A Pocklington farm shop that started life as a ‘farmers’ shop’ in December 1997 is belatedly celebrating its 21st birthday with a food and drink tasting event.

Founders of The Mile – Pocklington (formerly The Mile-Farm Shop and Feed Shed), Colin and Jo Barnes, are inviting people to join them for a Taste of Yorkshire event on Saturday, January 26th, when selected producers will be on hand to sample their products and to talk about locally sourced food and drink.

Between 2pm and 5pm, a host of producers, including Thixendale’s Yorkshire Rapeseed Oil and The Chilli Jam Man; Pocklington’s Butterflies Chocolates and Hooting Owl Distillery; Wold Top Brewery; Yorkshire Orchards; Bracken Hill Fine Foods and The Yorkshire Dales Cheese Company will be offering visitors a taste of their food and drink.

Jo Barnes spoke about the rationale for the event: “Our 21st birthday fell during the busy run up to Christmas, so we decided to wait until January to host this event. Given that the third Monday of January is historically known as ‘Blue Monday’ due to a combination of post-Christmas blues, cold, dark nights and the arrival of the Christmas credit card bills, we decided that we’d try to beat the blues and give customers something free and tasty to look forward to.

“We pride ourselves on our wide selection of local and artisan food and drink products that people can’t buy in the supermarkets and are delighted to be able to thank our customers by showcasing some of the businesses that have supported us over the years.”

The original farm shop and feed shed was established by Ken and Colin Barnes in 1997 to service the needs of the local farming community. They started out supplying animal feed and food from two huts on the site of a former pig farm.

Over the last 21 years, the business has evolved and now includes a purpose-built farm shop and feed shed; the 27 seater Smile café and children’s play barn; an events space; a two-acre Camping & Caravan Club accredited site and a photo and gift studio.

The Mile-Pocklington is open from 9am to 5pm Monday to Saturday and 9.30 to 12.30 on Sunday. The Smile Café is open 9am to 3pm Monday to Saturday and 9.30 to 12.30 on Sunday.