Boddington's Berries is situated on the outskirts of the picturesque fishing village of Mevagissey. Cornwall has the perfect climate to grow some of 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.
The farm has (at times) extended to 20 acres and was devoted to strawberries, apart from half an acre which was used to grow raspberries. We were proud to be part of a huge and growing industry. From small beginnings, we went on to harvest over 200 tonnes of fruit each year, and employed over 50 harvest workers throughout the season. Since the demand for preserves took over that for fresh fruit, we have reduced our acreage and now focus on supplying fresh fruit daily to local retailers and events.
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 of strawberries and growing systems, including white and black plastic, straw, fleece, low tunnels, Spanish tunnels and glass. All our covered strawberries are now grown in bags on table tops, which makes for more accessible picking, provides better ventilation and easier plant management.
We grow strawberries for the purveyors of local produce, who appreciate the freshness and quality, and use the grade out strawberries in our preserves.