How we grow babyleaf
We grow a range of 14 leaf types from baby kale to wasabi.
We are passionate about baby leaf and it is a fast moving part of our business. The team is truly specialised and is responsible for most of the innovation and development, from searching the globe for the finest seeds to developing state-of-the-art production equipment.
Our fields in the UK are all in Dorset. Situated just outside the county town of Dorchester, this is a great location to grow our leaves as we are close to the Jurassic Coast breeze. Perhaps it is no coincidence that Dorchester recently topped a national poll for consuming more fruit and veg than elsewhere in the UK!
Without the benefit of watercress’ naturally warm spring water the baby leaf season is restricted to the warmer months. The baby leaf team in the UK start sowing in February and harvest right the way through from late Spring to the Autumn. All our crops are grown naturally outside in fields, without the use of unsightly poly tunnels.
Our development team chooses varieties according to their shape, texture, flavour and colour. The crops we produce are spinach, chards, lettuce, and brassicas which (including our Chinese leaves) together with other minor products such as red veined rocket, shiso or tender pea shoots.
All our leaves are either harvested and packed on site for national distribution to restaurants and hotels or shipped to businesses that wash and prepare for most of the major retailers.
If you have a requirement to buy some leaf that you are washing for resale or just want to directly tap into our fields for ex-farm supplies please contact us directly.