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Northampton farm makes coronavirus pledge for vulnerable and elderly

A community-minded Northampton farm is embarking upon a new delivery service for those who are housebound during the coronavirus self-isolation period.

Smith Farm Shop, based at Chapel Brampton and Billing, has teamed up with local butcher Saul’s of Spratton to ensure those who need supplies across the county can still receive them.

Both Billing and Brampton shops, as well as Saul’s of Spratton will remain open and have put measures in place to ensure the stores are as clean and hygienic as possible for those who are still out and about.

Being just outside of the main town centre means Smiths remains crowd free and should they become inundated with people, staff are prepared to limit customer numbers on a temporary basis to ensure no one feels overwhelmed during their shopping.

Proprietor of the farm shop, Adrian Smith said: “A lot of our customers are older and have expressed concern about shopping from us once they are self-isolating, so we’ve decided to offer a delivery service.

"This initially started for the vulnerable and elderly, but we’re happy to deliver to anyone who would like to take advantage of this assistance over this concerning health period.

“We’re a very community-minded business and we want to ensure our customers are well looked after and are still eating fresh, seasonal produce.

“We can’t compete with the big supermarkets and list all our products individually online, but talking to our customers we’ve realised all they want is reassurance that they can still purchase the basics from an ethical and reliable source.

“Unlike supermarket delivery staff, we know a lot of our customers personally, so those who live alone and order from us can also expect to see a friendly face when they deliver.” Orders can be placed online via Sauls.

The Smith family have been in business since 1958. Proud of their heritage, the company supports like-minded local food producers, providing them with an outlet to sell their homegrown products.

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