History of the Farm
The farm shop was started in 2003 by Robert & Heather Copley. This was a ploy to keep Heather busy whilst she raised the next generation of Copleys. Little did we know that in a few short years Farmer Copley’s was to be known as one of the best farm shops in Great Britain. The shop started as a small stable conversion and quickly grew, expanding in 2006 and then again more recently in 2009 to its present size. Farmer Copley’s now boasts 3,100 square feet of retail space and encompasses a 106 seated café, known fondly as MOO Café.
The farm shop prides itself on being able to supply a superb range of home grown and locally sourced top quality products from the award winning butchery department, a lovely Delicatessen with cooked meats & cheeses, plus a bakery, with freshly baked breads & cakes, a selection of super preserves and condiments, free range eggs, micro-brewery beers, wines & spirits, Yorkshire made confectionery and all your store cupboard basics and family favourites from days gone by. What we do at Farmer Copley’s is not rocket science, it’s just done properly… and the difference is amazing. Ask some of our clients or follow us on Facebook to see how passionate our clients are about their local farm shop – Farmer Copley’s.
I visit Farmer Copley’s at least once, maybe twice a week for coffee in the Moo Café and farm shop. All the staff are so friendly and helpful. In my opinion the excellent home produced meat and bakery are very good value and quality. I can and do recommend Farmer Copley’s to everyone.
The core of the business started with the Butchery department, Robert and Heather have since created a retail destination and a pleasant shopping experience. Prior to the latest expansion it was packed and fun but you needed to be in and out quickly for your own sanity! (full stop deleted here) Now, however, you can park easily directly outside the shop entrance, walk around the shop and get that special ‘something’… we still can’t put our finger on exactly what it is, so now we refer to it as ‘that special Farmer Copley’s feeling’ and this is what keeps people coming back time and time again. That, and the fact the products are fabulous.
The butchery window is what we are famous for, both with our customers and peers. It is now 10.5 metres in length and has a wide variety of cuts of meats… beef, lamb, pork, game and lots of wonderful varieties of handmade sausage. The Butchery department and its excellent butchery team is headed by Michael Kerr. Farmer Copley’s has won Butcher’s Shop of the Year (Farm Shop) twice, and been a finalist three times.
We can trace every cut of meat in our 10.5 meter butchery counter back to the field!
The Bakery is supplied from our own in store bakery which makes all the meat pies, steak pies, pork pies, roast chicken pies… all made with our own and locally sourced free range meat. The pies are made by hand in the traditional methods and thus taste gorgeous. They are available in the café with mushy peas, mint sauce and gravy. The bakery also makes an array of other dishes including ready-made meals, fruit pies and most famously Grandma Millie’s Yorkshire Parkin – once you’ve purchased this take it home and leave in a tin if you can for up to two weeks at which point it will be at its best. I like it warm with custard! You can see the team of bakers working from within the farm shop and see the warm pies being carried down to the deli throughout the day.
Did you know that at 4pm each weekday 80% of us do not know what we are having for dinner that evening! To help you with this we have a solution. Our butchers and bakers between them make some fabulous home cooked ready-meals – what we like to call ‘ready prepared’ meals – for you to just pop in the oven or flash in the wok etc. We all need that little bit of convenience when we are working. At Farmer Copley’s all the hard work is taken out, but none of the taste. This is the best of both worlds.
Our range of ‘ready prepared’ dishes includes Chicken & Chorizo Jambalaya, Pork Parisian, Ginger Chilli & Lime Chicken Stir Fry, Italian Chicken, Chilli Con Carne, Beef Bourguignon, Potato Salad, Italian Pasta Salad, Spicy Curry Pasta Salad, Spicy Mixed Bean Salad, Creamy Mash with Smoky Bacon, Greek Passion Potatoes, French Garden Potatoes, Cauliflower & Broccoli Gratin and so the list goes on, and don’t forget Grandma Janet’s Homemade Soups!
The farm grows some fruit and vegetables which are picked fresh daily when they are in season and displayed as you walk in the shop. The rest of the time Robert or Nicholas go to market early in the morning and selects the finest locally produced produce for you. For those products that cannot be grown in the UK we will always pick the closest wherever possible and our bananas come on the slow boat rather than by air, thus having a lower carbon footprint. We grow our own strawberries, raspberries, blackberries, gooesberries, pumpkins, gourds, sweet corn, sunflowers, beef, lamb & eggs, and liquorice! YES Liquorice. Follow the crops lives on Facebook.
Fresh Bread is baked daily in Pontefract Town Centre and delivered to the farm shop, if you are in the shop between 9:45 and 10:15am you will see and smell the freshly baked bread delivery. The bakers are called Mr & Mrs Adams officially, however they are fondly known as, and answer to ‘Mr & Mrs Bread’. The artisan breads and freshly baked cakes come from Time Bakery in Wakefield and are well worth a try, the lemon and white chocolate cake with real lemon curd in the middle has to be the favourite in the Copley household. We ourselves bake the infamous Parkin, Curd Tarts, Lemon Meringue Pie, Tea Loaf, Cut & Come Again, and all the pies you could ever imagine.
Don’t forget your eggs… there really isn’t anything as simple, yet perfect, as a fresh egg, be it boiled, fried, scrambled, poached or used to bake a fresh cake. We have our own hens and collect the eggs daily. You can’t get fresher than that!!!
Select or pre order your fresh fish for collection on Fridays & Saturdays. Glenn will be at Farmer Copley’s every Friday & Saturday from 9:30 am until 4:30pm, which is a very long day when you consider he has been to Whitby to select the fresh fish off the boats at 3:30am, but if you want the best, you know what they say, ‘the early bird catches the worm’… we catch quite a lot at Farmer Copley’s!
Your local farm shop, is open 7 days a week Monday to Friday 9:00am until 6:00pm, Saturdays 9:00am until 5:30pm, Sundays & Bank Holidays 9:00am until 4:00pm.