We’ve been talking to Nigel Lihou, who, together with Mike Luce, runs Marr Green Farm Shop in Burbage. Nigel and Mike took over the shop earlier this year and now run a butchery counter alongside the shop area.
Anyone who knows Nigel will be aware of how involved he is in the local community – always helping out at events, supporting local good causes and looking after the Scout Group in Pewsey – as well as running the Christmas Day Lunch for the communities in the Vale of Pewsey. Surprisingly, Nigel isn’t a born and bred Pewsey man. He was born in Germany as his father was in the army, and then moved to Guernsey. At 24 he joined the army and ended up in Tidworth and 30 years ago, he travelled over the hill from Tidworth to Pewsey and met his wife-to-be, Sandy. And the rest is, as they say, history.
Although Nigel was in the Army for many years, including serving in Northern Ireland for 5 years, prior to joining up he had trained and worked as a butcher. So, when he was made redundant in 2008 and the Pewsey Vale Butchers shop in Pewsey came up for sale, he jumped at the chance to take it on. He and Mike moved location from Pewsey to Marr Green Farm Shop in Burbage earlier this year.
Nigel is passionate about stocking locally sourced products whenever it is possible to do so. For example, local pork products from Sandridge Farm, beef from Marr Green (when available) and Royal Wootton Bassett, pork from Devizes. The more you look, the more you realise how much in the shop is local – free range eggs from Milton Lilbourne, fresh bread from Marshall’s Bakery in Pewsey, golden honey from Littleworth, perfectly formed meringues from Salisbury – the list goes on.
There is an extensive range of ‘free-from’ products too – lots of gluten-free and egg-free items (including mayonnaise) and even palm oil free products such as Thursday’s Cottage peanut butter. Their own hand-made sausages and their dry cured bacon are very low fat.
Marr Green Farm Shop is an important resource for the surrounding villages. Anyone who hasn’t ventured in yet because they think it will be too expensive should just try it. The meat is very competitively priced, as are the every day essentials such as bread, eggs and milk. And if there is something that you would like Nigel and Mike to stock, then just ask.
And of course Christmas is coming! Marr Green will have the free-range, bronze Turkeys from Market Lavington, as well as Gressingham Geese, cheeses and hams – everything you might need over the festive season.
Order forms are in the shop or just call Nigel on 07900 952 152.
In addition to a range of chocolates, they also stock Cartwright & Butler biscuits in exquisite tins, as well as old-fashioned sweets in pretty jars – making ideal gifts or stocking fillers.
You can also order food and drink hampers and select exactly what you would like inside them - they will be made up ready for you to collect.
So it’s been a busy year at Marr Green Farm Shop and already Nigel is looking forward to 2019 when one of things he plans to do is to have more plants outside the shop. Roll on 2019!