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Our Story.

We are a proud Yorkshire farm shop and café who help over 430 local farmers and producers to bring you the best quality tastiest food for you to enjoy at Fodder, at home or sent as a gift.

Fodder is open seven days a week, with free wifi, free parking, a beautiful view and a warm Yorkshire welcome.


Fodder was established in 2001 to help and support the local farming community. We sell locally sourced food and drink in our award-winning farm shop and café and online from our home in Harrogate. We’ve searched our beautiful county to source the very best farmers and producers and we are beyond proud to work with more than 430 Yorkshire farmers and producers. An amazing 85% of what we sell and serve comes from Yorkshire.

Growing the farming community

We want to inspire you to eat well so we’ve made local food accessible and affordable to our customers while helping the local farming community to grow and prosper. Not only do we support farmers directly by buying from them, every penny we make goes to support the work of the charity – the Yorkshire Agricultural Society.

Experience and enjoy

Championing Yorkshire food and drink, our team of staff are dedicated to ensuring customers enjoy their food experience with us. Our café showcases our wide range of locally sourced food and we are passionate about eating food in season – when it is at its best and nutritious.

We look forward to welcoming you into the Fodder family.


Supporting our community

Fodder is one of the commercial activities of the Yorkshire Agricultural Society.

The profits from Fodder go directly to the Society, a registered charity, and help contribute to the funding of the Society’s charitable work. The charitable work of the Yorkshire Agricultural Society provides help to children, teachers and people in the rural community, through education, development and support.

Food that cannot be sold or used in the café is donated to local food charities included Harrogate Homeless Project and Resurrected Bites.

We have regular collections from these charities who use our waste food to divert good quality produce from going to landfill. These charities convert it into meals for cafes, meals at homeless shelters and provide it to families through community grocery scheme.

Current Vacancies

Fodder on the Hoof Assistant

Hours:   24 hours (3 out of 7 days – no evenings)

Do you enjoy providing customers with high quality cooked food and drinks, all served with great service? Would you like to both prepare and serve food in a catering unit whilst also having the support and encouragement of a bigger onsite team?

We’re a busy, friendly team operating out of a converted Airstream at Fodder in Harrogate and need an enthusiastic assistant to serve our very loyal customers with local, tasty, quality cooked food, drinks and specials.

This is an exciting and varied role: ideal for an individual who enjoys engaging with our lovely customers (and their dogs!) and can adapt the menu to the weather conditions.

Fodder represents the spirit of Yorkshire and that shines through in everything we do, from the quality, local produce to the staff who greet every guest with a smile.

Download a full job description here

To apply send your CV and covering letter to


Staff Benefits

You will be working in our specially designed sustainable building as part of a first-class team where there’s no split shifts or evening work, and a good rate of pay.

We also offer the below benefits to all our staff:

  • 3% employee and 6% employer contribution to pension scheme
  • 34 days holiday – incl. Bank Holidays
  • Staff discount
  • Subsidised private healthcare scheme
  • Life assurance of x4 annual salary after 12 weeks service
  • Free parking
  • Uniform provided


Our building truly embraces the environment, with 22 sustainable features within it – including loo doors made from recycled bottles to the living sedum roof that provides fantastic insulation plus a wonderful habitat for insects, while filtering the rainwater so it can be recycled too. We encourage customers to bring their own containers to fill with  products from the butchery and deli.


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