One of the UK’s best rural visitor attractions, Cairnie Fruit Farm near Cupar, is in the running for another major national award.
The business is one of just three selected throughout the country to contest the Best Farm Destination category in the FARMA 2013 Farm Retail Awards.
It is up against Broom House Farm, from Durham, and Doddington Hall and Gardens in Lincolnshire.
Cairnie Fruit Farm, with its hugely popular farm shop and café, is a long established family business operated by John and Cameron Laird, and is a popular local landmark.
In 2007 it was awarded four stars by Visit Scotland, more recently it won a prestigious Scottish Countryside Alliance award for Best Rural Enterprise 2011.
Each year the farm grows the famous Cairnie Mega Maze, which is sown in maize and grows to a height in excess of eight feet as it provides a fascinating puzzle for thousands of visitors.
This year the maze follows the theme of the 2012 London Olympics, and is in the shape of an athlete running with an Olympic torch.
The artistically designed labyrinth of pathways and blind alleys extends to over 6 acres, and is harvested in October and fed to the cattle.
The farm also has a Funyard, which is packed with activities including the go-cart track, the giant straw bale climbing fortress, trampolines, a massive sand box, swings, and slides.
FARMA is a co-operative of farmers, producers selling on a local scale, and farmers’ markets organisers
It works throughout the UK and is the largest organisation of its type in the world, representing direct sales to customers through farm shops, Pick-Your-Own, farmers’ markets, home delivery, on-farm catering, and farm entertainment.
FARMA inspects farm shops and farmers’ markets to ensure that they are ‘the real thing’. Its 2013 awards have attracted the greatest ever number of entries in each category.
For more on FARMA visit http://www.farma.org.uk