We sold our first pick your own (pyo) strawberries in the long hot summer of 1976. Customers weighed and paid in the back of a horse box.
Over the years, crops were added, the horse box upgraded to a polythene bubble, then a small wooden shed.
In 1991 farming had entered another depression, the village had just lost it’s village shop, so we decided to open a farm shop on the pyo site.
With the field likely to get muddy in the winter we set the shop up in a mobile home close to the site entrance.
Progress was slow and for a number of years we alternated between the mobile home in winter and the wooden shed in the summer. Eventually we were established enough to remain put in the wooden shed all year and the mobile home was scrapped.
Planning permission proved very elusive, we were turned down frequently and even lost an appeal, despite this we continued to gently expand the wooden shed.
Finally in 2003 we won planning permission to convert a barn at the bottom of the drive into a farm shop.
On 30th April 2004, the Mayor of Rugby officially opened the new shop. The shop was well received and a success from the moment it opened it’s doors.
By October 2007 we had added a butchers counter and coffee shop. Both of which were run as an integral part of the business.
The shop prospered and continued to expand the range of produce sold. A deli counter was added and then upgraded. In January 2013, The Revel
Bakery moved into the farm shop.
All was going well the pick your own had expanded and was now even growing pumpkins.
Then on Sunday, June 26th 2016 somebody broke in and set fire to the shop.