Our parent company S. Thorogood & Sons have been growing Asparagus from their family farm in Southminster, Essex for over 25 years. The Thorogood’s love asparagus! Having grown the stuff on their farm at Southminster for over 25 years, you could definitely class them as asparagus geeks.
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…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.” Mark Thorogood
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