James Foskett Farms Ltd

The Foskett family has been farming at Bromeswell since 1955, when Henry Foskett originally moved to Suffolk as a first-generation farmer. The farming enterprise, which has changed out of all recognition, is now run by his son, James.

James Foskett Farms Ltd is now a major producer of potatoes, onions, hydroponically produced Living Leaves and organic vegetables for the main packers and multiples. The essence of the operation is to produce a product of the right quality and at the right time to suit the customer.

The land base is mostly in the Deben Valley within a twenty mile radius of Woodbridge, making use of the free-draining, light sands and sandy loam soils of East Suffolk. With the help of irrigation we can produce early crops of quality vegetables.

The Farms’ facilities include:

  • 3,300 tons of positively ventilated potato cold storage
  • 3,200 tons of onion cold storage with a joint venture on a further 2,750 tons
  • 300 tons of ambient potato storage
  • Blast chilling facilities
  • Capacity to chit 450 tons of seed potatoes
  • Modern grading facilities
  • 6,000 sq metres of glass for hydroponic lettuce production

Cropping includes:

  • 40,000 heads per week of hydroponically produced Living Leaves in summer and 20,000 per week in winter
  • 350 acres of maincrop onions split 50/50 between reds and browns
  • 900 acres of potatoes split between:
    • 250 acres of certified seed
    • 350 acres of earlies and early salads
    • 125 acres of early bakers
    • 100 acres of early maincrops and specialities
    • 75 acres of second crop scrapers
  • 200 acres of organic potatoes, onions, carrots, green beans, squashes, sweetcorn and fertility building crops
  • 100 acres of cereals
  • 100 acres of sugar beet
  • 50 acres of vining peas
  • 30 acres of carrots
  • 50 acres of cricket bat willows

Awards:

The farm won the Large Farms category of the Suffolk Agricultural Association’s Suffolk Farm Business competition in 2007.

For further information, please visit our website:
www.jamesfoskettfarms.co.uk

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