Based in Aldham, Essex, husband-and-wife team Guy and Emily French have been growing pumpkins and Christmas trees since 2007. After growing pumpkins for the wholesale market, two years ago they opened their fields to the public so that families could come along and pick their own.
What’s so special about what you do? We started growing pumpkins before they became really popular here in the UK, so we have grown with the market – everyone needs a pumpkin to carve at Halloween these days! We love looking to America to see what they grow – each year we try to grow more varieties, which is exciting. Our pumpkin patches are great fun and perfect for the whole family – as well as games, we have included an element of
education so children learn about farming and how pumpkins grow, which we think is hugely important. Tell us your favourite way
to use pumpkins... We use pumpkin in most dishes we eat during the autumn, from soups and casseroles to pies and cakes, but simply roasted pumpkin is a great way to appreciate the natural flavours. That said, the ‘Crown Prince’ pumpkin is fantastic for adding to curries as it pairs so well with Asian spices.
What do you like about being based in Essex? We were both fortunate enough to grow up on farms and love the outdoor lifestyle. We are very happy that our children will get to enjoy the countryside as their playing fields, too. Foxes Farm Produce, 07720 888053, foxesfarmproduce.co.uk.