Daylesford Farmshop

The road north-west from Kingham meanders along the Evenlode valley, parallel with the railway line, until it reaches Daylesford, a classic estate village, nestling below Daylesford House.  This is home to Lord and Lady Bamford, owners of the worldwide heavy plant firm, JCB (hence the B in the name). Any thoughts of a sleepy hamlet disappear once Dayleford Farmshop comes in to view on the left.

Whilst the Farmshop opened in 2002, the Bamford family have been farming organically for over 40 years, with a simple passion for real food. The farm is home to heritage and rare breed animals with cattle, sheep and chickens and has a 20-acre market garden growing in step with the seasons. A lot of Daylesford food comes straight from their farm to your fork: meat and poultry from their organic pastures, fruit and vegetables from their market garden, bread from their bakery, and cheese, milk and yoghurt from their creamery.  Other vegetables are imported from Europe. Daylesford believes that producing food organically, following the year’s natural rhythms, is not only best for the future of our planet, it is better for our wellbeing too. All produce from Daylesford farms have full organic certification from the Soil Association.

Perhaps the name ‘farmshop’ sells it short; there is much more involved.  It could be termed the epicentre of gracious living, a place where style is everything.  Visiting Daylesford offers a whole experience with a full calendar of events; floristry and craft workshops, cookery school courses, spa treatments, cottage stays, as well as beautiful pieces for the home and garden. The highlight of the year is their extremely popular Summer Festival, this year taking place on Saturday 8th June with the theme – the Summer of Love, 1967. This family festival focuses on food, farming and artisan skills.

Daylesford is one of the most sustainable farms in the UK and farms towards 100% self-sufficiency.  They already strive to be truly sustainable by using no pesticides or fertilisers, managing field rotations, creating wildlife habitats, harvesting rainwater, installing solar panels and by practicing animal husbandry to high welfare standards. They feed all ruminant livestock (lamb, dairy, beef and venison) with a GM-free, organic, forage-based diet grown on their own farms. Since 2009 they have been committed to year-on-year reductions in fossil fuel usage and carbon emissions.

Over forty years ago, we began to turn our family’s farmland over to sustainable, organic farming, first in Staffordshire and then in the Cotswolds. What began as a simple passion for real food and a desire to feed our children better has grown into Daylesford as we know it today, one of the most sustainable organic farms in the UK.” – Carole Bamford, founder Daylesford Organic

August-September 2019