Celebrating 40 years of FRA

We're celebrating 40 years of FRA!

And we'd love for you to join us...


Go behind the scenes at Essington Farm Shop, followed by the option to join us for a celebratory evening dinner.


2019 marks the 40th anniversary of the Farm Retail Association

To mark the occasion, we will be hosting a couple of events in and around the town where it all began! 

The FSPA (Farm Shop and PYO Association) began its life on October 11, 1979 at the Farmpick Conference in Birmingham. We're heading back to Birmingham on Tuesday 12th November 2019 for an afternoon and evening of knowledge sharing, behind the scenes insights and the chance to reminisce with friends new and old.

Open afternoon at Essington Farm Shop

2.00pm - 4.00pm

Tuesday 12th November 2019

Essington Farm Shop, WV11 2AZ

The Simkin family of Essington Farm Shop will be hosting a behind the scenes peek at their operation. 

With a successful Butchery and Deli which opened 12 years ago, Essington have created an outlet for their own free-range pork and Hereford beef, as well as lamb from neighbouring farmers.

The on site restaurant opened almost 30 years ago, where their own produce is cooked in a country kitchen restaurant. The kitchen cooks daily for the shop providing traditional home baking as fresh as possible.

Meanwhile, the farm shop remains committed to supporting local suppliers and producers.

To book your FREE place, please contact Jenny Rose on 01423 546214 or e-mail [email protected]


40th anniversary celebratory dinner

7pm onwards (overnight rooms available at preferential rate)

Tuesday 12th November 2019

Birmingham's Macdonald Burlington Hotel, B2 4JQ

We invite members past and present to join us to celebrate 40 years of supporting one another in this often challenging industry, with a celebratory 3-course dinner. Join us for an evening of fine dining, reminiscing and forward thinking.

Limited places available - find out more and book your place