Carpenter’s Nursery and Farm Shop in St Albans has been a part of St Albans’ landscape for nearly 100 years. The local farm shop has been supplying fresh fruit and vegetables for generations. For years I have been driving past, oblivious to the gems inside. If you have never been before, now is the perfect time to pop in and see what Carpenter’s Nursery and Farm Shop has to offer.
On Saturday 21st and Sunday 22nd May 2016, Carpenter’s Nursery and Farm Shop will be celebrating their recent refurbishment. Visit the shop that weekend and you will receive a glass of fizz on arrival, children will be able to plant their own sunflower seed in a pot to take home (9-10am and 2-3pm) and there will be hanging basket demonstrations (10-11am and 3-4pm), as well as free samples.* Go along, support a great local business that is passionate about local food and local produce and find out more about what Carpenter’s has to offer.
Carpenter’s Veg Boxes
If you are looking for fresh produce with low food miles then why not try one of Carpenter’s Veg Boxes? There is a Click and Collect service, so you can order what you need online and choose a time to pop in and pick your produce up. Use the code MUMS2122 at the checkout for 20% off your online order until 31st May 2016. Click here to start shopping!
Copley & Buckley Honey
Carpenter’s Nursery and Farm Shop stock Copley & Buckley Honey made with the help of bees on the Carpenter’s farm in Sandridge. If you are looking for local honey, you can’t get much better than this! They estimate that the honey travels about one mile between collection, extraction and bottling. The raw honey is taken from the local hives by hand, strained to remove any wax from the honeycomb and then it is bottled in jars. The honey is not heated during the bottling process so this means that the honey does set. I haven’t found this to be a problem and if you like runny honey you can put the jar in the microwave on a very low setting and the heat turns the honey back into a liquid, for easy pouring or spreading.
Clover Free Range Eggs
All the eggs at Carpenter’s are supplied by Clover Free Range Eggs, near Royston on the Hertfordshire/Cambridgeshire border. Clover Free Range Eggs focus on low density, welfare orientated farming. The Clover hens have access to clover paddocks in the daytime and eggs are collected and packed by hand. I have found that the eggs have a very golden yellow yolk and they taste delicious. The proof is in the eating and you have to try them!
James White Fruit and Vegetable Juices
One of my favourite finds in the Farm Shop is the organic beetroot juice. James White’s Beet It, is a sweet and earthy drink, great for anyone looking for healthy alternatives to pure fruit juice, or looking to include more veg in their diet. You will also find Autumn Rosehip Cordial, Big Tom Tomato Juice and Apple and Ginger Juice amongst the selection.
Dizzy Bee Kitchen
If you are looking for an alternative to sugary cereals then pick up a pack of Dizzy Bee’s Granola the next time you are at Carpenter’s Nursery and Farm Shop. Made in St Albans, Dizzy Bee Granolas are a nutritious blend of seeds, nuts, crunchy oats and bran. Can something so healthy really be this scrummy?
You will also find beautiful flowers, a wide range of plants, hanging baskets and more. Enjoy great friendly service and shop in the knowledge that your pennies are going back into the local economy to a family business that believes in local, quality produce.
You will find Carpenter’s Nursery and Farm Shop at 106 St Albans Road, AL4 9LJ.
*While stocks last.
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