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Riverford Farm, Devon

Visit an organic farm

Riverford Farm, Devon

For over 50 years, the Watson family have farmed at Riverford Farm. They now grow organic vegetables and have a herd of 250 organic dairy cows. Discover the farm, learn about organic production and enjoy beautiful views over the surrounding Devon countryside to the dramatic tors of Dartmoor in the distance.

Riverford Organic Vegetables

Around 400 hectares of the farm grows vegetables, including 19 polytunnels growing early-season lettuces and mid-season herbs, tomatoes and cucumbers. They sell vegetables at local shops, the farm shop and through Riverford’s award winning vegetable box scheme. The farm is a hive of activity throughout the week with vegetables coming in, being graded and packed for various customers.

South Devon Organic Producers co-operative

Riverford Organic Vegetables is a founder member of the South Devon Organic Producers co-operative. The 13 member farms, including some of Riverford's closest neighbours, work together to improve efficiency. They share labour, equipment and expertise and have gained an enviable reputation for top quality organic vegetables. Riverford are also the sales agent giving the farmer members the benefit of reasonable prices without the hassle of selling their own produce.

Riverford organic dairy

Milk is mostly sold wholesale through the Organic Milk Suppliers Co-operative ending up in products such as Rocombe Farm organic ice cream and Yeo Valley organic yoghurt. In 1999 the farm set up its own dairy unit to supply milk,yoghurt and cream to the farm shops and through the home delivery box scheme. The milk is pasteurised but not homogenised.

Riverford farm shops

Riverford Farm Shops are now located at Staverton, Kitley (near Plymouth) and Totnes. They have an excellent reputation for selling high quality organic and local produce. In addition to the farm’s organic vegetables, meat and dairy produce, the shop sells delicious organic bread, pastries and pies, made in their own kitchens.

Farm Tours, open days and group visits

The farm welcomes visitors to join their guided tours that are very informal with lots of touching, smelling and tasting - and not too much lecturing! It takes in the vegetable fields, pastures, polytunnels and may also include a tractor and trailer ride to reach the outlying corners of the farm. Group visits can also be arranged for schools, interest groups and other organisations, with the theme of the tour tailor-made to suit the group.

Riverford Field Kitchen

The Field Kitchen opens its doors this year for visitors to sample and savour the vegetables that they have seen growing in the fields during their tour. The Chef, Jane Baxter, brings a wide range of flavours to the dishes from her culinary experience from around the world. Dining is a relaxed and communal affair as visitors share tables - ideal for families with young children and school children.  

Arranging a visit   

The farm trail is open every Saturday from 2nd April to 25th may and everyday from 25th May to the end of October. Three tours a day: 11h00, 14h00, 16h30. Please contact the farm to book: 01803 762074 or via the website.

Farm Tour prices: Farm tours are free of charge for our box customers on Saturdays. Non box customers: adults £4.00, children £3.00

Field Kitchen prices: Lunch (2 course) - adults £12.00, children £6.00. Afternoon tea: adults £4.00, children £3.00. Supper (2 course): adults 12.00, children £6.00. NB: Prices for group bookings on request. Infants under 3 free of charge. Children 3 - 12 years. Adults 13 years +. Booking in advance is essential (even at the last minute!).

How to get there   

From Exeter or Plymouth: Leave the A38 at Buckfastleigh and follow the A384 for Totnes. Take the third road on the left signposted Landscove and Woolston Green (look for the black lorry sign marked ‘Riverford Organics’). Continue along this road for 0.7 miles until you reach the farm entrance on the left signposted Riverford Organic Vegetables. Turn in here and follow signs to the farm visitors car park. From Totnes : Head towards Dartington. At the Dartington Cider Press roundabout turn right, taking the A384 for Exeter. Once over Riverford Bridge continue for 1.2 miles (passing the Riverford Farm Shop sign) and take the second turning on the right, signposted Landscove and Woolston Green. Continue along this road for 0.7 mile until you reach the farm entrance on the left signposted Riverford Organic Vegetables. Turn in here and follow signs to the farm visitors car park.

Car parking for our disabled visitors: Follow the directions as above until you reach the farm entrance. Continue past this entrance up over the hill so you look down on the farm. Take the first road on the left and then left into a narrow lane again shortly after. Continue along here and take the turning on the left just after the bungalow. Drive up towards the farm buildings and turn left into the Field Kitchen.

Nearest railway station : Totnes (5 miles)  
By bike: Find your route on the Sustrans website         

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