First look at new Long Eaton farm shop and coffee pit-stop

First look at new Long Eaton farm shop and coffee pit-stop

A plot of land at one of Long Eaton’s busiest locations has been transformed with a “wholesome” farm shop selling fresh fruit and vegetables, home-baked cakes and zero-waste products.

The site previously had vans parking there and a giant billboard until construction started in 2020.

All eyes were on the newly-built rental unit with goldfish bowl windows with locals wondering what it would become.

“A lot of people thought it was going to be a car showroom and I believe there was interest from supermarkets and big pizza takeaway places,” said Ant Barzycki, who recently opened the Farm Shop with his partner Robyn Williams.

“If it’s yours, it’s more of a passion. And it’s fun. I don’t think I have learnt as much in my entire life as I have in the last few months.”

Bringing something different the edge of town, the shop is located next to a busy roundabout, overlooking the railway station, where Wilsthorpe Road, Tamworth Road and Fields Farm Road meet.



(L-R) The Farm Shop owners Ant Barzycki and Robyn Williams
(L-R) The Farm Shop owners Ant Barzycki and Robyn Williams

The duo have started off slowly, in a deliberate attempt to discover what shoppers want.

Ant, 37, said: “We opened up quite basic. We wanted people to come in and say ‘what about this?’ and if you end up having 100 people saying ‘why don’t you have this?’ you know there’s a demand.”

Robyn, 30, added: “As much as we can sit there and think of all the ideas and what we want, we’re not everyone, so we just wanted to open up and ask ‘what else do you want?’ We’ll get it for you.”

The shop has opened with fresh fruit and vegetables – some grown locally, or within the UK but unavoidably easy peel oranges and bananas have been imported from abroad.

Wooden units, built by the couple themselves with tips from their landlord, are filled with nectarines, plums and apples, and veg-wise carrots, broccoli, potatoes, turnips, courgettes and onions.

Ant said: “The plums are incredible and juicy. Look at the tundra cabbages – they’ve still got mud on. I love that, straight out of the ground, washed and it’s on your plate.



Fresh fruit and veg
Fresh fruit and veg

“The quality is unbelievable. The amount of people who have come back in and said you can taste the difference.”

There’s chillies, ginger and garlic, and like the rest of the produce, they’re sold loose with no plastic packaging in sight.

Also on sale are eggs, jars of chutney and relish from Mr Pitchfork’s Pickles just down the road in Lenton, Tracklements’ condiments, coffee and teabags.

To buy zero-waste rice, pasta, oats, and lentils, either purchase one of the glass jars, fill a brown paper bag, or take your own container.



Planters and garden furniture
Planters and garden furniture

Shoppers wanting to reduce plastic waste can refill containers with washing up liquid and laundry liquid, and pick up eco-friendly bamboo toothbrushes and coconut scourers.

“I know we can’t change the world by having a shop but if we can help a few people cut down…” said Robyn.

The shop is likely to appeal to green-fingered visitors who will find wooden garden furniture, birdhouses and planters.

Storm Eunice delayed the arrival of the shop’s deli counter but once it’s up and running, it will be filled with cheese, meats, and antipasti.

Taking full advantage of the shop’s floor to ceiling panoramic windows, there’s a row of tables and chairs to take a break for coffee and cake and watch the world go by – even if it is a truck getting stuck under the low railway bridge.



The Farm Shop in Long Eaton
The Farm Shop in Long Eaton

“I was won over by the property. I love the building and the location. There’s nothing round here like this,” said Robyn.

Rocky road, red velvet sponge cake and super-sized muffins were on the counter the day we visited, made by baker 30 minutes down the road. Eventually they hope to add sandwiches for eating-in or takeaway.

The couple, who also run a marketing agency, came up with the farm shop idea during lockdown, when they took on a variety of jobs in Asda, at a call centre and a warehouse to keep themselves busy.

The kindness and help they’ve had setting up as taken them by surprise.

“We have a great working relationship with a potato farmer at Worksop. He is one of the most helpful men. Any suppliers we speak to want to give us help and advice – it’s just so lovely. It gives you a little bit of faith in community,” said Robyn.

Just two weeks in, it’s early days and they hope to grow the business adding more foodie delights such as vegan cheesecakes and artisan bread.

Ant said: “We’re really conscious of stepping on the toes of existing businesses. The Bakery (just down the road in Sawley) is so good and the people in there are so nice. We want to complement, not complete so we’re looking at sourdough and bagels, which they don’t sell.”

Customer Fiona Aanonson said: “It’s really nice. There is nothing else like this here. We’re going to buy some coffee. It’s nice that everything is loose.

“We used to have veg boxes delivered before. This looks like an alternative.”

Denice Tennant, who had popped in with her mother Frances Sabin, was enjoying a muffin and drink.

“The muffins were beautiful and the guy behind the counter is very pleasant.

“It’s nice and light in here. It is in an odd place, I did wonder what it was going to be. There’s not anything up this end of town.

“I would definitely come here for lunch or breakfast if they did it.”

The Farm Shop is open Tuesday to Sunday and they’re still determining the opening times. Customers might not realise it but there’s a car park around the back, with an entrance next to Douglas Gill in Tamworth Road.


Source link Coffee Products

Coffee Shop Millionaire

Author Bio

About "First look at new Long Eaton farm shop and coffee pit-stop"

Reviewed By This Is Article About First look at new Long Eaton farm shop and coffee pit-stop was posted on have 5 stars rating.

Comment Area