The Iconic Staveley Store has new owners in Kate and David Acland from Mt Somers Station and they have given the store a bit of a makeover.
During the opening of the new store last Tuesday, locals and visitors were invited to taste some of the wonderful products now available in store. Cheese, preserves, bread, smoked salmon, and venison from the Acland family farm, freshly cooked on the BBQ by David.
The store has been extended into one of the back rooms to accommodate the new farm shop and the front moved around so there is much more space and easier access to all the goodies. However, they have kept its original look, including the dip in the floor made by one of the early owners Mr Burgess who came back from service during WW1 with a wooden leg.
The café has always had a great reputation for offering great lunches, coffee and icecream, no changes there, especially with the introduction of Jen Dearborn’s delicious venison pies to the already famous Staveley sausage rolls.
Along with the general groceries, local art, crafts and beautiful products from Blue Earth Soaps still available, Kate and David have introduced Canterbury sourced products to complement those made from their own farm and vineyard. Venison, Lamb and Hogget, Ham and Bacon, homemade preserves, Talbot cheeses, Akaroa smoked salmon and although the Pinot Gris is from the vineyard in Blenheim, it is made by Kate’s own company, Orchard Lane.
Kate said, “We want to tell the ‘good’ story about farming, we are proud of the way we farm, our farming history and of our products.”
The Acland’s have been farming in Canterbury since David’s Great Grandfather arrived here in 1856 and a really nice touch is that you can read the history of their family in the store. From the locals you will hear some really interesting stories from the area, especially if you go on a Tuesday morning which is traditionally when everyone gets together for a coffee and a catch up.
Kate commented, “Although the store enjoys a great deal of custom from passing tourists and those visitors who return each year on their holidays, we would not have considered buying the store and opening the farm store if it hadn’t already had such great support from the local community.”
Kate seems to be someone who doesn’t shy away from new challenges, she works the family farm, as well as her own business in Blenheim and has now opened the Station Farm Store, she said, “I get bored easily and love a new challenge. This store isn’t quite finished yet, there are still more products to come and I hope all our visitors enjoy it as much as our locals have.”
The Station Farm Store is open 7 days a week from 9am to 4.30pm. For more information please call 03 303 0859.
Julie Clements | Snowfed