Fairfields Farm is based in Wormingford, a small village just outside Colchester, and is run by husband and wife team, Laura and Robert Strathern. The couple grow around 12 different varieties of potatoes, including those which lend themselves best to crisping, across 60 acres of fields.
As the third generation of a local potato farming family, Robert and Laura decided to take the business one step further, and in 2006 they created a purpose-built crisp production factory at the farm.
A local flavour
The couple’s ambition was to bring together the best quality local potatoes and some of the tastiest local ingredients to create a range of completely natural home-cooked crisps.
Today Fairfield Farm Crisps are renowned for genuinely keeping their flavours local. The produce used to flavour the farm-grown potatoes is all sourced from neighbouring independent businesses including Essex’s Wicks Manor bacon, Suffolk Farmhouse Cheeses and Aspall Cyder from Debenham.
“The Sourced Locally team at the East of England Co-op have always been very receptive to talking about any new ideas and what to do to improve things. They have helped us to develop new product lines, particularly in fresh potatoes and pack sizes, and this has helped us to create new jobs. Today we have a team of 26 full time staff, with a seasonal uplift to 35 when we are harvesting."
To find out more: www.fairfieldsfarmcrisps.co.uk
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