The Pitney Farm Cafe

grow. farm. cook.

 

Situated next to the veg crops of Glebe Farm, The Pitney Farm Cafe is part of a team of growers, farmers and cooking experts, all passionate about developing sustainable connections towards food. We prepare an inspired selection of seasonal menus with creative recipes, incorporating the finest Glebe Farm produce all year round. Whilst enjoying one of our Somerset roasted coffees and freshly baked cake, you can watch the farm at work around you. Afterwards, why not drop in at the farm shop opposite, to buy your own local, organic ingredients?

 
 
 
 

farmers, growers and cooks

meet the team

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lily

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Lily teamed up with Rob and Lizzie to open The Pitney Farm Cafe in 2017. She is deeply passionate about food, farming and community and believes that food is at the centre of our universe. Lily pledges that bettering our relationship to food is the answer to many of today’s difficulties.

She is a self-taught wonder in the Kitchen, using Glebe Farm’s produce to design seasonal menus, bake fresh bread, cakes and handmade sausage rolls. 

Lily’s moto is ‘question everything’ and she is mad about eating bread.

Rob & Lizzie

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Rob and Lizzie returned to Glebe Farm in 1987, to become the 4th Walrond generation to take care of the farm. Rob grew up here on the Farm, and Lizzie also hails from Somerset, both of them are strongly connected to the Pitney community. In 2001 they completed a conversion to organic farming, in response to their commitment to working in harmony with nature. Their abundant harvest led to a partnership with Lily to open the Pitney Farm Cafe.

Lizzie loves to drink a Pitney Farm Cafe Latte, and Rob’s favourite thing from the menu is our handmade sausage rolls.

Anna

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Anna has been the Chief Grower at Glebe Farm since February 2018. She trained in sustainable horticulture at Schumacher College in Dartington and brings a wide knowledge of organic food growing expertise to the farm. She is particularly interested in learning  about growing in a mixed farm environment and gaining experience with the Walronds’. Anna is responsible for providing The Pitney Farm Cafe with our delicious, seasonal and loving grown veggies.

Anna can be found drinking coffee in the cafe on most days and her favourite cake is Lily's Lemon Polenta Sponge. 

organic and free range

glebe farm

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Glebe Farm

Glebe Farm has been farmed by the Walrond family for over 200 years, with three generations involved on the farm today. Rob, Lizzie and the team have been farming organically since 1999. they are licensed growers and processors with the Soil Association, working with 90 acres of mixed livestock and arable land.  As a small farm they are able to take greater care in what they produce and how they produce it. 

 

"We are proud to farm organically, working in harmony with nature to ensure that we bring you the tastiest and healthiest produce we can in the most sustainable way possible." Glebe Farm

 
 

The farm runs a small outdoor herd of Saddleback sows, a flock of Mule ewes which run with Dorset Down rams, native breeds of beef cattle and free-range laying hens. they use local breeds as they are more suited to this part of the world and their meat has great flavour. during the year they grown around 70 varieties of organic vegetables.

open farm policy

Take a stroll around the farm. You're invited anytime to explore our poly tunnels and market garden, or on special occasions you can collect eggs, feed the pigs and attend the lambing days. Farm tours are also available. 

 
 
 

our very own

Farm shop

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the farm shop

[ open monday - saturday 9am-5.30pm ]

[ telephone: 01458 253002 ]

With such a rich offering of produce grown at Glebe Farm, it's only natural that the Farm Shop is packed with plenty of good quality local and organic food. The vast majority of products sold here originate from Somerset, and many of them are from our very own crops and livestock. Our vegetables are sold in season, our animals are treated with care and respect and slaughtered locally and our eggs are free range. Watch out not to trip over the chickens when you're strolling around the farm!

We do sell organic produce that cannot be grown in Britain, such as kiwis and lemons. These are imported from Italy and Spain. 

 
 
 

"We are committed to sourcing locally, reducing food miles and supporting local crafts people and the local economy. Come by foot, bike or on horseback and you’ll receive a 5% discount!" Pitney Farm Shop

 
 
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we couldn't have done it without you

our story

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and then there was a cafe...

One late summer’s day in 2017, The Pitney Farm Cafe opened its doors to the people of Pitney and passers by. After many months of planning and collaborating we celebrated the opening of a place to gather as a community and eat delicious cake.

The cafe is the product of a partnership between Rob & Lizzie and Lily, who are the driving forces of this lovely spot in the heart of the farm. Just as the produce we serve here is prepared in a sustainable and planet earth friendly way, so is the design and construction of our Cafe. Red Kite Design and Build LTD are a Somerset based company specialising in ecological building, using natural materials. With their help, the Cafe evolved from Watson, Lily’s humble kitchen trailer, into our cosy, homely building complete with a wood burner and a gorgeous view of the farm.

From the start, this project has been about much more than just serving coffee and tea. A passion for connecting people and food has inspired Lily and the Walrond’s to create a truly authentic experience, but they couldn’t have done it alone. The opening of the cafe would not have been possible without funding support from their Crowd Fund campaign in November 2016. The start of the project also received funding support from Unltd in March 2017, LEADER in May 2017.

 

“We are so grateful to everyone who contributed! Here’s to our local community!”

 

Crowdfunding video (2017) Thank you!