Farm Shop Closure

I find that the holiday time around Christmas gives everyone a bit of breathing space and there’s time to reflect, more than a little bit, on life. How’s it is going and where it is going. Some of you may remember that Michael and other family members were quite sick over Christmas and this brought everything that we do here on the farm into sharp relief. We deliberated quite a bit, the pro’s and con’s, the in’s and out’s, the ups and downs, and the decision was made to close the Farm Shop. ¬†Waterfall Farm will run as before with our lambing courses, barn hire, farm tours and so on continuing as normal.

The Farm Shop ran very well and was, in essence, a successful business. We won awards; both Georgina Campbell and McKenna’s Guides deemed us good enough for their high standards and we were very honoured to have their plaques in our little Shop. We managed to get our mugs on telly. Twice! Which was an experience in itself and we are very grateful for that opportunity as well. We featured in different national newspapers, a few times, with lovely complimentary articles written about us by top journalists which was really nice.

The support we enjoyed from all sorts of people was humbling and we are hugely grateful for all of it. However the Farm Shop took a huge time commitment and this significantly reduced the amount of time we could devote to other areas of our lives including family, the farm work and other ventures. Essentially we were being stretched too thin and it was beginning to show, hard decisions had to made.

We had great fun running the Farm Shop, we met a lot of new people, we learnt a huge amount in a short space of time and made lots new friends. All of this we will miss, but we are extremely thankful for the opportunity to have had these experiences. Overall we feel it was a very valuable and worthwhile venture. We would like to sincerely thank you, our customers, for all your support. The regulars, both local and from further a field, were wonderful and always so valued. We also had wonderful suppliers and are very grateful to them for all their support. We really felt part of the local community and artisan food producer community and will miss that.

Our very best wishes and sincere thanks to everyone who helped in any small part along the way, it’s onwards and upwards to the next great adventure. No regrets, because you only live once!

Hannah and Michael

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