired by Rosemary’s enthusiasm for cooking with fresh, local ingredients. With 6,000 free range chickens on the farm, fresh eggs are a key ingredient of the dishes created in the farm kitchen.
There are three core aspects to the business; the Hayloft restaurant serving food produced in the farm kitchen, the butchery run by Philip Hilsdon offering home reared Angus Beef and locally sourced meats, and the farm shop. The farm shop began as a honesty box system to sell cakes made by Rosemary, but now offers a wide range of goods from other local farms and businesses. The heart of Boycott Farm is centred on high quality produce which is grown in an efficient and sustainable manner.
Today, Boycott Farm employees 25 local people, and offers a wide range of services including hog roasts, catering for external events, picnics for Stowe School speech days, evening dining options and supplying Buckingham Hockey Club with their after match teas.
The farm shop and Hayloft restaurant, which are open seven days a week, have won several accolades, including a design award from Aylesbury Vale District Council for the conversion of the hayloft and barn, as well as Butcher of the Year by Buckinghamshire and Berkshire Life and numerous other awards for high quality butchery produce.
Richard Hilsdon said: ‘Since opening the farm shop 10 years ago we have grown and developed the business to where we are today. We were originally dairy farmers, but this became unprofitable and we diversified into beef farming and a flock of free range hens for eggs. Opening the farm shop combined my love of farming and Rosemary’s love of good homemade food. Following a huge renovation project upon a derelict 17th century barn, we had the perfect setting to start up the farm shop, diversify the business and hopefully secure the future for the next generation of the Hilsdon family to take over the farm.’
The Rev Ron Bundock, who officially opened Boycott Farm Shop, said: ‘Since its opening 10 years ago it has been a great pleasure to see Boycott Farm Shop develop and improve. Due to the hard work of the Hilsdon family the range of goods offered; excellent food and drink, the addition of the butchery and the range and quality of items in the shop, have got better and better. The number of people shopping and eating there bears witness to this. The benefit to the local scene is a credit to them all.’
To celebrate their 10-year anniversary, Boycott Farm Shop is inviting customers to join them for a glass of fizz and slice of cake on Sunday November 4th from 11am-2pm. A 10% discount will also be applied to all purchases made in the shop on the day.
Boycott Farm Shop
Tel: 01280 821286