It all started from a small produce barrow outside the Mounce family home in Lifton – with a” trust the customer” steel money tin! Many people from the area will have sampled the delicious strawberries which have been a feature of Lifton for the past 22 years – now known as ‘Lifton strawberries’. The strawberry field’s produce became a familiar sight on the barrow outside the Mounce family home which became a feature in the heart of the village. To the delight of local people, as well as passers-by, the barrow remained there for the next 5 years and was laden with a range of seasonal produce. The abundance of fresh fruit and vegetables were so popular that the barrow needed to be restocked two and sometimes three times a day!
From this point, the combined success of the farm barrow and the PYO led to the inevitable next step – a farm shop…..but where do you start with what seems like a good idea over a cup of tea? After numerous planning meetings, discussions with the environmental agency, builders and not forgetting the day to day running of the farming business, on 1st June 2002, the doors of Strawberry Fields Farm Shop opened to the public for the first time.
2019 saw a major revamp with a large extension and the addition of a coffee shop dedicated bakery, butchery, deli and dessert counters.
The 200-acre farm is devoted to the shop and it continues to stock the shop and provide ingredients for the restaurant just as it did over 20 years ago.
The next step in our family adventure was the acquisition of the stunning Wooladon Estate in 2017, complete with a beautiful Georgian farmhouse and three adjoining barns, all available for self-catering holidays. We are also busy renovating a fourth property on the estate which should be available for stays from spring 2020.