Hello, we are Hexhamshire Organics, we are a husband and wife team
In January 2011 we (Bob and Ann) bought a lovely house – built in 1792 – in Hexhamshire, Northumberland. However, with the house of our dreams, we got six acres. The question was – what do we do with six acres?
The answer came to us very quickly. My lifetime ambition has always been to be a Market Gardener. Here was the perfect opportunity to fulfil that lifetime ambition. The first part of our plan was for my wife Ann to sell her Delicatessen that she had run for 20 years – so that was one full-time member of staff we had.
The next step was to start the process to get organic status through the Soil Association – it was always our aim to be Organic – who would want fruit and vegetables that have been sprayed with chemicals and pesticides! We gained organic status in 2013 and have been organically certified since then.
The second member of staff, myself, became full time when after 37 years in the Technology industry I retired from Accenture in July 2016. We have four fields in total:
- One field where we grow our fruit and vegetables and have our four polytunnels;
- One field where we have an eighty tree fruit orchard and our two propagation greenhouses;
- Two fields where we keep our Tamworth pedigree pigs.
As well as the pigs we have 40 chickens, four ducks and two colonies of bees. We have a wonderful life, we “live the dream” and our aim is grow and sell lovely “organic” fruit and vegetables.
Frequently Asked Questions
- Where are your fruit and vegetables grown?
We aim to grow, on our six acre smallholding, the majority of what we sell, however, if we need to buy in additional produce we will always buy in from a certified organic producer. An example of when we buy in additional produce is when a customer asks for produce we cannot grow, eg. Oranges, Kiwi.
- Is everything you grow organic?
Yes, we are totally committed to organically grown produce. So 100% of everything we grow is certified organic.
- Where do you deliver and when?
We deliver to the Newcastle area, Tynemouth/Whitley Bay and South East Northumberland (eg. Ashington, Pegswood, Morpeth) on a Thursday. We deliver to the Tyne Valley on a Friday.
- Can I have my fruit and veg boxes delivered to work?
Yes, this is a popular request and we deliver a number of boxes to people’s place of work.
- How do I choose which fruit and veg I get?
The boxes on the website are made up by ourselves and we aim to fill them with seasonal produce. After you receive your first box you will be put onto our mailing list and every Wednesday morning we will email everyone and send them a list of what fruit and vegetables are available that week. People can then chose between a box made up by ourselves or a bespoke box.
- Is there a discount for my first box? Our aim is to produce top quality produce and then sell our fruit and vegetable boxes at very competitive prices, our prices compare favourably with both regional and national vegetable box deliveries. Therefore we do not offer any price incentives to get people to buy their first box.
- Do I need to buy a box every week?
No, there is no weekly commitment to buy a box. Our customers decide when they want to purchase a vegetable box.
- Is there a minimum order?
The minimum order price is £9.00.
- How much does delivery cost?
There is no delivery charge.
- What if I am not at home when the delivery is made?
We will leave the box in a safe place.