The Paddock itself is our family's 6 acre smallholding which we have owned since 2002, based on the beautiful Northumberland/Gateshead border. This has provided the starting point for our small, family run business which I started in 2013, age 23, after travelling New Zealand for two years and learning a great deal about sustainable living though volunteering on eco farms and projects with conservation at the heart of what they do. I was so impressed with what I learned while away, that I came home with the idea of turning our smallholding into more than just a way of life, but also a job I could feel proud and passionate about.
The Paddock was eastablished by Laura Jayne Burlison in 2013 with the aim to bring local, fresh, seasonal, homegrown, homemade and organically sourced (wherever possible) food to the doors of local people throughout Gateshead, Newcastle, County Durham and Northumberland through a delivery service! On 6th April 2016, we opened the doors of our Farm Shop in High Spen, in the same building my granda used for our family business from 1983, a building steeped in history. The Paddock Farm Shop stocks a fantastic range of organic and local produce which can also be pre-ordered for collection via our Click & Collect Service! We are a small, independent, family run business, passionate about what we do.
We've come a long way now from the early days when we started with a small flock of chickens, selling farm gate eggs, potatoes, broad beans and courgettes! A selection of set price, fresh, seasonal, organically grown fruit and vegetable boxes are available ranging in price & size as well as a good range of individually priced organic fruit and vegetables, giving you the flexibility to create your own box. No commitment is needed, with one off, weekly and fortnightly options available. Set price & bespoke hamper options are available year round.
At The Paddock Smallholding, we aim to produce what we can on a very small scale using a no dig, organic approach to growing but what we can't, we source locally and organically from trusted, local suppliers. All our fruit and veg is grown free from chemicals and is fully traceable back to the producer! We work closely with a family run farm in North Yorkshire as well as local, community farms and independent growers from across the UK to supplement the veg boxes to provide a year round, seasonal delivery service. Our imported veg does not travel by air freight. We operate an open and honest policy when it comes to the produce we sell, how and where it has been produced and the packaging it comes in, as we believe everyone should know where their food comes from and exactly what has gone into producing it. We strongly believe in a co-operative way of producing food and working together, facilitating local growing through good relationships. Our food is free from palm oil, additives and preservatives and we aim to source compostable packaging wherever possible on produce which must be wrapped.
Fresh free range eggs are also available, some are laid fresh by Laura's Layers, the wonderfully entertaining chickens at The Paddock & we supplement this supply with eggs from local, small-scale, free range chicken keepers we know and trust, people who regard animal welfare as a top priority! Some of our egg supply is certified organic, and all are laid within Northumberland.
At The Paddock, we have formed some excellent partnerships with local producers throughout Northumberland and further afield who have kindly agreed to share their wonderfully tasty produce with The Paddock; which has created a network of fantastic local producers, all under one roof.
Pop into our Farm Shop in High Spen to see our extensive range. Choose from our wide range of organic, vegan and gluten free products, as well as an ever growing selection of eco friendly household and natural bodycare, with a refill system now available to help you minimise your single use plastics at home.
The ethos of The Paddock centres around a celebration of local, seasonal food produced in an ethical, sustainable and environmentally friendly manner.
In keeping with our environmentally friendly ethos, we operate a zero waste policy, even our raised beds are made from recycled timber. Any veg which is left over from our box scheme or farm shop is donated to community projects or used to make soup for the shop or curries for our take-away nights, fed to our animals or composted at The Paddock and put back onto the land to fertilise it. We pride ourselves on being an ethical, sustainable business and as such, we recycle all of our packaging including the boxes your veg is delivered in and our egg boxes. Our food has not travelled high air miles and this really shows in the freshness and taste, as well as being more environmentally friendly! We take donations of boxes for our veg box scheme and reuse all of the packaging we can, including the brown paper veg bags. We don't buy in plastic, but simply reuse anything that is sent to us. It's important to us that we consider our carbon footprint in everything we do!
At The Paddock Farm Shop, we offer a bottle deposit scheme on our organic milk in glass bottles! We aim to encourage a reduced amount of packaging, especially plastics. We offer a range of eco friendly household cleaning products and natural body care with a refill option, and a plastic free pantry for refilling your organic dried goods. The veg you receive will be as it comes, we don't believe in food waste for cosmetic standards! We firmly believe that eco friendly shouldn't cost the earth, and as such we strive very hard to maintain affordable everyday prices on all of our products!
We work closely with community projects and charity is very important to us. Since being supported by The Prince's Trust in the early stages of setting up The Paddock, Laura volunteered as a Young Ambassador for the charity for 18 months, encouraging other young people to follow their dreams and plans to train as a business mentor. We are also involved in organising local, community based events to help make our local community a lovely place to live and work.
Ethics are one of our core principles, and as such we employ members of our local community to help us pack and deliver the veg boxes and run the shop. We aim to pay a fair wage in line with the real living wage, and we have a really lovely team at The Paddock.
The team at The Paddock is made up of me (Laura), my partner Mike, my mam Denise, dad Bob & brother James along with local community members. Meet the team here. In 2019, Mike left his full time job as a civil engineer to run The Paddock with Laura. Laura & Mike have lived in the Hexham area since 2014, whilst the rest of the family still live in High Spen, where our shop is based and where Laura grew up, 5 minutes from The Paddock Smallholding. Laura & Mike met in 2013 when Laura was just starting The Paddock and together they are both passionate about the environment, being outside in nature and good quality food.
Our produce is priced fairly to ensure that at every stage of the process, from growing, to packing to delivering, everyone is paid a fair price for what they do. This includes as least 50% of the retail price of every box going back to the grower.
Our boxes are extremely important, please return them, even if you only order once! Without the boxes, we cannot pack and deliver your veg and it becomes very costly to replace them. Rather than purchase boxes for our box scheme, we aim to recycle and reuse anything which comes into us.
The Paddock hopes to enable you to enjoy the great taste of fresh, home-grown, free range and organically sourced produce delivered direct to your door. Food that tastes the way it should - the way it used to! For full info on our delivery areas, minimum spend and possible delivery charges, please visit the FAQS section of the website. Unfortunately we can't offer delivery on our additional products alone and we do ask that they be bought alongside a fruit/veg box to a minimum value of £12.50.
We are very lucky to have been supported by The Prince's Trust Explore Enterprise Programme and the Regional Growth Fund and to have been nominated for and won various awards.
Please have a look around our website where you will find answers to your questions or feel free to contact us if you cannot find what you are looking for!
Visit our Farm Shop at 7-9 Ramsay Street, High Spen, Tyne and Wear, NE39 2EL. We offer collection for pre-orders from the Farm Shop or just pop in and see what we have on offer! Please visit The Farm Shop page for full info!
Alternatively you may wish to collect from one of our drop off points - full info can be found in the FAQs section of our website.
Thanks for stopping by! We look forward to seeing you soon.
Peace & Love, Laura, Mike & all of the team at The Paddock
THIS IS ME (THE ONE WITH THE SUNGLASSES ON!)
How can I contact The Paddock?
Please do not hesitate to contact us should you have any questions. You can contact Laura or Mike on the following:
By phone: 0746 290 9238
Or via the contact page.
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