3 years ago this land was just a field! With lots of hard work, Paul, Jennifer, Nasko and their friends turned it into an impressive nursery with several large greenhouses, some smaller ones and additional open air fields at the back of the property. To complete their vision one thing is missing - a real farm shop serving fruit, vegetables and other essentials!
That's where our role begins. Paul has been supplying our company, Farm Next Door with home grown vegetables and plants for a few years and when the farm shop idea came to his mind - we were the first people he rang and offered us to set it up. There was no doubt in our mind and we instantly agreed.
Imagine a shop that not only offers produce grown on the spot, but also has a full range of fruit and vegetables that are 100% free of plastic packaging. Place where you can stock up on popular household essentials like free range eggs, milk, butter, oil and other items. Modern outlet selling zero-waste boxes filled with unsold or imperfect produce from our partner suppliers at fraction of their full price. Online friendly business that offers click-and-collect and local delivery through it's own website.
All of this requires only a small help to come true! Do you like how it sounds? Read on and support our project to get it through the finish line!
Even though the Farm Shop is under construction we hope that you will visit the plant nursery which is already open!
We are located close to Portadown at 10 Ballynarry Road, BT62 1TX, just 1 minute away from M1 motorway junction towards Maghery.
If you would like if Home Delivery covers your area - please visit www.farmnextdoor.uk to find out
Farm Shop is expected to open early August depending on success of this fundraiser and weather.
We'd like to build a place friendly for everyone and positive for the environment. 2 new jobs are expected to be created here if this initiative is successful. The shop will have unique features and products that we developed over 4 years while running Farm Next Door.
We are a first business in Northern Ireland to offer a fully plastic free fruit and veg range. This will also apply to the newly built farm shop! Produce will be packed using cardboard boxes, produce crates and range of paper or compostable bags.
Beyond fruit and veg we are NI's only stockist of UK's First Ever Plastic Free Crisps from award winning Two Farmers Brand. Locally made Abernethy Butter is also wrapped in paper rather than foil and is part of our assortment. Several products like these will be found in the new shop.
Northern Irish farmers grow an amazing range of produce literally next door! In our 4 year long journey we met lots of folks producing fruit, leafy veg, artisan/restaurant favourites, pumpkins, strawberries, beans, tomatoes, cucumbers and many more. We will do our best to keep the shop stocked up with as many of these as we can get!
There is no need to look far - guys running this nursery already grow our gherkins, tomatoes, yellow beans and herbs.
Many household budgets have suffered due to the pandemic and we have responded to that by creating regular special offers. Our point was to support our customers through these difficult times but also to show that a small company can have a lot to offer in terms of value too.
We always try do do things the right way. More ethical and aiming to support local farmers. That's right. When a local product is on offer it's us taking the hit - while grower still gets paid the full price. In some cases near 100% of the purchase price went back to the farmer.
Call to the shop and find out that getting a bargain never felt so good!
(some examples of our past offers below)
The new shop will serve as a click-and-collect point for orders booked through our website www.farmnextdoor.uk. There will be no charge for collection.
For a small fee, a regular home delivery will also be available.
The service is easy to use and lets you book an exact delivery date. Our customers are not tied up with subscriptions or contracts. We are not a random box service, but a full online shop, meaning you can choose exactly the products and quantities you want.
Our drivers are friendly and helpful and will leave the order exactly where you tell us to.
(Core of our online shop team - Marcin, Emilia and Eddie during Christmas)
Believe it or not - despite not being the prettiest, this box is our most popular one and can be found in 25% of our orders. Why? We create them from unsold or imperfect produce. Often we don't have enough produce to make them so we actually help other businesses sell their overstocks! And the impact?
One box weighs 4 kilos on average and in 1 year time we have sold 1005 (!) of these meaning we have saved over 4 tonnes of food from going into the bin!
Visit the shop and grab one for yourself!
We are building the shop ourselves and with help of friends so labour won't be an issue - simply we need to raise money for building and fitting materials.
Once the shop structure is up and running we will provide stock, staff and cover other necessary costs by ourselves.
What the funds will be used for (by priority):
- Blocks and concrete for base and floor
- Timber for the structure
- Metal sheet and timber for walls
- Double door and windows
- Roof insulation
- Electric installation and lights
- Timber for shelves and other in-shop furniture
These basic costs have been estimated at around £4500.
If we are lucky to acquire any additional funds, they would be spent on:
- upgrading construction materials and fit-out
- advertising and signage
- fridge for drinks
- coffee machine
- outside tables, seats and marquee
- improved lightning
- improved insulation