Darts’ award a ‘fitting tribute’ to mother Enid

PUBLISHED: 08:56 06 March 2015 | UPDATED: 08:56 06 March 2015

Darts Farm staff with the FARMA Best Large Farm Shop award

Darts Farm staff with the FARMA Best Large Farm Shop award

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A Topsham farm shop has been recognised as the best in the UK at an awards ceremony.

Darts Farm was named the ‘Large Farm Shop of the Year’ at the 2015 FARMA awards dinner in Wyboston, beating off stiff competition from similar farm shops all over the UK.

Finalists were judged by a panel of farm retail experts over a six-month process, involving written applications, multi-media presentations, secret shopping and a series of shop visits.

On winning the award, Michael Dart, who runs the shop with his brothers, James and Paul, said: “We are thrilled to win such a prestigious award and to gain recognition for all the hard work our team put into the business, day in and day out.

“We would like to thank our loyal customers and all the fantastic producers who have supported us over the years.

“We are passionate about supporting a thriving local, farming community and believe in offering the best locally sourced and artisan products to our customers.”

The timing of the award comes a week after the news of the death of Darts Farm founder Enid Dart, who was instrumental in the growth of the farm shop and is fondly remembered by staff and customers alike.

Michael said: “Winning this national award has been a fitting tribute to the memory of our mother.”

Darts Farm had a double celebration as their master butcher, Alastair David, also clinched victory in the FARMA Retail Butchery and Display Competition.

Alastair said: “I am amazed and very privileged. The competition was very strong with some of the best butchers in the country so it was a really fantastic experience.”

FARMA is a co-operative of UK farmers, small-scale local producers and farmers’ market organisers.


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