Boddington's was established in the 1940s, and is now run by the third generation of the family. Situated on the outskirts of the picturesque, working fishing village of Mevagissey, our farm benefits from a mild climate and fertile soil.
The farm has at times extended to 20 acres and was devoted to strawberries, apart from ½ an acre, which was given over to raspberries. We were proud to be part of a huge and growing industry. Sadly we are no longer able to compete with price in the market for fresh fruit, and have had to reduce our acreage.
Our season begins with glasshouse production in mid-April and extends through until end of July. We have established a continual harvest throughout those months with the use of different varieties and growing systems, including white and black plastic, straw, fleece, low tunnels, Spanish tunnels and glass. By planting into grow bags on table tops in all our indoor areas, we are able to give the plants precisely what they need, in terms of feed and water.
Cornwall has the perfect climate to grow the best strawberries in the world. Fruit ripens gradually, allowing the sugar content to increase as much as possible so we can be sure of maximum flavour and sweetness.
From small beginnings, we went on to harvest over 200 tonnes of fruit each year, and employed over 50 harvest workers through the season. But now, we employ 2-4 pickers and harvest roughly 10 tonnes of fruit each year.
We grow strawberries for the purveyors of local produce, who appreciate the freshness and quality, and are not price driven. We use the grade out strawberries in our preserves.