Great Independent Farm Shops in Wakefield

Tatiana Hepplewhite, Digital Editor

Whether you are a vegetarian or a meat-eater, the Wakefield district has much to offer to the ethical consumer, with thriving farm shops delivering fresh local produce, both in store and online. Wherever in the district you are, there is a great farm shop near you. Many shops are now providing home delivery and click-and-collect.

Whether you are a vegetarian or a meat-eater, the Wakefield district has much to offer to the ethical consumer, with thriving farm shops delivering fresh local produce, both in store and online. Wherever in the district you are, there is a great farm shop near you. Many shops are now providing home delivery and click-and-collect.

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Farmer Copleys, Pontefract

The 2019 trophy for the Best Farm Shop of the year from the Guild of Fine Food speaks for itself. Farmer Copleys boasts lovely attentive and welcoming staff, great choice and reasonable prices in one place, with an excellent vegetable stall and fantastic butchery. There’s a huge choice of local Yorkshire brands, from Shepherds Purse cheeses (Thirsk) to Spirit of Yorkshire whiskies (Filey). One of the farm shops where you can do a full week’s shopping in one place, and where everything is fresh, fabulous in quality and locally produced. Fantastic pies and state of the art ready meals, plus craft beer and gin to add to your special mealtimes.

It is worth mentioning the active role Farmer Copleys plays in the community, with their award-winning Moo Café and an array of fantastic local events. Families come from afar to visit their Pumpkin Festival (the largest in the UK!). And if this is not enough, Farmer Copleys even has an in-store beehive! Considering the shop opened just 15 years ago as a tiny place by Rob & Heather Copley (and a local butcher), so much has been achieved.

Shopping Online:  https://farmercopleys.co.uk/online-shop/

Click-and-collect, drive-through

Home delivery: Within 7 miles

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Blacker Hall Farm, Wakefield

One of the first farm shops in the district, Blacker Hall Farm was opened at the start of the new millennium by the Garthwaite family of local farmers. It now boasts several awards, from Farm Retail Association, Farm Business Food and Farming Awards, and from readers of Yorkshire Life Magazine. The family prides themselves that more than 75% of everything sold in the Blacker Hall Farm shop is produced and prepared on site, especially their famous award-winning beef products. Of particular note is the extensive choice of local vegetables, grown by John Darwin on his farm near Sheffield, including stellar quality potatoes, carrots, and brassica vegetables. John harvests his vegetables every day, so everything you get is cut fresh that morning and goes straight onto the shelves.

A key attraction of Blacker Hall Farm is the Barn Café, well known among the residents of Wakefield (and afar). The Barn Café serves yummy meals from breakfast to early dinner, with an inventive menu that changes frequently. A home for the true foodie. There is also an exquisite florist, and a unique gift shop.

Shopping Online: https://www.blackerhallfarmshop.co.uk/pages/shop

Click-and-collect, drive-through

Home delivery: Locally, a list of eligible postcodes provided.

Methley Bridge Farm Shop

If you are looking for a good honest down-to-earth farm shop with no frills, Methey Bridge Farm shop is the one! Excellent produce – meat, seasonal vegetables, bread, dairy, fruit, preserves. The best broccoli we have ever tested! The shop is not huge, but it has everything you need: there is a small café with yummy homemade cakes and Brymoor ice cream, and a cosy picnic area for the summer. This is a great place to visit after birdwatching in Fairburn Ings, which is situated nearby.

For a relatively small shop, it is exceptionally well appointed, providing an extensive online shop and local delivery.

Shopping Online:  http://www.methleybridge.com/

Home delivery: Locally, a list of eligible postcodes provided.

"Rhubarb’s harvesting season is the “bleak midwinter” months of January to March, when few new local ingredients are available."

Rhubarb Triangle Farm Shop

It doesn’t get more Yorkshire than rhubarb, and owner John Edward Dobson was one of the first in Yorkshire to develop the Yorkshire forced rhubarb technology. Forced rhubarb starts growing outside until the first frost toughens the roots. It is then moved to heated sheds, after which the tender stems are harvested by candlelight! This creates particularly juicy and sweet rhubarb. And forced rhubarb’s harvesting season is the “bleak midwinter” months of January to March, when few new local ingredients are available.

In addition to being rhubarb pioneers, Wakefield Rhubarb Triangle Farm Shop sells a wide variety of local farm produce and boasts a tasty delicatessen counter, a courtyard with outdoor seating area and a wider picnic area overlooking farm fields.

Shopping in store only.

Moortop Farm Shop

Moortop Farm Shop

A somewhat different idea among the farm shops in the Wakefield district, Moortop Farm Shop is a combination of an independent local miscellaneous food store and a farm shop selling local vegetables. A sort of independent supermarket where you can buy everything, absolutely everything, for bargain prices. Also sells local vegetables and other produce.

You can buy big bags of potatoes here, and the prices are an absolutely bargain. An excellent shop for someone on a budget.

Shopping Onlinehttps://www.moortopfarmshop.com/

Click-and-collect

Brickyard Organic Farm

Brickyard Organic Farm

A little gem in the Hemsworth area. This organic farm is famous in the region, as the owner John Books is passionate about organic vegetables. Just think of it: 4 different types of carrots, and all organic. As many independent producers previously supplying to markets, the farm has felt the effect of the COVID-19 pandemic. Currently the owner runs a vegetable shed, with an honesty box. “We must trust each other”, said John.

Vegetable shed only.

Wherever you are in the Wakefield district, you will be able to find a great independent farm shop close to you, where you will be able to purchase local produce that is good for your health, as well as for the health of the local economy!