The fine foodie
PUBLISHED: 13:19 25 November 2014 | UPDATED: 13:19 25 November 2014
Sharon Struckman describes her ultimate gastronomic day out in the county – at a special farm shop
As a foodie, Pearce’s Farm Shop and Café just north of Puckeridge is my favourite place to shop in Hertfordshire. It is packed full of tempting food and drink, with an abundance of fresh fruit and vegetables, a fantastic deli with local and continental cheeses, dairy produce, charcuterie, olives, free range eggs, daily baked bread and cakes, fresh and smoked meats, fresh fish, delicious local honey, jams, chutneys, pasta, oils and much more.
The Pearce family have farmed in the Puckeridge area for over 45 years. Today the farm is managed by David Pearce who has a mix of arable, horticulture and traditional cattle breeds that can often be seen roaming in the fields by the shop and café.
In 1982 the farm started to sell its own fruit and veg from a shed in one of the fields and the family has steadily built up the business to now provide a wide range of quality fresh produce from the farm as well as other local suppliers.
With strawberries grown here since 1978, and now accompanied by raspberries, the site has an excellent ‘pick your own’ service that makes a fun family activity. Asparagus is another of the farm’s specialities – sought after by customers for its excellent flavour. And there is also a large range of pumpkins and squash grown here.
Seeking ways to diversify again and in response to customers demand, the family recently opened a wonderful café which has a reputation for high quality, freshly prepared food at sensible prices.
David has great team of loyal and friendly staff who are as passionate about food as he is. So if you are looking for something to do this weekend, visit the café for lunch or tea and then lose yourself in this amazing farm shop (pearcesfarmshop.com).