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August 27, 2020
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August 27, 2020

Lockdown Larder

Kingston Blount Farms have been supporting other businesses and diversifying during lockdown!

It all started while Jason was in a shed putting milk in a fridge and the conversation was started! We realised we could provide a safe way for our local villagers to grab the essentials without having to go into a busy shop. They could even incorporate it into their daily exercise by walking down to us!

The Lockdown Larder was born! The name was agreed & a sign was painted. Initially we set up in the livestock trailer.  A fridge, a table, some bunting and a stripy rug were added & suddenly, we had the beginnings of a shop!

We bought flour in bulk from Heygates (www.heygates.co.uk), who we sell some of our milling wheat to. A production line was set up at the kitchen table, weighing, bagging, stitching and labelling. We then arranged for milk and cream to be delivered twice a week from Laceys Family Farm at Lane End (www.laceysfamilyfarm.co.uk); they are our local dairy and it really is the best!

And then we grew! We asked the local community what else they would like, and the rest is history!

So, as well as the above, we now stock the following:

  • Large free-range eggs – some from our own hens and the rest are supplied by Laceys.
  • Our very own Milly’s cakes at least twice a week as well as bread and pastries to order every Saturday, from the bakery at Long Crendon Manor (stables.longcrendonmanor.co.uk/bakery).
  • Delicious Ice Cream from Chiltern Ice cream (chilternicecream.co.uk) as well as delicate sorbets
  • Homebred Beef and lamb – these are with us from birth until we take them ourselves to the abattoir which minimizes stress, which in turn makes for a better meat. Nothing travels any further than 25 miles!
  • We are now also stocking honey from the bees in the lambing field and from September we will be stocking honey from our own hives which are amongst the Phacelia and the Sunflowers.
  • Pasteurised apple juice from our own apples
  • Fresh seasonal vegetables from the garden and potatoes from Rectory Farm.
  • We even stock beautiful British Sheepskin rugs!
  • And finally, we are also now a refill station for Ecover (www.ecover.com)!

When the sun was shining the trailer worked so well, it was quirky, easy to access, easy to disinfect and made social distancing so much easier, but then the weather changed! And the stock trailer was needed for purpose! After much deliberation, cogitation and speculation and many conversations with our lovely customers, we decided to invest in a portable building

So that is where we are now! A new Venture has begun!

Come and visit us at Kingston Blount Farm, September Cottage, 1 Stert Road, OX39 4SA Chinnor. Our sign is clearly displayed on the Stert Road. For more information, please like / follow our Facebook page at Kingston Blount Farms!

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