Leading rural honour for Store

Owners of The Store, Foveran, Andrew and Debbie Booth, with their Scottish Countryside Alliance Award.
Owners of The Store, Foveran, Andrew and Debbie Booth, with their Scottish Countryside Alliance Award.

An Aberdeenshire farm store and coffee shop has received a prestigious award at this year’s Countryside Alliance Awards.

The Store at Foveran was awarded Highly Commended in the Scottish Countryside Alliance Local Food Award at a Holyrood reception earlier this month.

It was one of three finalists for the award at the ceremony known as “The Rural Oscars”.

The family-run farm and farm shop is managed by husband and wife team Andrew and Debbie Booth.

The successful business, which is in its 11th year, has its own on-site butchery, kitchens, coffee shop and farm and is recognised for its passion for local produce and creativity.

Situated near the A90 Aberdeen to Ellon road, The Store is driven to deliver high-quality, local, natural produce to the customer that fits in with their lifestyle.

All of the meat products sold at the premises come from produce reared on the family farms, and they also strive to source small, artisan local suppliers to give their customers a wide choice of produce.

Managing director and farmer, Andrew Booth, said: “We are delighted to come home with the Highly Commended award.

“It was a great honour to be nominated and to reach the finals and to have the support of many local MSPs which gave us the opportunity to reiterate the importance of buying local produce.”

The Countryside Alliance Awards, which started in 2005 as the Best Rural Retailer competition, aim to protect and promote life in the countryside and to help it thrive. The awards are a celebration of rural life, produce and communities.

They are aimed at supporting and promoting rural communities and to acknowledge the efforts of thousands of unsung heroes who routinely go above and beyond the call of duty for their communities.

The Countryside Alliance had long felt the “doom and gloom” tales of rural decline about dwindling services, a collapsing farming sector and the death of village life did not accurately reflect the spirit of rural people and their desire to protect the landscapes, heritage and communities for future generations.

Organisers say the feelgood factor generated by the awards competition is immense.