Richards of Cornwall - Quality Cornish Bulbs

History Our family has farmed in and around Hayle, Cornwall since the early 1900's. At that time we reared beef, milked cows and grew vegetables for both local and wholesale markets. Grandfather Richards started the business.


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RICHARDS OF CORNWALL REACHES FINALS OF TWO TOP FARM SHOP AWARDS

Richards of Cornwall, a Farm Shop in Hayle, Cornwall, is one of six farm shops in the UK to reach the finals for the ‘Best Newcomer’ title from the National Farmers’ Retail and Markets Association (FARMA). It is also among ten finalists nationally for a new ‘Own & Local’ Award, which celebrates the fundamental difference that farm shops bring to food retail.

The family-run farm shop opened in November 2004, when it sold four home-grown vegetable lines, and in less than three years, Richards has grown through direct sales to produce over 30 different fruit and vegetables. The shop also specialises in daffodils and daffodil bulbs from the farm, which grow very well in Cornwall’s mild climate. The judges’ attention was caught by the business’s new ‘Cornwall’s Favourite’ label, which promotes their range of foods all produced within a 50 mile area, including free range meat and poultry, homemade baked goods, preserves, juice, award-winning cheeses, as well as home-grown fruit and vegetables.

Business partner, Andrew Richards expressed his delight in being selected from amongst 140 national entries to go forward to the finals, ‘Our success in the awards so far acknowledges the commitment and passion of all family members and staff to the business; the desire to learn from others and work with the community to fire a growing vision. Improving our own produce, and buying from and encouraging local producers has been rewarding for us personally, as well as making shopping more interesting for our customers – and we hope that everyone will support us as we go all out to impress the judges in the finals for this award!’

In the stages completed so far, a detailed entry form was submitted followed by FARMA sending in a ‘mystery shopper’ to produce a report; in the next stage, the farm shop will be visited and assessed by others from the farm retailing sector. ‘This is what makes the FARMA Awards special,’ said Rita Exner, FARMA Secretary. ‘What customers get from their farm shop visit is clearly important but we also look for first-class retailing management skills and evidence of working for and with communities. Richards of Cornwall should be very proud to have reached the national finals in these prestigious Awards.’

For more information:

Richards of Cornwall, Carwin Farm, Hayle, Cornwall. TR27 5DG

Contact: Andrew Richards or Donna Richards Tel: 01736 757888 www.richardsofcornwall.co.uk

FARMA, Rita Exner or Gareth Jones: 0845 45 88 420 www.farma.org.uk

The National Farmers’ Retail & Markets Association (FARMA) is a 700-strong farmer-owned co-operative that represents and supports direct sales to the consumer in all its forms: farm shops, pick-your-own farms, farmers’ markets, box schemes and internet sales.

It sets standards for farmers’ markets with an independent inspection and Certification mark to ensure that they are genuine farmers’ markets; and works to improve retailing and marketing skills throughout the industry. The FARMA Awards have been running since 2002.

September 2007

 

Fields of Hope in Cornwall

 

Schools around Cornwall will be taking part in planting the Fields of Hope this year, to raise money for Marie Curie Cancer Care. We have donated 10,000 Daffodil bulbs and the children will choose their own fundraising activities. They will then plant the Daffodils to create the Fields of Hope in memory of loved ones and to remember the tremendous work that Marie Curie Carers give to the people and families that need support.

If you are one of the schools or pupils that have taken part this year we would like to hear from you, and how you, or your school raised money for the charity. E-mail us.

 

 

 

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