We visited Naturcrop in Spain on 14th November 2011. Naturcrop grow and supply Broccoli to Lincolnshire Field Products outside of the UK Broccoli Season. The quality of material seen was fantatstic and Lincolnshire Field Products are still utilising this Spanish source.
Our banana expert Jim Ryder visited a number of farms in Belize to see ASDA bananas being grown, harvested and packed. The farmers talk about how to grow and harvest the nations favourite fruit, and also how it is handled and ripened in the UK.
Chris Jones and David Mainon visited Lincolnshire Field Products on Wednesday 30th November.
LFP grow and supply Brassica crops to ASDA, and Brussel sprout crop quality was reviewed in the field and in the packhouse with Emma Woods (LFP Technical Manager). The quality of product was strong and pro-active measures are in place to ensure strong quality is maintained in the run up to Christmas.
In conjunction with Lincolnshire Field Products, Chris visited Kevley’s in Cambridgeshire to review pumpkin quality on Friday 14th October.
The quality of pumpkins was good and they are currently being split graded into sizes and packed into palletainers, to be distributed to ASDA stores. If there are any questions, please let us know.
I love this time of year – Halloween (then Bonfire Night) really makes you feel like a kid again. But for our pumpkin farmers it must be a bit different.
Imagine you grow carving pumpkins for a living and spend 50 weeks of the year building up to this one event! What if you get to October and all your crop is a funny shape, or they don’t turn orange in time!
However, on Mark’s farm in Kent all was going well a couple of weeks ago when we visited. There were a few green ones, but fear not……… he has a plan.