Wednesday, 14 October 2015

Northchurch farm shop

So excited I was with this latest little find that I couldn't wait to share it with you.  Northchurch farm shop is part of Sunnyside Rural Trust who work in Hertfordshire with adults with learning disabilities, training them in different aspects of horticulture. They have two sites, one in Hemel Hempstead, and the other in Northchurch just near Berkhamstead.

I couldn't have picked a nicer day to visit the Northchurch site, the sun was shining and I had a good feeling about it right from when I drove past the allotments and saw the entrance.




The vegetables come in all sorts of shapes, sizes and colours. 


I went at the end of the day and the selection wasn't huge, as it depends on how much has been bought that day and how much they harvested that morning. Despite that I still managed to pick myself plenty of goodies.

A little tip from the man there-the best day to go is Wednesday (or after that) as that's when they harvest. You can also visit their stall on Berkhamstead market on a Thursday morning.


 
Bottles of apple juice, made from the apples from the apple trees growing on site


Eggs, as local as they come, from their own chickens just metres away. 

 
A small selection of reasonably priced wooden goods, including this lovely butterfly box for only £10

As you leave the shop you can have a little wander round their very rustic herb garden



Garlic chives flowering again



 
Lots of pumpkins, was so tempted to get one but hardly ever cook with pumpkins though I think I may do soon, as they're relatively low in carbs. Note to self; think of something pumpkin-y to cook. I do keep toying with the idea of making this yummy looking pumpkin and goats cheese zoodle dish I saw on the Londoner the other week.
 


 Courgettes, obviously got a few of these as you can never have too many in this zoodle loving house



Once you've finished you drive back through the allotments and go on your way, though next time I think I may park at the top of the road and walk through them, as they're so lovely and full of such lovely colours, like these dahlias...


Sunflowers





 
Lots and lots of apple trees ready to turn into the apple juice they sell in the shop.

It's definitely well worth a visit if you're nearby, just past the canal, you'll see the sign for the allotments, drive all the way through the allotments and park at the bottom next to the poly tunnels and fill your boots with lots of fresh, organic produce.
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4 comments

  1. Looks lovely here, I work quite nearby and have never seen it. Going to swing by now I think!

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  2. Looks lovely here, I work quite nearby and have never seen it. Going to swing by now I think!

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  3. Wow, this place looks amazing! Such an amazing enterprise and a fantastic concept. I'd love to visit this weekend, but unfortunately I'm unable to, as I don't live nearby. I'd definitely consider visiting in the future though! Thanks for sharing.

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  4. Wow, this place looks amazing! Such an amazing enterprise and a fantastic concept. I'd love to visit this weekend, but unfortunately I'm unable to, as I don't live nearby. I'd definitely consider visiting in the future though! Thanks for sharing.

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