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6 of the best farm shops by the coast

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When you’re in Tees Valley, a must-visit is a family-run farm shop.

These gems offer everything from fresh fruits and veggies to dairy delights, meats, and mouth-watering baked goods.

Not only do you get top-quality, farm-fresh produce, but you also support local businesses and families with every purchase, keeping the community thriving.

And why not make a day of it by exploring the farm, enjoying a picnic with your freshly sourced goodies, or simply soaking up the countryside views?

Whether you’re a foodie or just appreciate the finer things in life, we’ve rounded up six of the best farm shops in Tees Valley, each offering its own unique selection of goodies.

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FARM SHOPS IN YARM

Five Houses Farm Shop & Kitchen

At Five Houses in Yarm, the Kitson family’s third generation brings you top-tier produce with a farm-to-fork promise. They raise their animals in Scorton and handpick from local farmers for prime meats. Their kitchen serves up daily specials with ingredients straight from the shop, alongside irresistible homemade cakes.

Nestled in Crathorne Estate, the farm shop offers the finest local goods, from high-welfare meats to artisanal cheeses. Don’t miss the deli with Kitson’s famous pies and hot sandwiches. Five Houses Farm Shop & Kitchen are all about quality and traceability, ensuring only the best produce.

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Hutchinson Hobbs Farm Shop & Butchers

Hutchinson Hobbs is a family-run farm shop and butchers dedicated to bringing you the best of local and regional products. From their carefully sourced meats to homemade specialities, they prioritise quality and service.

With three generations involved, their passion shines through in every aspect of their business. Explore their wide selection of fresh produce, enjoy regular tastings and discover the stories behind their products. From their family to yours, expect a true taste of tradition at Hutchinson Hobbs.

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Crathorne Farm Diary

Crathorne Farm Dairy is a family-run farm offering self-service fresh milk and delicious milkshakes. With recent specials including Snickers, Biscoff and pink bubble gum flavours that change every week – so no visit is the same.

But you can always expect classics like whole, strawberry, and chocolate milk to be on offer. Visit their milk hut from 7am to 9pm daily at TS15 0BA. Farmer Joe Dugdale’s vision for the milk shed brings back the authentic taste of milk.

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Alpaca Alpaca

Enjoy an alpaca walking experience on the 11-acre farm.

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Luna Blu 

The go-to tapas restaurant and bar that serves delicious tapas-inspired dishes of meat and seafood, brunch and afternoon teas.

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Fourteen Drops

A wine bar and shop specialising in over 200 small artisan wines from across the world complete with wine-tasting experiences.

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Preston Park Museum and Grounds

Explore the 100-acre public park and experience what life was like in 1895 as you take a stroll down the replica Victorian street.

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FARM SHOPS IN DARLINGTON

Medieval Ulnaby Farm Shop & Café

Just a short drive from Darlington, this farm shop and café offers a great selection of locally sourced products. From hand-reared Beltie beef to homemade cakes and pastries, they’ve got your cravings covered. Relax indoors or enjoy the tranquil outdoor seating area with the resident pony, donkey, llama and goat.

Browse through their gift shop for unique finds, and don’t miss their homemade soups, stews, and Beltie burgers. While you’re there discover the history of medieval Ulnaby while supporting sustainable farming.

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Piercebridge Organic Farmshop & Café

Nestled in Piercebridge, Piercebridge Organic offers a slice of countryside charm. With a 300-acre organic farm dating back to 1964, the Hodgson family ensures top-quality meats from Aberdeen Angus cattle, Landrace Duroc pigs and more.

The farm shop boasts over 2,000 organic products, from fresh produce to meats and pantry staples. Take a break inside the onsite café for freshly brewed coffee and tuck into a hearty meal. Harry’s Eggs, sourced from happy, free-range hens, are a local favourite..

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Darlington Hippodrome

A beautiful Edwardian theatre, rooted in the local community that hosts plays, opera, comedy, music, dance and pantomimes.

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South Park  

A Grade II listed historic and dog-friendly park complete with a play area, café, aviary and lakes. Plus, listen to bands playing in free outdoor concerts.

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Raby Castle & Deer Park

 Expect wonderful trails in the 18th-century Walled Garden and an opportunity to explore the 200-acre Deer Park.

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Estabulo Rodizio Bar & Grill

Immerse yourself in authentic Brazilian flavours, including an all-you-can-eat experience.

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FARM SHOPS IN EASINGTON 

Farm Direct Country Store    

As a family-run business on the edge of The North York Moors National Park, Farm Direct are more than just a farm shop – they’re your one-stop destination for all things agricultural, pet care and gardening. With a spacious tea room overlooking the scenic rolling hills, you can unwind with a cuppa and homemade cake.

They take pride in their locally sourced products, competitive prices and warm hospitality. Explore their extensive range and enjoy a taste of their finest offerings.

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Skinningrove

A small village on the coast between Saltburn and Staithes that is home to coastal walks with stunning sea views.

Guisborough Forest & Walkway Visitor Centre 

Discover the most breathtaking views as you take a walk through stunning natural scenery at Guisborough Forest.

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The Reunion Bar and Restaurant

A new, family-friendly and dog-friendly bar and restaurant that’s bringing contemporary vibes to Loftus.

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Saltburn Beach

This shingle and sandy beach boasts a Victorian pier and a unique water-powered Cliff Lift for easy access.

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