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Our story

Through the eyes of our founder, Bridget.

We started with a farm shop and cafe

I think my husband must have been thinking about this project for quite a few years. As soon as there was a possibility of a grant from the Rural Development Program the time seemed right.

Rural incomes were plummeting and there were several barns on the farm stood idle. The idea of Berry’s was hatched and interestingly there were several barns full of beech and sycamore wooden planks which had been maturing for 12 years.

Starting Farm Tours

The idea of Berry’s was not just to promote local produce and food but to also explain to the visiting public the need to support the Dales farmer.

In order for there to be stone walls and stock in the fields the produce must be sold at a realistic price. It is surprising how many children who come on the Berry’s Farm tours have never touched or fed a sheep, lamb, pig, goat, pony, calf, cow or rabbit.

Therefore, we set up the farm tours and farm experience in 2019 to give our guests a chance to experience sustainable farming life here in Wensleydale.

Setting up the yurts

People always told us how lucky we are to live in Wensleydale - with spectacular scenery and rolling hills.

We were looking into ways people could stay on site and get immersed into the magic of Wensleydale that everyone talks about. So when a friend suggested Yurts, it seemed a no brainer! With lots of hard work, we launched our first 2 yurts in April 2018, with the first year being 95% occupied! In 2019 we have 5 and more on order! We've been so fortunate to get some great feedback from our amazing guests - see here 


Supporting Local Charity

Music, Classic car rallies, Team quizzes and much more

Our various events are popular bringing in young and old to Berry’s to support local charities through music, classic car rallies, team quizzes and many children’s holiday activities.

Our aim going forward is to promote good wholesome cooking using local produce where possible to entice as many customers as possible to experience and enjoy the Dales.

 

 

Banner image credit Yorkshire Post