Brandon Trust opens new farm shop
Published on: 29 Dec 2015
LEARNING disability charity Brandon Trust has opened a new farm shop at its Elm Tree Farm
project in Stapleton.
A grand opening took place with farm supporter Kerry McCarthy, MP for Bristol East and Shadow Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, cutting the ribbon during a public open day.
The new shop sells a range of fresh, seasonal produce, along with other products from the on-site wood workshop and plant nursery social enterprises.
Elm Tree Farm project coordinator Keily Elvin said: “It’s been a long time in the making and everyone on site is really excited. We’ll be selling seasonal stuff that we’ve grown organically, and items we have preserved, such as jams and chutneys, as well as supporting other Brandon Trust projects such as Fired Up by selling their products. We’ll also sell kindling and eggs and pricing is very competitive.
“Please spread the word and feel free to pop along to get your five-a-day; it’s local, it’s fresh, it hasn’t been flown in from the outer regions of the world, and it’s all produced with love and care.”
Another key focus of the new farm shop will be to give further opportunities and new work skills to the many people in the area with learning disabilities that benefit from accessing the project.
Keily explained: “The people we support have so much input in to growing and producing at the farm, so the shop is a ‘showcase’ of their achievements. How many other farm shops do you go to where you meet the farmers and producers? Here you can.
“It’s all grown organically; the animals are all free-range and well kept. All the money made will be reinvested to improve the services we offer at the farm.”
Elm Tree Farm Shop is open throughout the year, Monday to Friday, from 9.30am-2.30pm, with ample free car parking on-site. The address is Park Road, Stapleton, Bristol BS16 1AA.
Contact 0117 958 6206.