A region with rich farmland, diversity with more Michelin star restaurants than any other county in the UK. It is this special county where Annabel was born and started Annabel’s Deliciously British.
Sturton Grange is nestled in the countryside to the east of Leeds. A family run farm, in the heart of Yorkshire. It is here we grow Malling Centenary, Elsanta and Triumph varieties to ensure we can guarantee quality and the continuity of supply for our customers throughout the season. The strawberry plants are planted in stages starting in the winter months, this enables fruit to be harvested from spring to autumn.
Producing Our Strawberries
Most strawberry plants are produced from runners not seeds and we are no different. We have contract plant propagators who grow for us directly. We visit our new plants on a regular basis to ensure the plant health and quality are not compromised and to stay abreast of any newly developed varieties that we could grow.
We grow our strawberries under poly tunnels and on hydroponic tables which reduces soil damage, the need for crop rotation and enables us to give the plants the best possible growing conditions.
Picking and Packing Berries
Once the berries have turned red in colour, have a high sugar content (brix) and are the correct size we harvest them and ensure they are returned to the packhouse within 40 minutes of being picked. They are stored for a maximum of 24 hours at 2°C to keep their quality at its best. Our berries are then inspected, weighed and lidded in the farm packhouse before being loaded onto refrigerated lorries to take our berries to our customers. Our aim is field to fork within 24hrs or less.