Starting a Farm Shop

  • Price: £5.99
  • Published: April 2017
  • Type: Business Opportunity Profile
  • Format: PDF
  • Qualifications and skills
  • Key market issues and trends
  • Trading, commercial and legal issues
  • Legislation
  • Further information

Farm shops supply a range of produce which has been reared or grown on the farm, along with locally sourced meat, fish, game, poultry, cheese, eggs, preserves and chutneys, and craft beers. Well-established farm shops often have on-site tearooms or cafés where they showcase and serve their produce, while others specialise in retailing meat and meat products and have an in-shop butchery.

This profile does not include information about starting up and running a café or tearoom or trading as a retail butcher, which are covered separately in BOP516, Café, BOP087, Tearoom and BOP156, Butcher's Shop.

Farm shops are typical diversification ventures run from premises as part of working farms and increasing numbers now trade online.

Farm shops are highly regulated under legislation governing food hygiene, food labelling, price marking, weights and measures, alcohol licensing and waste disposal.

This profile provides information about starting up and running a farm shop. It describes the skills required, the training available, the current market trends and the key trading issues. It also explains the main legislation that must be complied with and provides sources of further information and support.

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