The Apple Tree Farm Shop at Brimsmore Gardens garden centre, Yeovil, has won gold in the Farm Shop category of the Taste of the West Hospitality & Retail Awards 2013.
The farm shop, which is part of The Gardens Group, won top marks for its commitment to local sourcing, clear labelling and the small producer write-ups on the cheese counter.
Judges were impressed that 75 per cent of the stock lining the shelves hadn’t travelled far, including strawberries from Cheddar in Somerset, and were pleased to see that seasonal produce was highlighted.
Team members were also acknowledged for the care and attention given to the farm shop both in its cleanliness and their knowledge of the produce on offer.
Farm shop manager Cath Collins said: "We are absolutely thrilled to have won this Gold award, and to receive such positive comments from the judges. We have a brilliant team who work really hard, and to be described as ‘a real gem’ makes the hard work all the more worthwhile.
"Getting to know our suppliers is of paramount importance to us, not only do we want to support producers that are close-by, but we also like to know what we’re talking about when our customers come in. We’ll be displaying our certificate with pride in the farm shop – and, who knows, we may just enter again next year."