Ellenden Farm’s Story
Sara and David Turner are right at the heart of Ellenden Farm and Shop, which they opened in 2007. It is situated in Harvington, in the Vale of Evesham, Worcestershire, an area renowned for its abundance of fruit, and award winning asparagus, both of which are sold in the farm shop, from their orchards, and from neighbouring growers. In 2017 the Farm Shop was extended to enable additional shop space to support more local, family suppliers, and to open a cafe, using where possible food from the farm shop.
Primarily their strongest offering is their own beef and lamb which is reared on the family farm at Coughton, 7 miles from the farm shop. The Turner family are third generation farmers; father Bob, and mother Ann, have been farming at Coughton, since 1960, and together with David, and Toby, Sara and David’s eldest son, they run a mixed arable, and livestock farm of 242 acres. Their 100% traceable meat is sold in Ellenden Farm Shop.
Farming is a way of life requiring a 24/7 commitment, and the farm shop is open 7 days a week. Sara and David have a strong work ethic which they share with the team, along with their knowledge, and commitment to locally sourced food, and local businesses. David’s vision for the farm shop is to promote healthier eating of quality, produce with low ‘food miles’, and credits Sara as the driving force behind the day-to-day running of the farm shop. While Sara says, that David remains first and foremost a farmer; David is passionate about farming, and will often be seen in the shop wearing his overalls, or driving past the entrance on a tractor!
Sara’s mother is Margaret, who is often seen amongst the flock of hens and ducks at Ellenden. She has also been stalwart over the years helping in the shop and cafe, and not least, supporting Sara and David with their growing family of 4 children; Emily, Toby, Matthew and William. All their children have, or still attend the local village, and local high schools, showing that this farming family are truly part of this bit of Worcestershire, community.
A customer once said, ”I believe that because you support the community in so many ways, the community support you. It's a virtuous circle!"