Since I’ve been doing the farmers’ markets in my hometown of Birmingham, I have been privileged to have met many wonderful people who care about what they sell, grow their own produce, know where their ingredients are from, cook with love and look after each other. Two of my favourite people I have got to know through the markets are Penny from Old Sandlin Fruits and Billy of Augernik Fruit farm. I have not yet visited Penny and Old Sandlin Fruits, but yesterday I went on my second visit to the utterly delightful Augernik Fruit Farm to get some rhubarb but also to take Liz from Kings Norton Farmers’ market to visit the farm. She is one of the organisers and is so committed to the market and her stall holders that she too wanted to know where the food at her markets come from and how it grows! Also with us was Theresa Haddon who is commited to encouraging more people think about sustainable living and promoting good food to the masses. She helps out Billy on his Birmingham farmers market stalls.
We were treated to a cup of tea and sandwiches in the house that Billy and his father (Billy Senior) built – the house is ‘off the grid’, they recycle everything including their sewerage water. For most of the year the electricity they use is generated from their solar panels and wind turbine. Billy lives with his Mum (Claire) his Dad (Billy), wife (Liz) and son (Billy Junior) their 2 dogs and 6 cats!
Billy and his family are so lovely & this is reflected in their fruit farm where they grow organically. They are a member of the Wholesome Food Association association.
Billy and his family grow stacks and stacks of wonderful fruit: rhubarb, apples, plums, pears, cherries, raspberries, tayberries, blackberries, almonds, walnuts, cobnuts and much much more. My trip yesterday was to pick up some rhubarb
Can’t wait to visit again when the blossom is gone and stacks of delicious fruit is growing and to learn more about growing fruit and getting loads and loads of different fruits.
Finally, Billy and Augernik Fruit Farm will make their triumphant return to the Birmingham Farmers’ market circuit and May’s Moseley farmers’ on 25th May, then Kings Heath on 1st June and Kings Norton on 8th June.
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