1. Please tell us about your business. How and when did you start your business and is there a story behind it?
George Morrell’s Farm is located in Plumpton near Knaresborough, exactly 4.4 miles from Weetons. The 450 acre arable farm has been in the family since the 1920s and today produces over 10,000 kilos of asparagus during early summer, as well as staple arable crops such as wheat, barley, oil seed rape and beans all year round.
2. What products do you supply to Weetons?
We supply bunches of fresh, local asparagus to Weetons. The season is relatively short, traditionally last week of April to last week of June, but this year we are a couple of weeks late due to the cold weather.
3. What sets your business apart from your competitors?
Our asparagus is grown completely naturally, without the use of polytunnels. The ground is fed in winter with natural fertilisers and then we wait for it to arrive; only picking it when it’s ready. It means that it’s very weather dependent but the quality is always good. We could sell double the amount if we could produce more!
We only use Ariane A-class crowns, some of which have been in the ground for 20 years. It takes 5 years from planting to get a really good crop, although we do start picking after 2 years. In fact we’ve planted 80,000 new crowns in the last 5 years to make sure that we have a continuously good harvest.
4. What is your favourite way to enjoy asparagus?
I’m not sure how many people would agree with me but my favourite way to eat asparagus is for breakfast. Boil them for 2-3 minutes and then dip into soft boiled eggs – delicious!
5. What is your favourite piece of Yorkshire?
My favourite place would have to be the North Yorkshire Moors.
Main contact: Colin, Estate Manager
Address: Plompton High Grange, Plompton, Knaresborough, North Yorkshire HG5 8NA