How It All Began
Our family have lived and farmed our 38-hectare croft for about 300 years. We continue the practices of our ancestors and, in one form or another, we rear:
- beef cattle
- pigs (seasonal)
We produce silage, meadow hay, oats/barley, neeps (the Shetland word for turnips) and Shetland kale in our fields.
In our polytunnel we grow a huge variety of fruit and vegetables including: strawberries, raspberries, cherries, plums, grapes, gooseberries, leeks, tomatoes, kale, cabbage, turnips, carrots, beetroot, cucumber, peppers, peas, onions, flowers.
We are able to sell everything we produce and cannot currently satisfy local demand.
The farm shop began in our community of Cunningsburgh after our local shop closed. We started operating an honesty box on Fridays where people could stop and buy local produce direct from the croft.
It started with a few dozen eggs in a small box at the road side, but grew to a livestock trailer stocked with our own produce, other people’s produce, bread, firewood, milk, and other groceries. We only operated on a Fridays because it tied in with the day our weekly, local newspaper The Shetland Times came out (which we sold around 90 of per week!).
Our enterprise became increasingly popular and grew from its humble beginnings and we are delighted to present to you today our shop and café.
Please stop by for a little browse. We hope to see you soon.
Kenneth, Hazel and family