A thriving Selby farm shop that started life with a barrow and an honesty box, is holding its first Meet the Producer Day next month – 16 August.
Bert’s Barrow was launched 15 years ago as a way to raise vital funds for a defibrillator for the village of Hillam, near Selby by villagers Ian (Bert) Thompson and his wife Marlene.
Following Bert’s passing, son, Jason and daughter in law, Charlotte Wells-Thompson, took on the business, built up their vegetable box delivery rounds and extended into a barn to create a farm shop that champions Yorkshire produce.
Talking about the rationale for the Meet the Producer Day, Mrs Wells-Thompson said: “Here at Bert’s Barrow, we are passionate about supplying local produce to local people. We are really excited about our first Meet the Producer day that will be a celebration of all things Yorkshire.
“It’s a chance for local people to meet and talk to our local businesses that make such fabulous food and drink products. From Justin Staal from Staal Smokehouse in Beverley to Guy Poskitt, one of the largest carrot growers in the UK from Kellington, and a hog roast with one of Anna’s Happy Trotters free range pigs from Howden.
“Every £10 spent in the supermarket would be worth approximately £30 to the local economy if people bought from local producers instead of supermarkets, so we’re holding the Meet the Producer Day to encourage people to come and meet the people behind the produce and to understand the work, blood, sweat and tears that goes into supplying the final product.”
In addition to the 30 producers that include Stockbridge Technology Centre, Miss Friday Bakehouse, Holme Farmed Venison, T D Goodall independent dairy and Burtree Puddings, visitors will also be entertained by Selby Young Farmers and there will be a bouncy castle and an observation bee hive.
The Bert’s Barrow Meet the Producer Day takes place at Austfield Farm, Hillam between 12 and 4pm and entrance is free. It will be held under cover in the event of inclement weather.