Supporting independents: Harvest Barn enjoys successful weekend


Harvest Barn reopened on Saturday. Photo: Harvest Barn

Harvest Barn Farm Shop and Cafe in Farcet reopened its coffee shop this weekend - and customers were delighted. 

The site grows a wide variety of seasonal fruit and vegetables on site, so that it can be harvested and delivered straight to the shop for you to enjoy, fresh from the field - including own-pressed apple juice made from heritage varieties.

The measures in place following Saturday's opening will include visors and sanitisers for all staff, an ordering app, and soon screens in the coffee shop for safe dining.

Stephen and Lynn Briggs opened Harvest Barn Farm Shop in January 2018. They had been farming at Whitehall Farm since 2007 and are first generation farmers with a passion for quality local food & wildlife.

The 250 acre farm grows cereals, vegetables and fruit crops. The farm is a certified organic farm. The oats they grow are certified gluten free.

They hold a Higher Level Stewardship Scheme (HLS) agreement with Natural England. The farm has over 25 acres of wild flowers, pollen & nectar rich species, rough grasses and wild bird food, along with ‘scruffy’ ditch & field edges which are a Haven for wildlife.

While food orders had remained available throughout the pandemic, the coffee shop had obviously closed - so when the doors reopened on Saturday visitors were only to willing to return and enjoy sitting both inside and in the marquee.

Lynn said: "We had a really good weekend with lovely feedback - the customers seemed very happy with the measures we have put in place.

"One advantage we have is the amount of space that we have, which allows us to be Covid19 compliant. Customers really liked that.

"The play area is open again so we saw a lot of children here, and a lot fof aces that we hadn't seen in a while - it was nice to see them again.

"We had a lot of happy customers who were very eager to come and get their Sunday roast."

Customers could enjoy a expertly crafted barista coffee, along with a homemade cake or delicious fresh meal made on site in the relaxing coffee shop, with a wide range of delicious cakes as well as both vegan and gluten free options across the entire menu.

For more information call 01733 219888 or email