Our Farms were established in the late 70’s and have expanded over the years from just 2 glasshouse sites to over 400 acres of land and 9 acres of glasshouses across the Vale of Evesham. For centuries, the Vale of Evesham has been regarded as the fruit and vegetable basket of England and has provided fertile soil that is watered by the River Avon. These conditions allow our farms to grow some of the highest quality, and freshest produce in the uk, whilst conserving the landscape, and cutting down food miles.
Winter is always a wonderful time on our farms, with much of our fresh produce coming to our warehouse in Pershore freshly from our fields. This month we have seen an influx of many different brassicas including January king Cabbages, kale, purple sprouting broccoli and Cavelo Nero (Black Cabbage). We are particularly pleased with the quality of the January King cabbages this year, but unfortunately their season is short, and they will begin to dwindle out throughout February. Purple Sprouting are hardy plants, the harsh frosts, and forecasts of snow help to create a sweeter and more delectable taste, meaning this year’s crop is delicious! The best of this season will continue coming through our doors until late March.
Candy, Golden and Red matured beetroot is continually harvested on our farmland throughout the year. Mid to late march welcomes the new season baby beetroot. Our baby beetroot is grown indoors to guarantee protection from the elements. Once temperatures are milder and generally frost-free, our baby beetroot are then transported outside to flourish into our mature beetroot.
UK forced rhubarb tends to make an appearance in January through to the end of March, the availability is starting to pick up and is looking good for February. Forced rhubarb is grown in total darkness. This allows the stalks to grow faster, whilst preventing glucose from being used to grow rhubarbs usual large leaves, this means the stalks tend to be sweater. Field grown rhubarb typically shows up in late March to early April and offers a sourer taste.