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abandon plastic milk bottles all ye who enter here

The Organic Farm Shop on Burford Road just outside Cirencester is inviting customers to abandon plastic milk bottles, nasty evil environmentally destructive things that they are (OK, maybe I should just say not very sustainable), and use these lovely shiny new stainless steel churns instead.

By paying a £10 deposit, which will be refunded if the churn is returned in the same condition it left the shop, you get your first churn, and then you simply swap your empties for full ones each time you're in the shop.

A litre of delicious milk from the herd of dairy shorthorns on the surrounding Abbey Home Farm costs just £1.10.

I had a delicious lunch there last weekend (squash lasagne and lots of salads) and did a big food shop. It's a wonderful site, with a flock of lovely proud hens scratching around outside the panoramic windows of the restaurant.

Owner Hilary Chester-Master showed me round the farm, which also houses a conference centre, a campsite (just £4 a night), cottages and yurts.

There's also an organic textile section in the shop which sells bedspreads, sheets, pillowcases and tablecloths with beautiful hand block-printed designs. The cotton is organic and sourced and printed in India by a workshop Hilary has been running for 21 years. There are blockprinting courses on offer on site as well.

 

To find out more, please call 01285 640441 or e-mail info@theorganicfarmshop.co.uk or visit the Organic Farm Shop

 

Bill Heaney. Spring 2011. Online exclusive

 

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