The Wilkin family have been growing a number of different fruits at their Tiptree farm since the 1800s. Andrey Ivanov the Farm Manger met up with Ken Crowther in one of the polytunnels to talk about their method for growing a successful crop of raspberries for their preserves and gin liquer.
Over the past 20 years things have changed dramatically in the production of English sparkling and still wines. Lisa Greenwood and her husband moved to Shoreham in Kent , where they have approximately 10 acres of vines which were mainly planted in 2004. She told Ken Crowther about the amount of work involved in running the business.
Workers have started processing the first of thousands of turkeys at a brand new million pound processing plant at Great Baddow in Essex which replaces a building destroyed by fire. Tim Gillett was shown around the giant processing plant by Kelly’s Turkeys’ founder Derek Kelly.
One of Ken Crowther’s favourites tipple is gin and tonic. But, have you wondered where the juniper berries that make your gin come from? Recent stories in the papers have suggested the British juniper is under threat as farming habits have changed over the last 50s years. Ken finds out more.
Salad producer Angflaw from Frating near Colchester in Essex has become the first in the UK to produce Lamb’s Lettuce and has also just started producing miniature kale leaves. Managing director Dave Edwards spoke to Peter Holmes and told him how the production of Lamb’s lettuce had taken off.