I mentioned this farm shop over on my personal blog, just before I got the new site launched. I don’t intend to repeat posts from there in the future, but am doing so here for completeness, as this was my first Food Adventure win.
I spent an evening earlier last week, googling for likely alternate food retailers. It was a surprisingly long list, and I intended to check a few of them out over the weekend.
As it happens, things didn’t go to plan, and I only visited one. But what a find!
Vine House Farm is just over 5 miles from here, on my route to Spalding. I’ve driven past it countless times, but like a lot of farm shops, it is hard to judge what is there from the road. But this time I pulled in and found it had a quite sizable car park. A fairly decent sized store, too – one half dedicated to bird feeds and feeders (they have an extensive web store dedicated to this), but the other half full of groceries and other goodies.
It surpassed my expectations. I found flour from an independent mill (now I know where to go when my current supply runs out); locally baked cakes; locally sourced burgers, bangers, pork pies and ham; and a range of potted meats that seemed interesting – trout and rabbit amongst them.
Eggs and milk and cheese, of course – only cows milk, but I noticed one of the cheese was made from ewes milk, so i grabbed a wedge to try.
Lots of fresh veg, and also a couple of freezers full of things like locally made ice-cream and hand made individual pies of all sorts – beef, rabbit, pheasant, game, plus various fruit slices etc.
I bought a rabbit pie for my dinner that night, and a game pie for the freezer. I had the rabbit pie with steamed veg and potatoes, and it was delicious and full of flavour.
So a big pin in the map for Vine House Farm Farmshop, and a space reserved in my freezer for rabbit pies!