In recent years, a move towards ecologically-friendly, sustainable food has taken off, with a drive towards traceable, high-quality food, low food miles, seasonal produce, freshness and care all coalescing in one form – the modern farm shop.
Usually located on the farm that supplies them, farm shops bring the local and natural back onto the public’s plates, and with no shortage of food scares like the horse meat scandal of 2013, the public have never been keener to know exactly what is on their plates.
More than 4000 farm shops are currently open across the UK, selling local produce grown right there. Every one is different, but they all need to store and display their food – which is where the farm shop cold storage offered by ECS comes in.
Farm Shop Cold Storage
Any farm shop needs to be able to store and display its goods – with display cabinets, farm shop refrigerators and freezers needed to keep produce looking and tasting great. A farm shop can be a challenging environment for cold storage, with a host of challenges not faced by other stores. Just like the farms they are built on, no two farm shops are the same, so no one farm shop refrigeration solution can ever hope to suit them all. Every Cooling Solution are proud to be able to provide bespoke cooling solutions to any farm shop, regardless of size and requirements – whatever you need, just get in touch with Every Cooling Solution to talk about what we can do for you.
What are the Challenges Faced by Farm Shop Cold Storage?
Farm shop cold storage faces a different set of challenges to those faced by supermarket cooling solutions or retail chillers. First, the produce handled by the cold storage solutions is likely to be seasonal, and therefore the chiller’s function will have to change as the seasons do – calling for something more adaptable than that faced by supermarkets, with their uniform goods.
Farm shop cold storage varies from store to store, too – with each farm shop producing and selling different foods, and different sizes and layouts physically setting stores apart. One-size-fits-all solutions are out for the modern farm shop, and tailored cooling solutions are required. At Every Cooling Solution, we can take these challenges in stride to provide the refrigeration your farm shop needs.
Farm Shop Refrigeration
One of the primary selling points for any farm shop is the freshness of its produce – so keep that produce fresh with our farm shop refrigeration! Every Cooling Solution has years of experience in providing refrigeration and chilling to many sectors and industries – we can provide cooling solutions that are tailored to your shop, your budget and your business needs, making sure that you always get the best cold storage solution for your budget. Contact us today to see what we can do for you!
Farm Shop Display Cabinets
A good display cabinet makes it possible to store and display your goods at the same time, keeping your farm shop produce fresh and delicious while making sure your customers can still see it clearly and peruse it easily. A retail favourite, farm shop display cabinets are just as useful in the farm shop as in supermarkets and cafes. At Every Cooling Solution, we can provide completely custom display cabinets to suit any store layout.
Farm Cold Rooms
For a larger farm shop, or one which processes and butchers its own livestock, a refrigerator may not be enough to get the job done. Where you need more space for chilled produce, a farm cold room can provide the extra space while consolidating your cold storage into one much more efficient space – which saves you energy and money!
How is a Farm Shop Different from a Normal Store?
With a growing movement towards sustainability, local produce and reliable, traceable food, the farm shop movement has flourished in recent years. With appearances that vary from shiny, supermarket-style stores to rustic converted barns, there are thousands of farm shops in the UK. Each one is certified by FARMA (the National Farmer’s Retail and Markets Association) with a code given to farms and agricultural holdings to make sure that they are, in fact, supplied by a farm, so their customers can be sure that they’re getting quality local produce.
This local produce is the draw of a farm shop – supermarkets can provide anything a customer could ever want, but farm shops take their power from their limitations – everything sold there was made on the farm, with minimal food miles, complete confidence in the origins and ingredients, and seasonal variation. Rather than shipping food for thousands of miles to stock it in the off season, farm shops sell seasonal produce as fresh as it can possibly be, hand-made food and drinks and ingredients that emphasise quality and provenance over quantity.
However, as every farm shop is different, their farm shop cold storage solutions must also be different. Supermarkets and branch stores can operate on a familiar layout and standardise their cold storage, but farm shops may differ not only in size and layout, but even in their need for cold storage solutions!
A farm shop which stocks fresh meats and dairy, for example, will need much more cold storage than one which sells cured meat or vegetables picked on the day. The bespoke cold storage solutions offered by Every Cooling Solution are ideal for farm shop use for that reason – no matter the layout, requirements and limitations of your farm shop, ECS can create the perfect farm shop cold storage solution for you. Get in touch with us today to see what we can do for you!
What Should I Consider for my Farm Shop Fit Out?
When considering fitting out your farm shop with cold storage, you should take several factors into account. What size is your farm shop? How much produce do you need to store at any one time? What sort of produce is it? Will you need display fridges? Or a freezer?
This becomes more complex if you work with local artisans whose goods may need to be refrigerated, or if you have a space limitation in your farm shop. If you are considering a farm shop fit out, the best thing you can do is contact the experts at the head office of Every Cooling Solution. We have decades of experience providing bespoke cooling solutions to a huge range of clients, and can work with you to create a farm shop refrigeration solution that’s perfect for you.
What can ECS Do for My Farm Shop?
At ECS, we pride ourselves on providing refrigeration and cooling solutions to suit any client needs. We take every aspect of your farm shop into account when designing your cold storage solution, including the products you sell, the space available and the retail needs of the shop – with display cabinets that keep your produce fresh while still advertising it to your customers, and farm cold rooms that are custom-made to suit the space available.
Contact Us Today for Your Farm Shop Fit Out!
If you would like more information on what Every Cooling Solution can do for your farm shop, or you would like to discuss your requirements with our expert designers and engineers, you can get in touch with us by calling our head office on 01527 834661 or using the contact form at the bottom of this page – we’ll be happy to answer any questions you may have and can organise a site visit, a quotation or an installation for you.
We look forward to hearing from you!