New farm shop is a rural boost

Opening Time: Lord Edward Manners talks to Master Butcher Barry Andersson  and his wife Betty at the opening of the Marsh Green Farm Shop in Kelstedge.
Opening Time: Lord Edward Manners talks to Master Butcher Barry Andersson and his wife Betty at the opening of the Marsh Green Farm Shop in Kelstedge.
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A NEW £500,000 farm shop complex has been launched in the Peak District to support the rural community, ramblers and tourists.

The Marsh Green Farm Shop, on Matlock Road, Kelstedge, was opened this month by Lord Edward Manners, of Haddon Hall, during a formal ceremony and has been enjoying a promising customer footfall ever since.

Farm shop managing director Darren Atkinson said: “We aim to provide quality, local, handmade artisan products that you would not get in bigger supermarkets including breads, cakes and cheese from smaller businesses in and around Derbyshire.

“It will be good for the rural region and for farming and our shop will provide fresh vegetables, cooked and smoked meats.”

The farm project received financial support from a local authority Leader’s Fund scheme which is supported by the Government’s Department for Environment, Food and Rural affairs.

It involved converting a derelict farm into a thriving 3,000sq ft business.

The enterprise also runs an agricultural store with goods and feed for smallholders in the area with livestock.

Its ideal countryside location, near Ashover, also offers a Rambler’s Rest cafe which provide a great stop off for hikers and tourists.

Mr Atkinson added: “We’re on a footpath network and the farm shop and cafe provide ramblers with a target to walk to and from.”

Marsh Green Farm Shop boasts up to eight staff members with a master baker, a qualified chef, an experienced delicatessen and sales team who are all key to driving the business forward.