A UK-wide project, which seeks to discover the true value of the country's farm shops, has recently been launched. Its aim is to help develop the sector further. It seems that, over the course of the pandemic, retail patterns have changed, with the public exhibiting a growing appetite for British farm shops.
There are probably well over 1,000 premises up and down the country which would fall under the definition of farm shop. Now the new research, by the Farm Retail Association and Harper Adams University, will aim to clarify this as it seeks to build a clearer picture of the sector. Researchers want to discover the impact farm shops have not only with their local communities, farmers and suppliers, but also upon the wider economy and the UK’s rural landscape.
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