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Family preparing to open Hog and Hen farm shop near Stonham Aspal next month

PUBLISHED: 17:28 23 February 2018 | UPDATED: 17:28 23 February 2018

Hog and Hen partners (from left to right) Luke and Anna Salisbury with children Hollie and Eddie. Rachael and Mark Howson, Naomi and Nathan Wiffen

Hog and Hen partners (from left to right) Luke and Anna Salisbury with children Hollie and Eddie. Rachael and Mark Howson, Naomi and Nathan Wiffen

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A family is working hard in preparation for the opening a farm shop in mid-Suffolk next month.

The Hog and Hen farm shop, at Mill Green Farm near Stonham Aspal on the Debenham Road, is a joint venture between husband and wife, Nathan and Naomi Wiffen, her parents, Mark and Rachael Howson, and cousin Anna Salisbury and her husband Luke.

The farm has sold some produce from a small hut at the roadside location for a few years, so the decision was made to expand operations and open a shop.

According to Nathan, the store will initially sell free range eggs, chickens, fresh vegetables and other local Suffolk produce, and gradually increase its stock over time. There are plans to create a cafe on site in the future.

“We are in a good location and there is a lot of passing traffic,” said Nathan, who left his job in banking to join the family farming business four years ago.

“There is a greater interest in local produce - people want to know where their food has come from and want to reduce food miles - so we feel this is a good time to open the shop.”

The opening is planned for Friday March 23rd.

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