We have been growing Asparagus from our farm in Southminster, Essex for over 25 years
Us Thorogood's love asparagus! having grown the stuff on our farm at Southminster for over 25 years, you could class us as asparagus geeks, in fact my wife does call me that quite often!
The Thorogood family has been farming at New Moor for over 50 years, originally we grew vegetables to supply the London fresh produce markets but as the UK market for fresh produce changed we moved away from veg and moved to more conventional arable farming, wheat barley and such like .... however in the late 80's my grandfather (Geoff) thought it would be a good idea to try and grow something different and that's when my father (Pip) and grandfather planted our first asparagus bed.
Since then our business has steadily grown to what it is now, supplying restaurants, farm shops and deli's throughout Essex and London. Each weekend during the season we travel up to London to the farmers markets at Pimlico, South Kensington and Alexandra Palace. Throughout the season we pick the asparagus beds daily and our shop in the pack house is open seven days a week, so come down and get your asparagus direct from our farm.
We, S Thorogood & Sons (Southminster), have recently received funding for the purchase of a mounted direct drill and seed placement system to improve efficiency, reduce fuel usage, greenhouse gas emissions and to improve soil quality and increase crop yield.
The project was part funded by the European Agricultural Fund for Rural Development.
Come and visit our Asparagus Shop at Southminster, Essex - details are shown below:
Open during Asparagus season which generally runs from the beginning of May until the end of June.
Monday–Saturday 9.00am – 5.00pm
Sunday 9.00 am – 1.00pm
Telephone : 01621 772840
Mobile : 07703 577523 (Mark Thorogood)
New Moor Farm,
Essex. CM0 7DS