Sisters join forces to run farm shop, Honiton

PUBLISHED: 15:15 24 February 2010 | UPDATED: 00:59 16 June 2010

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TWO sisters, whose family roots in farming date back generations, are celebrating success - just months after opening their own farm shop on the edge of Honiton.

TWO sisters, whose family roots in farming date back generations, are celebrating success - just months after opening their own farm shop on the edge of Honiton.

Nicola and Rebecca Bartlett, of Bartlett's Farm Shop, claimed three top prizes at the South West Sausage Competition.

They won a gold award for their traditional sausage and silver awards for cracked black pepper and cranberry and rosemary sausages.

Nicola, 23, and Rebecca, 19, previously worked at a farm shop in Kenford.

They seized the opportunity to run their own business when their parents, Leonard and Angela, and brother Jack, moved to Hayne Farm, on the edge of Heathpark Industrial Estate and just a few steps from homes at Heathfield.

"We were both happy working in Kenford, but Hayne Farm had planning permission for a farm shop," said Nicola.

"All the beef and lamb sold in the shop comes from our farm, so it doesn't travel very far! The pork comes from Clyst Hydon and Upottery, but we have just bought our own pigs.

"Our fresh veg is delivered daily and we source as much as possible locally.

"Bread sold in the shop is made by Paul's Bakery, in Seaton."

The shop now has an off-license and sells locally-made pottery.

"We haven't got big plans," said Nicola. "We are quite happy with what we are doing.

"We have only been open a few months but, already, we have attracted regulars, who keep coming back.

"Our main aim is just to let people know we are here and that we are within walking distance for many.

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