FiPL funding was used to turn a redundant farm building at Crosbythwaite Farm, Broughton-in-Furness, into an industrial kitchen. As well as work to the building, key pieces of equipment were purchased including an oven, fridge, sink and shelving. It meant more food could be produced to be sold direct to the public from the farm. And a new market developed, selling to visitor attractions, local shops and service stations in the area.
Gillian's main aim was to be able to bake more produce more easily. She wanted to build up an existing business, established in 2019, based in a trailer, with an honesty box for snacks. They found that demand was outstripping supplies.
The Snack Shed opens daily, weather permitting, from Spring until Autumn. They serve a selection of hot and cold sandwiches, beverages, locally made ice cream and freshly baked home-made cakes. The Cake Cupboard is stocked daily from Spring until Autumn, and is open during some winter weekends too.
“The Crosby Snack Shed & Cake Cupboard is vital to the sustainability of the family farm. I saw potential to grow it and to explore business to business demand for local produce."
To increase the capacity of her bakery business, Gillian converted and upgraded an existing storeroom within a farm building. This involved plastering it out and fitting it with catering grade stainless steel shelving, worktops, kitchen equipment and refrigeration.
This project has opened up exciting opportunities whilst maintaining tradition:
"Funding has brought many benefits. From securing a vital farm income, at a time of great uncertainty over farm payments, to encouraging visitors to dwell and learn a bit about a traditional Lakeland farm. Ultimately, it helps with the health of our local rural community and the future of our fell farm."
“If you’re new to applying for funding, allow plenty of time to complete the application properly. Given the benefits of securing funding, it’s definitely worth it.”