When we started out, one of our main objectives was to be the producer of as much of what we sold as possible. This remains very much at the heart of our ethos today.
We rear Large White pigs crossed with Duroc and Landrace breeds and sell them solely through the White Row butchery run by Jon Thorner. White Row customers even get to meet some of our pigs which are kept on site! The free range eggs we sell are home produced as well and have proved a popular venture for White Row. We started with 400 hens but due to the huge increase in our egg sales we have now added another 350 to our flock. The hens lay in a large dry barn but are able to run about outside in the daytime. As well as pork and eggs, we also grow as many of the potatoes, vegetables and salads as we can.
As well as White Row’s own produce, we also sell as much local produce as possible and are keen to support other farmers in the area. As customers grow more wary of large-scale supermarkets, we strive to be friendlier, serve better quality produce and support the community as much as possible. After all, we are a farm ourselves and supporting the community has always been part of farming. It’s just in our nature.
How we started
White Row Farm is a pig and arable farm. It has been for the last 40 years. Towards the end of the 1990’s the pig industry experienced a down turn and we decided the only way to save the business was to diversify. White Row happened to be in an ideal location for retail development, being just off the the roundabout on the busy A36, so we took a huge gamble and decided to develop one of the farrowing houses into a farm shop. The farm shop opened in July 2000 and, despite having to close for six weeks in spring 2001 due to foot and mouth, it has been going from strength to strength ever since.
In 2003 we were fortunate enough to obtain a Rural Diversification grant from DEFRA (Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs) which enabled us to to build the cafe and butchery within the farm shop and the Garden & Gift shop.