A SOUTH Oxfordshire farm has been selected as one of the finalists for this year's Best Shop in an awards. 

Blue Tin Produce is an award-winning shop at the centre of a small family farm in Ipston, near Wallingford, which also has a smokehouse and a rustic outdoor coffee bar.

Nearly 20 years ago, husband and wife Jed Jackson and Emma Darke started selling their free-range pork out of a shed, as demand grew, so did the shop.

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Now, they are not only selling their own free-range pork and 100 per cent grass fed Dexter beef, but they also showcase produce from the surrounding Chiltern Hills, including handmade chocolates, pate, locally smoked salmon, local beer, cheese, and gin among many other goods.

As they are a small local shop in a remote area, Mrs Darke said they are completely amazed for being recognised by the BBC for its Food and Farming Awards, which will be held next week (on November 24) for its 20th year. 

She said: “The whole thing is quite staggering, gobsmacking and sort of otherworldly.”

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Mrs Darke praised the community for their support, especially after they realised people had gone the extra mile regarding their nomination.

The South Oxfordshire farm shop is one of three finalists, with Falmouth Food Co-op an Food Circle York being the other two.

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