Rumwell Farm Shop owners and staff welcomed Elizabeth Truss, Secretary of State for the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra), and Rebecca Pow, Prospective Conservative MP for Taunton Deane, to one the region’s outstanding farm produce outlets earlier this month. The visitors were there to see how a business that markets the very best in local farm produce has boomed during the last few years.
Anne Mitchell, co-owner of the farm shop, said: “We were delighted to welcome Elizabeth and Rebecca. It was a pleasure to explain our ethos and show them the local produce we stock.We have a family farm just four miles away which means we can offer people locally reared free range pork and Aberdeen Angus beef, as well as free range eggs and potatoes. We offer our customers regional produce and homemade items such as our fudge and jams.” Rumwell makes all its own sausages and cakes.
Elizabeth said: “I was delighted to be invited by Rebecca to Rumwell Farm Shop in this constituency. It’s a fantastic example of great British food capturing the local identity of Somerset. We were intrigued to watch sausages being made by hand through to being sold in the shop and impressed by the excellent range of local foods available.”
Defra is the government department responsible for environmental protection, food production and standards, agriculture, fisheries and rural communities in the United Kingdom.
Rumwell Farm Shop is an independent, family-run, award-winning business owned by the Mitchell family. It was originally a potato store when David and Anne Mitchell began selling their potatoes and free range eggs at the gate. Due to customer demand, the range of products soon increased and the farm shop grew into the place it is today. David and Anne’s sons, James and Jack, are now also involved in the business.
There is a delicatessen, bakery, jam kitchen and food hall at the shop. The jam kitchen produces a range of 50 products including jams, chutneys and marmalades, all made using fruit and vegetables from the shop.
Rebecca Pow grew up on a Somerset family farm and ran the first local food and drink initiative for independent producers in Somerset. She has a keen interest in promoting locally sourced home grown produce. She said, “The Mitchell family are an outstanding example of a farming family who have utilised their potential to produce food on the farm and sell directly to the public. Everyone is involved, Ann running the shop, David being the accountant and farmer and son James keeping the pigs and supplying the butchery. This is an excellent showcase for fine local food and the enterprise also provides up to 30 local jobs and is still expanding with an onsite coffee shop and café about to open.”