Our Story

In the beginning...

We are a small family-run farm spanning across generations in a little village called Hillam in North Yorkshire.

Started up by Marlene and Ian (Bert) Thompson with a cart at the side of the road and an honesty box, they sold locally sourced seasonal vegetables in aid of the village defibrillator fund. The barrows are still here to this day.

In November 2014 Charlotte and Jason extended into the old potato store with a shop with lots to offer besides lovely fruit and veg. We are passionate about supplying fresh, local produce with over 86% smoked, baked, grown or made here in Yorkshire including a large gluten, dairy, egg free selection.... Our friendly team will be happy to show you the marmalade, chutney, ice cream, award winning pickles, smoked salmon, brownie, rapeseed oil, meat and cheese to name just a few delicious local products.  We’re still trying to find a local grower to supply lemons and bananas! In 2015 Bert's Barrow won the Yorkshires Finest Taste Award for Best Fresh Produce with our  mixed £15 fruit, veg and salad box, and in 2016 we were honoured to receive the Best Independent Retailer accolade, with an astonishing 100% rating across the board from our secret shopper! 2018 was a fantastic year for us, winning a number of awards including Best Independent Retailer, Rural Employee of the Year in the Northern Region and Local Food Hero for all the incredible work Charlotte does promoting Local Food and Drink!

And keep an eye out for the next generation! They can be found on the yard looking after the animals, helping with crops and generally having a wonderful time!

Happy customers!

Amazing quality, fantastic price.

Best fruit and veg I’ve had. Will never go elsewhere — thanks Bert’s Barrow.

Natasha K

Not only did everything look lovely, but I had to beat my children to the gorgeous tomatoes so we could have save some for our supper. Everything we ate so far was very tasty indeed!

Ulrike P

Great value, great quality and great service — just what we’ve been waiting for in Hillam — kudos to Charlotte and Jason!

David C

Drove past by chance, ended up calling in, came away with a lovely mixed veg box. Can’t wait to use it all, looks delicious. Will be back soon for more...

Andrew M

The best fruit, veg and eggs around.... The gear is that good I have 2 boxes of fruit delivered on a Monday for my staff and a £15 salad box on a Friday along with a dozen free range eggs.

Mike D

Delicious produce wonderful for my children! Recommend to everyone! Cheaper than extortionate supermarkets and they will never be able to deliver the mouthwatering taste of fresh products!

Shirley F