Our Story

Helen's family
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Why a farm shop?

My life as a lawyer had seen many changes through the years and yet further changes were on the horizon. These changes did not suit my belief in access to justice and also travel to South London from deep in the heart of Kent's countryside was becoming too much. I needed a complete change and as a farm shop was not available locally this seemed a good way of going back to my roots. I've lived in Pluckley and Egerton for over 30 years.

helen bairdI come from a farming family historically. The family have not owned farms in my generation but we all remain in Kent. In fact, our family tree goes back to a blacksmith in Hothfield in the late 1600's - only a few miles from the farm shop.

Supporting local farmers and cottage industries to keep the rural economy alive can only be a good thing.

As the shop is two miles from my family home of over 30 years I have significantly reduced my carbon footprint as well.

Our Ethos

Support local!

I have a strong desire to support farmers and the rural economy. Pluckley used to have 6 shops for just over a thousand villagers not so long ago, however, despite the growth of the village, the number of shops has declined. Pluckley has a good convenience store and butchers and between us we now bring a wider choice so residents can reduce their travelling.

We work with local people to provide high quality fruit and vegetables and other locally made products ranging from ice cream and jams to soaps made from Romney Marsh wool lanolin and so much more. Supporting local people is at the heart of our business.

What's on offer?

We can provide a whole range of food stuffs such as fruit and veg, dairy, ice cream, meats, wines, spirits (Yes, they are English), tea and coffee blended in Pluckley, confectionery, fresh bread, eggs, preservatives, fruit juices, rapeseed and olive oils, cheeses and so much more you'll have to visit and see for yourself. We cannot change shopping habits completely and so we will stock the basics from abroad such as lemons and bananas as this trade, forged by our ancestors, is an accepted way of life.

We all juggle our time and so we understand convenience food plays a part in our lives. But why buy supermarket foods when we can offer home cooked ready meals from our own cooks? We have lasagnes, pies, curries, pizzas, fish cakes, quiches, desserts and fresh snacks and cakes every day too.

We also have lovely local art, crafts and gifts which have become very popular with our customers.

Where are we?

Not only is Pluckley reportedly the most haunted village in England but this area was used to film the Darling Buds of May. We are nestled in beautiful working farm land.

We can be found just outside Pluckley village, a couple of miles from Smarden which can be reached via the A28 from Biddenden or from the A20 at Charing. We have plenty off road parking.

What's New?

Bespoke services for veg boxes and hampers.

Our own reared, veg fed, pork.

Helen Baird

pluckley farm shop, kent

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