A popular Fife farm shop and seasonal attraction has reached the final stages of a national awards scheme.

Muddy Boots Farm Shop and Café, at Balmalcolm, has been shortlisted for two categories in the prestigious annual competition run by FARMA.

FARMA, the home of the National Farmers’ and Retail Markets Association, has selected Muddy Boots as one of only two Scottish finalists in the Farm Retailer of the Year category.

The other contender from north of the Border is Craigie’s Farm Deli and Café at South Queensferry.

Muddy Boots is the sole Scottish finalist in the category for Best On-Farm/Seasonal Attraction.

The business is run by the local Samson family, who started with a roadside business selling soft fruit, and now run a thriving operation.

They supply their own freshly grown seasonal fruit, vegetables, and eggs, and sell a wide range of other items from high quality food businesses based in Fife and beyond.

The café, with its roaring central fire, provides a range of tasty fare, much of it cooked with the farm’s own produce and items found on the shop’s shelves.

The farm has proved to be a real draw for families, with a range of activities, the chance to see poultry and animals at close quarters, and even extremely child friendly toilets.

FARMA represents farmers, growers, producers and farmers’ market organisers throughout the UK.

It is the only organisation in the UK dedicated to supporting the local direct sales sector and driving local foods.

Awards entrants were allowed to enter in up to three categories. All of them were “mystery shopped” as part of the judging process, and the winners will be announced at the Awards Dinner at the FARM & MORE event, on Tuesday 31 January 2012 at the Edinburgh International Centre.

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