We’re sure that work trips are a drag for many but there were absolutely no complaints from FarmDrop’s Ben Pugh and Jaks when, on the eve of the Bank Holiday last Friday, they ventured to Stream Farm in Somerset. And how’s this for a welcome committee
Arriving at the farm, a beautiful flock of Hampshire Down sheep, ready for shearing trotted docilely down to greet the boys. Needless to say, even without this idyllic encounter, we’re absolutely delighted to be working with StreamFarm, who will be helping to set up Bristol’s first FarmDrop.
Stream Farm was bought by James Odgers and his wife Henrietta in 2002. Since then, they’ve won a whole slew of awards and, more recently, have developed a vision that’s nothing short of inspiring: to protect and nurture the British Countryside by fostering small farming businesses on their 250-acre farm, which can sell their produce directly to the hands and mouths destined to consume it, thus turning away from the “enormous farm to enormous supermarket” (with who knows what in between?) supply chain.
With more and more farmers waking up to the value – in all senses – of this model, Stream Farm now has six small farming businesses on the go, with cows, lambs, chickens, rainbow trout, spring water and apple juice. Smoked fish is soon to be available too, with this ever-enterprising lot having bought a £100 caravan from eBay to convert into a smokehouse! And, while each producer has their own area of expertise, the farm works much like a cooperative, with everyone getting stuck in to help when it’s peak time for one of the products.
The day ended with the most delicious chicken broth, made from Stream Farm’s own Devonshire Gold chickens and we’re now all eagerly waiting for James’ wife Henrietta to publish her own cookbook. In the meantime, if you’re keen to see the farm firsthand and learn more about where some of your Bristol FarmDrop produce will be coming from, head on down to Stream Farm’s Open Day this weekend. We can’t guarantee you’ll get quite the same woolly welcome as we did, but it sounds like it’s going to be a cracker. For more info, and to RSVP, click here.