The Hollies Farm Shop is a treasure trove of fresh fruit, vegetables, salad, and plants, situated on the Kenilworth Road as you leave Balsall Common after you’ve headed out past the George in the Tree and Edwins garage.
The new manager, Charlie Barber, took redundancy from his office job and wanted to do something different. He knew that Les had retired from running the Farm Shop there and decided to give it a go.
Eight months on the shop, and its range of products, is growing all the time, selling a wide range of seasonal fruit, vegetables, and plants and flowers. Although Les has retired he is still on hand for advice and guidance.
As Charlie explains the produce is local and fresh, but not too expensive:
“We bring in produce directly from local farmers and produce sourced locally through the bustling wholesale market in Birmingham. This means that our stock is always fresh and available at great discounted prices.
“Organic seasonal produce from local farmers is delivered directly to the shop and is often harvested as required.”
Charlie is always happy to expand his range, to stock products on request, and take bulk orders. He has also just started offering home delivery.
One regular customer told us why she always shops there: “I can buy in bulk, buy fresh products, and it is convenient, I can also choose exactly how much of each thing I buy. I don’t like all the wrapping and packaging from supermarkets and you don’t get that here. There is always something different and seasonal.”