There is a definite autumnal crisp in the air, one that brings back nostalgic memories of harvest time and Hallowe’en.
Farmers have been working even harder than usual this year to make sure we all have food on our tables despite everything.
Luckily, in Gloucestershire we have plenty of farm shops where we can show our gratitude this autumn by supporting local farmers.
You never have to travel too far to reach a farm shop around here – here is a list of 13 in our county.
This month, Over Farm will put you right in the Hallowe’en spirit as they open up their pumpkin fields for Pick Your Own.
Obviously, pumpkin hunting will be a little different this year – and Over Farm are taking bookings online to ensure that their limit of 8 people per party and 60 people per slot is not overwhelmed.
You can head down to the farm to PYO pumpkin every weekend throughout September leading onto October, as of September 12th, by booking here.
In the shop, the farm has began to stock their homegrown courgette, sweetcorn and squash – perfect for any autumnal dish.
Frocester Fayre Farm Shop
This farm shop in Frocester in the Stroud District is the perfect place for sausage lovers, as there are so many varieties, from Pork and Apricot to Lamb and Rosemary to Beef and Guinness.
The family-run business also sell delicately made pies and ready meals – including some vegetarian options.
All pork and beef is reared on the family farm, and other meat comes from elsewhere in the village – meaning food miles are low – which is great from an environmental standpoint.
Frocester Fayre have also recently started stocking seasonal fruit and veg in their store.
Portway Farm Shop
Portway Farm Shop is a hotspot for local meat lovers, as they produce their very own award-winning sausages and burgers in their butchery.
There are also tasty home cooked pies, succulent joints and other local meats for you to enjoy at the Upton St Leonards shop.
For the non-meat eaters among us, there is other amazing typical farm shop produce for you to try, including apple juice, cheese, butter and quiche.
Eastington Farm Shop
This quaint little farm shop at Middlehall Farm in Eastington stocks local, sustainable and fresh produce off the back of three generations worth of farming.
A bountiful range of colourful fruit and vegetables can be found in store, alongside locally produced jams and relishes.
The shop is essentially an ethical, local supermarket – stocking fresh eggs, bread from Hobbs House Bakery, Golden Sheep Coffee, and gelato from Wholly Gelato in the family-run farm shop. There are also treats like local honey and biscuits, too.
Court Farm Shop
This month, Court Farm Shop in Cheltenham is undergoing work to expand the butchery in its already thriving farm shop – which is all more the reason for having a lovely farm-produced roast dinner this autumn.
Aside from your traditional joints, the dedicated team handcraft amazing produce, including sausages, burgers, grill sticks, meat loaf, chicken kievs, meat balls, and and faggots.
The shop on Stoke Road also boasts a selection of free range eggs and a range of delectable deli foods.
Wotton Farm Shop
Situated on Bradley Road, Wotton Farm Shop is a well-rooted family business which provides Wotton-under-Edge with proper farm produce.
The selection of naked veg, fruit and salad is extensive and seasonal – with plump pumpkins to look out for in the autumn.
The deli at Wotton Farm Shop is stacked full of freshly cooked ham and tasty cheeses – ranging from goats to blue – and there is also a pot yourself olive section.
There is something for everyone, with an exciting new eco station to refill your washing up liquid at, as well as an alcohol tree and a vegan range.
Primrose Vale Farm Shop
Primrose Vale Farm Shop brings exquisite produce from across the county into one room – boasting an incredible selection of the Gloucestershire’s finest food in Bentham.
After a summer of PYO strawberries, Primrose Vale Farm Shop’s autumn raspberries are beginning to take off, as well as blackberries. If you want to participate in picking your own produce, then you can book free tickets to do so on the Primrose Vale website here.
The shop’s Potting Shed Cafe has been open since July too, which is great for a refreshing treat before heading home with your bounty of fruit.
Jolly Nice Farm Shop
Said to be one of the best farm shops in the country, Jolly Nice Farm Shop has recently diversified into opening a drive thru, selling coffee, cakes, ice cream, sausage rolls, and seasonal salads – and it’s even open for cyclists.
Inside the shop in Frampton Mansell, Jolly Nice stocks an exciting range of produce – including highly commended local brands in their alcohol section, such as Dunkertons cider, gin from Sibling, and wine from Woodchester Valley Vineyard. To name a few.
All of the meat comes from the farm in Westonbirt, and there is also a beautiful range of flowers and plants in store.
This week, it has been announced that Julian Dunkerton’s shop in Cheltenham has undergone a total transformation recently – and is now branding itself as ‘Cheltenham’s newest farm shop’.
An exciting array of produce seems to be on the cards for the store in Charlton Kings.
Founded in the Cotswolds over 200 years ago, Jesse Smith’s is renowned for its incredible meat selection.
The long-established shop in Cirencester sells succulent cuts of lamb, beef, pork, game and poultry – an exquisite showcase of the remarkable produce the Cotswolds has to offer.
The farm shop also stocks staples aside from meat, including organic milk from Jess’s Ladies, charcuterie from Trealy Farm, and eggs from Sherston Farm.
The Butts Farm Shop
The Butts Farm Shop in South Cerney has been keeping the Cotswolds fed with locally sourced and rare breeds meat since 2003.
Their bacon is dry-cured and smoked using woodchips on the farm. The shop also sells unconventional meat such as goat, and inventive pork and stilton sausages.
The shop chooses to only stock fruit and vegetables that are in season from local producers, and sells its own Maran and Welsummer eggs.
Stancombe Beech Farm Shop
Stancombe Beech Farm Shop is celebrated for its spectacular honey, which is produced by the Dickenson family, who own the shop, themselves.
The fruit and vegetables on offer on the shelves of the shop in Bisley are grown on the farm where possible, and bedding plants and potatoes are also on offer.
Stancombe Beech Farm Shop also boasts an excellent variety of produce from the wider county – including a decadent selection of cheeses.
Hailed to be the home of fine food and wine from the Cotswolds, Teddington Stores near the Gloucestershire-Worcestershire border has a food hall jam packed with amazing produce.
The bounty of fruit that can be found in the county can be found juiced from Winchcombe-based Hayles Fruit Farm, and Five Valley Cordials from Stroud.
Fresh bread is delivered everyday to the much-loved store from La Parisienne, an excellent Cotswold-based baker.
Local seasonal fruit and veg, deli items and fish can also all be found in the airy shop.
Due to the current situation, please be prepared to be asked to stick to social distancing rules and wear a mask when visiting these farm shops.