Organic food champion, The Community Farm, has opened its first shop in Bath after gaining a firm following at the city’s Saturday Farmers’ Market, prompting the move to more permanent premises.
Located at The Huts, in the city’s Green Park Station, The Community Farm now offers shoppers access to locally-sourced organic produce, tinned foods, dried goods, preserves and more throughout the week.
“I’m looking forward to growing the business, spreading the word about The Farm, and celebrating all things veggie with the people of Bath,” says Shop co-ordinator Sarah Rees, commenting on the opening.
“We strive to pay above the market price to our local, organic farmers for their produce, and we make it accessible directly to our customers at a cost that’s affordable,” adds Ped Asgarian, managing director of The Community Farm. “We don’t go all-out for maximum profit, we aim for fairness. Our customers share our ethics. They are principled, knowledgeable and passionate about eating fresh, healthy food. Their loyalty has enabled us to expand our business in Bath and we can’t thank them enough.”
I’m looking forward to growing the business, spreading the word about The Farm, and celebrating all things veggie with the people of Bath
Much of the organic fruit and vegetables sold at the shop come directly from the 13-acre plot in the Chew Valley, near Bath. Profits from the products sold help fund learning and community activities at The Farm, such as school visits, wellbeing sessions and wildlife walks.
The Community Farm is a social enterprise owned and governed by more than 500 member shareholders. It was the brainchild of local health food retailer Better Food’s founder Phil Haughton and local farmer Luke Hasell, who owns the land. Its aim is to help people develop a better understanding of where their food comes from, reconnect with the land on which their food is grown, and learn more about sustainable farming.