Producers - Sand Hutton Asparagus
Sand Hutton Asparagus is a business created out of arable farmer’s wife Ronda Morritt’s wish to combine her role as a mother with a farming enterprise that played to her strengths as a businesswoman with retail experience.
Since learning that the soil at Low Moor Farm was perfect for growing asparagus and planting the first acre in 1997, Sand Hutton Asparagus has gone from selling a few bundles from the farm gate to which there was an overwhelmingly positive reaction to a significant player with a growing customer base.
Now, asparagus is grown on 16 acres, employing 25 staff at harvest time from late April to midsummer’s day. Picked every day when the spears are optimally sized, the crop is graded and packed for despatch the same day. While you can still buy asparagus at the farm gate, most of the product is delivered to local retailers and restaurants as well as made available through a wholesaler.
One of the first chefs to swear by Sand Hutton Asparagus was Andrew Pern, chef-patron of The Star Inn at Harome where, every spring, customers eagerly await the arrival of the first of the season’s asparagus.
Yorkshire Food Finder’s Sue Nelson – The Flat Cap Cook – is also an enthusiast for Sand Hutton Asparagus, driving-by on a near daily basis to collect supplies direct from the farm right through to the end of the season. With such wonderful asparagus produced locally, it galls Sue to find smaller bundles of imported asparagus at a higher price per kilo on supermarket shelves during the eight-week Yorkshire asparagus season.
Richard and Ronda Morritt’s Low Moor Farm is also growing some of Yorkshire’s best strawberries and raspberries, again available at the farm gate in season.