The Hare family linked strongly with Cross Lanes Organic Farm have won ‘Family Run Farm of the Year’ in the Northern Farmer Awards. This award was endorsed by the Yorkshire Agricultural Society. The awards presentation was held at the Pavilions’ in Harrogate on Thursday 19th March.

Simon Hare, farming with his father John, have converted Trees House Farm & Dent House Farm at Brignall near Barnard Castle to full organic status.  Simon wanted to supply traditional Beef Shorthorn and rare breed pigs to the neighbouring multi- award winning Cross Lanes Organic Farm Shop, which has been named as one of the UK’s Top 10 Destination Farm Shops by the BBC Good Food magazine. The two families and businesses work closely together to achieve their shared ambitions.

Debs Hare said “We were so pleased to bring the “Family” award home for everyone. There is a lot behind this award; years of hard work building businesses up by parents; the next generation working alongside and passionately moving things forward; two families linked by marriage working together and the team at Cross Lanes now part of that family all working together”.

This category of the awards was to recognise families who are the heart of Northern farming. The judges were looking for a family unit through generations; those that have developed a sustainable business; securing the family’s place in Northern farming for years to come; keeping with family traditions, but who have also created new ways of farming allowing them to compete in a changing environment; and those who credit team work as a unit as pivotal to success.

Simon Hare said “It really is a family team effort with everyone doing their bit to make it work.  My parents, John & Judy Hare, have worked hard over the years building up a successful farming business, and my grandfather before that.  I pushed to convert to organic farming with the main aim of working alongside Cross Lanes Organic Farm Shop which is owned by my wife’s parents, Peter & Sue Coverdale.  We are all passionate about what we do with the farm and farm shop heavily linked together. My wife, Stevie is a chef and runs the kitchen at Cross Lanes and my sister Debs, is the manager at Cross Lanes.  When you create new ways of farming you always have a little doubt if it’s the right thing to do but receiving awards like this just give you a boost and makes all of our hard work worthwhile.”

John & Simon Hare were also finalists in the 'Green Farmer of the Year' and 'Outstanding Achievement of the Year' categories of the Northern Farmer awards, so a great well done all around.

Situated on the A66, close to Barnard Castle and Scotch Corner, Cross Lanes has an organic cafe restaurant serving quality homemade rustic dishes with a strong focus on organic, fresh, local and seasonal ingredients.  Other features include a traditional wood fired pizza oven, fresh bread made daily along with cakes and biscuits. The restaurant has a glazed atrium with beautiful views over the countryside of Teesdale. The building itself hosts many green features, for example, a living roof  with wild flower meadow and sedum grazing for rare breed sheep. Cross Lanes is also a place to shop, there is an in- house butchers, stocking meat; a deli with a great selection of cheeses, olives, antipasti and own home cooked meats.  Fresh fruit and vegetables, organic frozen ready meals, kitchen cupboard ingredients, health food and gluten free products, an extensive range of organic wines, drinks and local beers, ethical cleaning and skincare products and unique local craft and artwork.  Along with a large carpark and an outside children’s play area means that Cross Lanes is a wonderful place to visit for regular shopping or for a special excursion.