Pickering farm shop shortlisted in Yorkshire Post Rural Awards

The team at a North Yorkshire farm shop and café are celebrating after reaching the final of a regional business award.

Pickering business, Cedarbarn Farm Shop and Café has been shortlisted in the Farm Shop category in the sixth Yorkshire Post Rural Awards.

Cedarbarn co-founder, Mandy Avison said: “We’re fourth generation farmers and are proud to grow and rear a large percentage of our farm shop’s produce and meat. We’re delighted to be in the final and are looking forward to catching up with fellow rural businesses at the dinner.”

Cedarbarn Farm Shop and Café face competition from fellow finalists, Robertshaw’s Farm Shop, Farmer Copleys and Drewtons Farm Shop.

The year’s judges include Charles Mills from the Yorkshire Agricultural Society, Sophie McCandlish and Emma Ryan from the Yorkshire Post, farming writer, Chris Berry and Jennifer Costello from the NFU. The winner will be announced at an awards ceremony at The Pavilions in Harrogate on Thursday, 29th September. 

Cedarbarn Farm Shop and Café began as a small PYO strawberries operation from a caravan 26 years ago and is now a thriving farm shop and café that sources a large percentage of its produce from its own farm and a neighbouring farm supplemented with local suppliers.

The already award-winning farm shop are also set to add to their 38-strong team with the appointment of a new apprentice butcher.

Due to increased growth post-Covid, Cedarbarn are looking for an apprentice to learn butchery skills from their experienced team combined with day release study at college.

Co-founder Karl Avison, who rears Aberdeen Angus beef and Abermax Cross lambs in conjunction with Low Marishes farmers, David and Sam Beal said: “Having farmed in the area and run the Farm Shop, we know that the young people in the Pickering area are second to none, and we’re passionate about creating career opportunities for local people.” 

“Some members of our butchery team have been with us for over 14 years, which shows that butchery offers a secure, rewarding career with plenty of scope for promotion.”

The successful applicant will study one day a week for a Butchery Apprentice and Level 2 Certificate in Meat and Poultry at Bishop Burton College near Beverley and interested applicants should contact Alison Riley on 01751 475614 /  alison@cedarbarnfarmshop.co.uk

 For more information about Cedarbarn Farm Shop and Cafe, please visit www.cedarbarnfarmshop.co.uk