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 About McCarthys Fruit & Veg Box
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In 1938 Harold T McCarthy started McCarthy’s by selling strawberries he had grown himself by the side of the road. Harold and his wife Dene had 4 children. Kenneth was the youngest and the only child to leave school and help with the business.
During the 1940’s and 50’s we sold the produce which had been grown on the fields behind the shop. This was all seasonal produce like lettuce, tomatoes, cucumbers, strawberries, raspberries, and apples in the summer months and winter vegetables.
During the 1960’s foreign produce was being imported so our range could be expanded. We could now have salad during the winter months from Spain. Apples, oranges, bananas, grapes and many other products were now available all year round. Our home grown produce was still our best sellers.
Florist
During the 1970’s the shop was really starting to expand. Ken and his wife Crystal had now taken over the business and were working 7 days a week expanding the shop even more. They had 3 children Tracy, Robert and Joanne who kept them very busy. We had introduced flowers now which was a great success.
In the 1980’s the shop was at its busiest. Our home grown produce was great for the customers. We spent many evenings out in the fields planting potatoes, cabbages, cauliflowers, pumpkins, marrows and many more. It was hard work living on a farm, but a lot of fun as well!
New shop
In the 1990’s both Harold and Ken passed away and the shop was now run by Crystal and Tracy. It was still a very busy time for us. All the seasonal products which are pesticide and insecticide free were now grown by local farmers so we could spend more time in the shop. We started local deliveries of flowers and fruit and vegetables.
In 2010 our biggest change was building the new shop. It was sad to see the old shop demolished but we all have lots of great memories. The shop has been a great success and we are very proud of all our staff. We know many of our customers and we are all like one big happy family.
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Which brings us comfortably to today, the next natural step was to make all of our delicious product available online via our new website thefruitandvegbox.co.uk. Thank you for visiting and we hope that our site captures just a little of our knowledge, our passion and our love of fruit and veg and offers you a healthy alternative, from a local supplier.
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