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Gallery: Nene Park farm shop opens after technical difficulties delay

The new farm shop, situated at Lakeside in Ferry Meadows, opened at 10am on Monday, May 10. 

The shop stocks locally grown and sourced produce from the park’s own farm partners, as well as suppliers from across the region. Among other produce, there will be freshly baked bread from Kingscliffe Bakery, handcrafted meat pies from Robinsons of Glatton, seasonal fruits from Lutton Farm and milk from Peterborough Dairies. 

There will also be speciality foods from across Peterborough communities such as curry sauces from Yau’s Foods, a variety of handmade European flatbreads, Filipino sweet treats made in Peterborough, and Italian hampers from Fontanella’s of Whittlesey. 

In line with Nene Park’s eco-ambitions, there will be a refill station where visitors will be able to fill up with key dry ingredients, such as porridge oats, muesli, pasta and rice. 

A picnic and BBQ range could also prove to be very popular on summer days, catering for families and visitors who would like to extend their days out.

Most of the produce sold in the farm shop will be sourced from within a 20 mile radius of Nene Park, and will aim to celebrate the communities and culture of Nene Park Trust, as well as showcasing more sustainable food production. 

There are future plans for the shop to stock meat produced on Nene Park Trust land through its share farming project. 

The opening hours will be 10am-5pm every day and all the proceeds made will be reinvested back into Nene Park, helping to maintain and nurture its much loved greenspaces. 

Visitor operations manager Simon Gardner, who has overseen the Farm Shop’s creation, said: "The Farm Shop will be a great addition to Nene Park and the response from the public so far has been fantastic. 

"During the pandemic more people have wanted to shop locally and better understand where their food comes from. The farm shop provides a great opportunity to do this and work with our local food producers."