We have developed relationships with local farmers to source fresh, organic and seasonal vegetables. By having these close connections they share with us the best of their crop, and in return we support them with reliable business at a fair price for them.
Patrick Brockman and his family have been growing vegetables on his farm in Canterbury since the 1950s. He farms using the biodynamic method which means using only organic material and planting and harvesting according to an astrological calendar.
Together with Perry Court farm (the family's first farm) they offer a fantastic range of potatoes, brassicas, carrots, beetroot and salad leaves. After installing a polytunnel on his farm he has been able to expand into other produce such as chillies, aubergines and peppers.
The farm is run by Martin and Sarah Mackey. Their Home Farm is a small organic, horticultural farm of 14 acres situated in the Stour Valley at Crundale, Kent between Ashford and Canterbury. The fields slope up to the bottom slopes of the North Downs, giving us light, chalky soil. This free draining soil, blessed by the warmer climate of the Southeast, produces vegetables of great taste and quality. As well as the Home Farm, they also rent a Victorian Walled Garden at Olantigh near Wye and fields covering 100 acres below Wye Crown including a neglected 'Spartan' orchard. Ripple Farm has been certified Organic since 1989 and holds an Organic Symbol from the Soil Association. Ripple Farm website >>
Sarah Green's Organics is situated in Tillingham on the east Essex coast, 50 miles east of London. Sarah Green is the third generation of her family farming in Tillingham, where they grow a wide selection of seasonal organic vegetables throughout the year.
Sarah regularly walks through the organic vegetable fields and at the end of each week sends out a wholesale list to her customers of the organic vegetables that will be available for the forthcoming week.
Langridge Organic Products has its roots in the early 80’s at Langridge Farm amidst the rolling hills in the heart of Devon, providing a perfect environment to produce organic food.
The soil has been enriched by a sound ecosystem, comprising of a long rotation of crops and fertility-building leys. The food from this system is renowned for its superb flavour. Langridge now has growers throughout the UK, Europe and the rest of the world all working to the original uncompromising standard practised by Bernard Govier, our founder and mentor.
Adrian Izzard (pictured) grows a wide range of organic salad leaves (which won the Soil Association Organic Awards in 2014) and Asian greens such as pak choi, tatsoi, mustard leaves and coriander in his unheated glasshouses at Great Abingdon, Cambridgeshire. He likes to grow unusual produce.
Adrian grew up on his family farm and when his parents retired he took it on and converted it to organic – this was a bold move back in the late nineties when horticulture was generally deemed as no longer viable, partly due to the fact that horticultural farming does not receive any government subsidy and supermarkets don't pay enough for the produce.
As part of our philosophy, we work with small, local farmers to source and provide organic, seasonal veg to our customers, minimising carbon impact and doing our bit for the planet.
Grahame is a bit of a pioneer when it comes to growing organically, having been growing and supplying his produce since 1982. His love affair with organic veg started in a modest greenhouse near Norfolk, but the business was heavily affected by the recession in the 1990s and ultimately donated to a company part of East Anglian Organic Growers Cooperation until this ceased trading in 2008.
Fortunately for us, Hughes Organics was re-started on a smaller scale a few years later so that we can all enjoy its fantastic, organic produce.