Chegworth Valley is a family owned and run fruit farm situated in the heart of the Kent countryside, not far from the village of Harrietsham. Established by the Deme family in 1983, the farm had originally been a dairy farm as part of the Leeds Castle Estate.
An initial planting of around 15 acres of apples and pears was planted in the mid 1980’s with soft fruit such as raspberries and strawberries following during the early 1990’s. To begin with this was supplied to major supermarkets and wholesalers, whose focus was on perfectly sized & shaped fruit, rather than the taste and quality. It soon became clear that this was not the way in which the family wanted to work and so the change to supplying direct to the customer and to independent shops and retailers began!
Through speaking with customers, it soon became clear that not only were people concerned that their fruit should taste as good as possible, but they also wanted to know that it was free from chemicals. Produce on the home farm has been grown naturally without chemical sprays or pesticides since approximately the year 2000.
By working with nature and growing plants that are strong & healthy with a natural resistance to pests & diseases, in turn produces fruit & vegetables which are full of flavour, with the added benefit of being free from chemicals.
The use of chemicals is shunned in favour of traditional farming methods. Over 300 acres are farmed by the family, consisting of delicious, vibrant and naturally grown fruit, vegetables and now our beautiful red amaranth infusion.
Each sip of our English red amaranth bestows on the drinker not only the purity of Chegworth Valley Farm, but also the love and attention which has gone into each petal, from seed to cup!