I found this little treat of a place in my search of farm shops and it happens to be in one of my most favorite places, Perthshire. I’ll be honest and say I have never been there but next time I’m in Scotland, I’m hoping to be able to drop by for a visit.
Gloagburn Farm shop and cafe has a delightful selection of local and speciality foods – fresh free range eggs, potatoes, turnips, jams, marmalades and award winning chutneys from their own kitchen. In the conservatory, there are greetings cards, plants and garden accessories.
The licensed café offers a good selection of sandwiches, soups, baked potatoes, daily specials and puddings with homemade custard! The motto on the menu – ‘We do not serve fast food but we do serve fresh food as fast as we can.’
Gloagburn farm is a mixed arable farm of 950 acres, run by Ian Niven, third generation farmer. His grandfather, John Niven, started farming in 1924, growing cereal crops and specialising in the breeding of Angus bulls. Next his father, Joe Niven, took over in 1955 again growing cereal crops, rearing Angus cattle and then moved into rearing the more commercial breed of cattle.
Ian took over from his father in 1985 and has increased the acreage by 500 acres. The farm is traditionally managed with the minimal use of chemicals. Instead 6 metre margins are left around fields to encourage helpful wild life, a white fine mesh is used over the turnips to stop the cabbage root fly laying its eggs at the base of the turnips, and hedgerows are cared for as they serve as a shelter, passageways and food for animals and birds.
They specialise in homemade produce, Scottish products, locally grown vegetables and fruit and organic wines. Many of their products are suitable for diabetics and gluten free people.
Gloagburn’s Homemade Produce – eggs, oatcakes, jams, marmalades, chutneys, cakes, quiches, frozen soup and freezer meals.
Bread and Cakes – Campbell’s bakery, Heatherslaw and Jenkins and Heswitt.
Cheese, olives and slicing cold meats – comprehensive selection from our fresh produce counter.
Damhead – organic range of dried fruits, nuts, rice and pulses.
Soft Drinks – Belvoir, James White, Get Juiced fresh juice, French Lemonade.
Fish – Inverawe smoked salmon (wild, organic and traditional), halibut, trout and eel. Pates. Salar flaky smoked salmon, Loch Fyne herrings, prawns, smoked mussels and salmon, Morecombe Bay potted shrimps
Meat Locally Produced – Hugh Grierson organic lamb and beef (our neighbouring farmer), Ramsay’s bacon and black puddings, Puddledub sausages, bacon and gammon steaks, Hilton wild boar sausages and burgers, Maryfield free-range chickens, Islay sausages, burgers and smoked meats.
Mustards and Savoury Jellies – Wiltshire Tracklements, and Moniack Castle.
Organic Wines – Range of red, white wines, champagne, many being medal winners.
Gift Ware – Pottery by Susie Watson, Bridgewater and Nicholas Mosse, Baskets and hampers. Cards by Alex Clark, Trumpers World, Tom Dickens and Nouvelle Image.
Plants – Unusual selection of perennials grown by Cathy in her own nursery. Also seasonal bedding and indoor plants.
I was going to condense this list but I just couldn’t. It all looks so amazing!
The shop and cafe are open all year round and their information can be found on http://www.gloagburnfarmshop.co.uk/index.htm.