Take a moment and recharge at Willow Grange Farm shop

An enterprising farmer from Methley and his partner who set up a makeshift stall outside the gate selling free range eggs, last November have turned in into a thriving business over lockdown.

Thursday, 29th April 2021, 1:02 pm
Josh Wright and Luke Andrew in front of the recently-built stall. (photo David Pickersgill)

Hundreds of people queue up in the farmyard of Willow Grove Farm each weekend to buy homemade cakes, pork pies , sausage rolls and filled croissants from 29-year-olds Josh Wright and Luke Andrew.

Josh took over running the farm from his grandfather Edward and can’t believe how quickly things have taken off.

“We started with a tiny stall which we upgraded to a bell tent and then a small marquee, he said.”

“It was incredible. Within a matter of weeks we realised we had to get something more permanent so we got an old container and converted it ourselves into a farm shop which is now open each weekend from 10am-4pm.

“We make everything ourselves including the pork pies from our own pork - around 300 each week - and they sell out within a matter of hours.”

Luke, who admits he taught himself to bake watching Youtube videos said: “ The reaction has been really wonderful and the comments we’ve had have all been so positive.

“During lockdown we appreciate that we are fortunate in being able to enjoy the peace and tranquillity of the countryside and that this wasn’t the case for others who were stuck indoors.

“Mental health is a subject close to our hearts and we know people have been suffering more so over the past 12 months.

“And so, we’ve set up a seating area with blankets and tea and coffee with an ‘honesty box’ system so people can just sit down and enjoy the view and recharge their batteries whenever they’re passing.”

“When we’re open at weekends customers can buy produce including ‘graze boxes’ and afternoon tea and sit and have a picnic on the farm.”