Oakes Farm Shop Balsall Common - Passionate About Local Foods

The 12 year dream becomes a reality for the Oakes family with the opening of their 525 m² Balsall Common farm shop, reputed to be one of the largest new builds in the UK.
No strangers to farming, the Oakes’ heritage dates back over 90 years.

From the humble beginnings of an ‘honesty box’ placed on the edge of the farm, Gary and his wife Jayne were determined to create an outlet for local producers to promote their wares. This ‘field to fork’ mentality runs through the heart of the new venture and Gary speaks passionately about his quest to sell fresh, local, quality produce.

‘Being a farmer, my aim is to support local rural businesses by giving them an opportunity to promote their produce.’ He went on to say, ‘The lamb we sell is reared on our land, the cheese is provided by Fowlers of Earlswood, and our bread is delivered daily from Andrew Davies’ Bakery in Kenilworth… even our coffee machines have been sourced from a Balsall Common company.’

It is a true ‘family affair’ with Gary, Jayne and 3 of their children all being involved in the project which started in 2013. True to his roots, Gary was determined to support the community and use local tradesmen sourcing the electrician, plumber and carpenter from the nearby area.

The Oakes family recruited a range of staff to help them run the farm shop, deli, and café including butcher and baker, both selected for their traditional skills (as well as their friendly dispositions!) Keen to create an environment for visitors to not only shop in but also relax, Jayne has designed the café to mirror the rustic, organic feel with hues of Farrow and Ball and chunky farmhouse furniture. Purposefully situated at one end of the building, customers can unwind and lap up the stunning views across the rolling countryside. Capable of seating 82 people, the menu is wholesome and freshly made, featuring their local produce and offers great value for money.

Over 70 years of Oakes Farm Shop

Vic Oakes moves to Oakes Farm (which was then called ‘Balsall Street East Farm’
Vic Oakes buys the farm, mixed with dairy herd sheep and arable crops
Vic Oakes decided to give up dairy farming to beef and sheep
After years of helping out on the farm, Gary Oakes begins Free Range egg production
Gary begins selling eggs from a little shed at the top of the farm drive using an honesty box
The free-range egg production expands to 2 units with approximately 17,000 chickens
After knocking down and rebuilding one of the poultry sheds, Oakes Farm Shop opens with Gary’s children jumping on board with the business
On January 2013, we officially opened the doors to the farm shop to the public!
Celebrating a fantastic 10 years since the farm shop opened!