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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.

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