Reconditioned oven from Tom Chandley helps ethical business expand organic range of baked goods

The Organic Farm Shop of Abbey Home Farm in Cirencester, Gloucestershire, has invested in a 3-2-8 deck oven from Tom Chandley Ovens. The reconditioned oven is equipped with steam, digital controls and prover and was accompanied by a 60kg spiral mixer and slicer from Tom Chandley Ovens, the leading supplier of commercial bakery equipment in the UK.

Abbey Home Farm, managed by Will and Hilary Chester-Master, was converted from conventional to organic production in 1991. Since then, the farm has gone on to win numerous awards, recognising their organic produce. As well as supplying a multitude of products produced on the farm such as fruit, vegetables and cheese, The Organic Farm Shop recently decided to branch out into producing their own baked-goods too.

Prior to the Tom Chandley deck oven, the cooks in the Organic Farm Shop kitchen were using a commercial gas oven and were stocking bought-in bread. After many recommendations from other bakers, Tom Chandley seemed like the obvious choice for the Organic Farm Shop when making the step to invest in equipment to start baking produce on-site.

The Tom Chandley bakery equipment is now being used to create a selection of savoury and sweet baked goods including; free-form sourdough, white, malt house, honey-oat and olive bread, tarts and cakes for the café and to take home, cheese rolls and scones. All the produce is 100% organic, and some items such as the tray-bake tarts are made solely from ingredients produced on the farm. Zero-miles food is something the farm is particularly passionate about and strives towards.

Hilary comments on the performance of the oven so far “From the start, the staff at Tom Chandley has been very supportive and knowledgeable. This is the first time we have used a professional oven to bake our own bread. The quality of the bake is really impressive – the new oven enables us to achieve a consistent bake time after time.”

Martin Dyson, Sales Director at Tom Chandley explains “Over the past few years, we have noticed a gap in the market to cater for smaller bakers.  Reconditioned ovens provide a wide range of choice for artisan bakers and kitchens such as The Organic Farm Shop. The reconditioned ovens are fully stripped and rebuilt to include new insulation, new seals and a six-month parts and labour warranty, giving these bakers the opportunity to have a commercial oven and increase production levels with an internationally-recognised oven manufacturer.”