After many years of breeding pigs and producing free range pork and lamb, they decided to step back from commercial farming due to disagreeing with the principles. Instead, they began small scale production of their free-range pork and lamb, and extended into poultry, producing both free-range chicken and turkey as well. Their love of Tolkien’s The Lord of the Rings led them to name their meat after characters in the novel, creating Pippins Pork, Legolas Lamb, and Proudfoot Poultry.
After gaining experience at the local farmer’s and artisan markets in Leyburn, Masham, Richmond, Hovingham, and more, business expanded from just meat to working with other local producers. This led to the creation of Farm Gate Farm Shop and Free-Range Butchery in 2018, selling locally produced Organic fruit and veg, bakery, honey, cereals and dairy, and much more.