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About Us - Free Range, Home Produced Quality Meat & Poultry in Bedfordshire


We have a one-way system in operation in the shop. We request only one person from your household come in the shop at the moment, as there is only room for 3 customers in at once.

Please maintain 2 metres social distancing

We have perspex screens in place to protect you and our staff, and hand sanitisers at each door.

Please enter the shop up the path to the side and through the barn at the back, and exit through the front door!

Our Farm Shop is open 7 days a week, but on Bank Holidays we are Closed.

If you are within a 10 mile radius and are self-isolating so would like a delivery, with a minimum spend of £40, please call Anna 01767 627644 or 07834 412569 or email
Or you can 'Click & Collect' please call when you arrive so we can bring your order out to your vehicle.

We take orders for Courier delivery, the courier charge is £15. Produce is sent out in insulated boxes with ice packs, the goods will be ok for up to 48 hours. We dispatch by courier on a Wednesday for Thursday delivery.

Franklins farm shop was opened at Trumpetons Farm, Thorncote Green in October 2003. It was born from the ever increasing requests from local people who were concerned about where their food comes from and the conditions the live animals are kept in. Many consumers are today increasingly discerning and many wish to buy direct from the producer to maximise quality and flavour.

Franklins of Thorncote started out life as a free range egg producer in 1987, supplying local shops and restaurants and doing a village egg round to supply many residents of Ickwell, Northill, Hatch and Thorncote Green with their weekly eggs.

The demand and production of Christmas Turkeys and Geese was also ever increasing year on year, and the business has adapted to meet the demand.

In 2001 the farmers markets started appearing around the County, Franklins started out at Leighton Buzzard and Ampthill and these were quickly joined by Bedford and St Neots, then also Letchworth, Huntingdon, Woburn, Olney, Shefford and Biggleswade were added to the calendar.

As well as the Easter market and Christmas, there was a growing demand for fresh free range chickens and ducks all year round. Due to the increasing popularity of the local farmers markets it was decided to also open the shop as a regular weekly base for people to come direct to the source for their meat and eggs, so they can see for themselves how Franklins’poultry are reared.

Franklins Farm Shop now sells free range chickens, ducks, eggs, rabbit, Home Produced Beef, Lamb & Pork, and much more. From Michaelmas to Christmas, free range Geese, Bronze Turkeys and White Turkeys are available. Locally shot venison, pheasant, partridge and Hare are available in season.

Visiting a farmers market or Farm Shop is also an enjoyable day out, and most customers are looking for a unique experience that they do not receive from other outlets. We provide a welcoming atmosphere and a personal service

We are open:

Mon to Thurs 9am - 5.30pm
Friday 9am - 6pm
Saturday 9am - 4pm
Sunday 10am - 3pm

We attend the following monthly Farmers markets:

Hatfield, Leighton Buzzard, Letchworth, Olney, St Neots, Shefford, Woburn & Wolverton

Franklins of Thorncote has been producing free range poultry since 1987, the business has grown from producing a few geese and turkeys at Christmas, to the year round production of free range chicken, free range duck, free range lamb, free range beef and free range Gloucester Old Spot pork as well as free range eggs and many other products for sale in the shop and at the markets.

Free range poultry and free range meat can be purchased all year round. Our free range Geese and free range Turkey's are only available at Christmas and the Game is only available during the gaming season.

At Christmas why not try our special 3 bird roast? The 3 bird roast is very popular and consists of a boned goose, stuffed with our free range chicken and pheasant breasts as well as a gluten-free apricot sausagemeat.

We sell a huge range of sausages. From our very own recipe "Thorncote Banger" and when in season mixed game and also Turkey and Goose sausages. Our gluten free sausage is very popular with people on a wheat free diet. Our Farmhouse Sausage won 'Bedfordshire Best Sausage' in 2013, and the British Sausage Week Silver Award in 2014.

You can order our produce online or you can contact us:

Telephone - 01767 627644
Email -

PLEASE NOTE: Courier orders are usually despatched on Wednesday for next day delivery. Please order at least 24 hours ahead of despatch/market day. If in doubt please call us first.

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