HILLERS Farm Shop of Dunnington near Alcester is celebrating after being crowned Local Food Winner for the Midlands in the Countryside Alliance Awards.
These awards are the ones rural businesses are desperate to win, giving a voice and a platform to the best of Britain’s produce, enterprise, heritage and communities. Nominated by the public, the Awards recognise and honour those who routinely go the extra mile for their community.
The regional finalists were announced in December 2016 and on Tuesday they were named Joint Regional Champions 2016 for Local Food Category. The grand final is to take place at the House of Lords in London on March 22.
Jill Grieve, leader of the local judging panel, said: “This family-run enterprise gets better and better. We have honoured Hillers before in these awards, but since then they have extended their shop, cheese counter and butchery, installed a fish counter and café.
“Their commitment to food and farming, as well as their reputation as top local employers, makes the multi-strand farm shop a worthy winner.”
Hillers is a family business now run by Sally Haines and Emma Taylor, the great granddaughters of the founder, and their ambition is simple: they want their children to grow up as they did – outside on the farm, hands on in the shops helping their parents and learning all the time.
“We are absolutely delighted to be a regional winner,” said Sally. “This year’s category of Local Food means a lot to us as we continue to support local farmers and producers.”