Being a county full of agricultural treats, it’s no wonder that there are an abundance of farm shops and delis selling a wide variety of locally sourced and locally grown foods. The farm shops are typically on site of the farm so you know that everything they sell is completely fresh and seasonal.
For a lot of people, particularly in more rural areas, farm shops and delis might appear to be the same thing and use the names interchangeably. There is a difference between the two though and here in Dorset, you’ll find several of each offering different types of produce.Read More…
Usually, delicatessens sell a selection of fine or unusual food items that are ready prepared. They’re a great place to go for sandwich or salad filling options, as they will often have a selection of freshly prepared lettuce, cous cous and other seeds and salad items, perfect for grabbing for a picnic or for those of you hosting a special dinner. The delis you’ll find in Dorset will have locally reared cured meats and cold cuts, both sliced for sandwiches and thicker slices for main meals.
Farm shops on the other hand, are consumer facing parts of the farming industry where farmers can sell directly to customers. Shopping at a farm shop will guarantee you the freshest products, most of which will have come from either a nearby farm or the shop itself will be on the farm land, so it is also a great option for those that are eco-friendly and want to be sure that they are limiting their food miles.
Dorset’s local delis and farm shops generally have cafes onsite selling a host of freshly prepared sandwiches, cakes and other desserts as well as teas, coffees, milkshakes and smoothies. These are a great way to sample some of the foods you can pick up at the shops as well as a way to refresh after a day of touring the countryside.