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6 of the best veg growers in Cheshire

PUBLISHED: 00:00 08 June 2016

There are still plenty of local greengrocers in spite of the dominance of supermarkets

There are still plenty of local greengrocers in spite of the dominance of supermarkets

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A guide to six of the best vegetable growers in the county, by Emma Mayoh

Kenyon Hall Farm, Croft

Tod and Barbara Bulmer planted their first strawberry in 1978. Almost 40 years on Kenyon Hall Farm in Croft, which has been worked by the same family for more than 500 years, is much more than a pick your own place. As well as being one of the last remaining farms to do pick your own summer fruits and vegetables, they sell their own produce or it can be picked to order for freezing or jamming.

They have a café, a large plant centre stocking flowers, herbs, fruit trees and vegetable plants, a picnic and a children’s play area. The farm is also home to Northern Harvest which delivers produce from more than 80 other local producers.

Kenyon Hall Farm, 01925 763646, www.kenyyonhall.co.uk

Abbey Leys Farm, High Legh

This organic family farm, which is Soil Association accredited, produces potatoes and eggs. They grow a range of Cheshire potatoes which are tailored to specific culinary needs and uses. Farmer Tim Harrison is the third generation of his family to take the reins and he converted the farm to organic more than a decade ago.

Abbey Leys Farm, 01925 753465, www.abbeyleys.co.uk

Glebelands City Growers, Sale

When it comes to the crunch, these Sale based growers prove that you don’t need acres of countryside to grow great vegetables. This urban growing scheme produces organic food to be sold in a five mile radius.

It was established with a mission to challenge perceptions about how food is produced and inspire people towards positive change. As well as achieving that, they are growing vegetables for locals at affordable prices.

Glebelands City Growers, contacts@glebelandscitygrowers.co.uk, www.glebelandscitygrowers.co.uk

Claremont Farm, Bebington

The Pimbley family have been growing and selling fruit and vegetables on the Wirral since 1906. They have sold their produce to everyone from locals to chefs in some of Liverpool’s top restaurants.

They also work hard to reconnect children with food by holding Welly Walks as well as opening the fields where families can pick their own. More than 3,000 children visit the site each year.

As well as the fruit and vegetables, there is a new farm shop, a butcher’s counter and café all in a beautiful countryside setting.

Claremont Farm, 0151 334 1133, www.claremontfarm.co.uk

Riverside Organic Farm, Whatcroft

Another of Cheshire’s family-run farms, Riverside has a farm shop and café in Whatcroft. They sell a large range of organic fruit and vegetables, including from a network of farmers and growers. Founded in 1966, the farm supplies a delivery box scheme direct to people’s doors as well as selling to wholesale customers across the country.

Riverside Organic Farm, 01606 46258, www.riversideorganic.co.uk

The Natural Veg Men, Ashton, near Kelsall

Three friends run this popular vegetable growing business. Over the years Sam, Tom and Matt have been dedicated to great food as well as a passion for social change, a concern for the environment and shared concerns on what is happening to our food supply.

Together, they work the land in Kelsall to produce the best fruit and vegetables and is it all done in a sustainable way. They also supply some of Cheshire’s top dining establishments and run a vegetable box scheme. w

The Natural Veg Men, 07809 484568, www.vegmen.co.uk

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