Free face-painting and a bouncy castle will be among attractions as Croots Farm Shop in Wirksworth Road, near Duffield, celebrates its third birthday on Saturday. (June 18, 2011)

The family fun day will include the raffling of a food hamper in aid of children’s charity Treats and a barbecue selling delicious sausages and burgers from Croots’ prize-winning butchers’ counter.

Treats was set up 25 years ago to help under-privileged children in Derbyshire. It is one of Croots’ chosen charities for 2011. On Wednesday (June 15, 2011) staff took part in a 50-mile relay walk up and down the farm shop’s drive to raise money for Treats.

It is hoped that the two events will help to net hundreds of pounds for the good cause.

“In the three years since we opened we have expanded and now have an award-winning butchery, deli and café as well as a children’s play area and our recently opened plant nursery,” said owner Steve Croot.

“It’s great to be able to give something back and we’re inviting our loyal customers who have supported us since June 2008 to come along and join in the fun, and at the same time help us to raise money for Treats.”

Money is being collected in the shop and donations can be made online by visiting

Croots, which is based at Farnah House Farm, opened its doors three years ago – just as the recession started. But it has gone from strength to strength and attracts customers from a wide area.

Its sausages and meat products have won numerous awards. Last year it was a runner-up in the Best UK Independent Food Retailer 2010 category of the Observer Food Monthly Awards. The year before, it was named in The Independent’s top 50 best food shops.

The family fun day kicks off at 10am on Saturday June 18th.

Croots Farm Shop & Kitchen is open Sundays from 10am to 4pm (café until 3.45pm), and from Tuesday to Saturday from 9am to 5pm (café until 4.30pm). It is closed on Mondays.

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