In the News

Our Countryfile Debut

September 08, 2018

On Sunday 9th September, Peter and Andrew Fairs took to our screens in their debut performance on Countryfile. They were visited by John Craven back in August, who interviewed them both on their alternative crops, from Quinoa and Borage, through to the most recent addition, Chia seeds. 

First UK-grown chia seeds to go on sale this week

August 07, 2018

The popularity of plant-based diets has created huge demand for the oil-rich seeds, prompting a farm in Essex to plant a crop and see what happens...

Three chias for niche markets

April 17, 2018

Now a new company, Fairking Great British Seeds, is trialling and selecting plants not normally grown in the UK with the aim of increasing their provenance and producing food more locally.

East Anglian-grown quinoa takes off as versatile food ingredient

January 08, 2018

A protein-rich ‘superfood’ almost unheard of in the UK until about five years ago is taking off as a British ingredient after being grown successfully in Suffolk and Essex.

October 15, 2017

Fantastic Drone Footage from our 2017 Harvest! 

October 15, 2017

In case you haven't heard, last month Hodmedods became the BBC food and farming award winners for Best Producer. We were delighted to join the team at the ceremony where they were presented with the award by Sheila Dillon and Giorgio Locatelli. 

Breaking News - We've finished harvesting our first ever commerical crop of UK grown Chia Seed. Over a 5 year development process, we have successfully managed to grow the first crop of chia in the UK at a commercial scale. Normally regarded as a southern hemisphere growing plant due to the long day lengths required for the seed to ripen, we have hand selected our variety which will soon be available for the UK food market. We are continuing to develop our variety in the hope of reducing the UK's demand on imported products. 

August 02, 2017

- Our quinoa's been winning prizes! We're proud to be working with Hodmedods who've just picked up a number of Great Taste Awards for their products, including products using our Essex Quinoa! Congratulations Hodmedods! 

- We also supply Quoats who make a delicious porridge with our Quinoa and also a great taste award winners! 

We are delighted to be in partnership with Hodmedod's - Finalists of BBC Food & Farming Awards 2017

May 14, 2017

We have collaborated with Hodmedod's to supply them with pioneering British Quinoa, and now they are BBC food and farming finalists. 

May 03, 2017

Quinoa grown in Britain? Great article from the Food Assembly about our very own Peter Fairs

Meet Peter Fairs

April 30, 2017

Meet the Grower - Great interview with our very own Peter Fairs by the Guardian talking all things Quinoa. Read how he developed a new UK variety and the early adoption back in 1985!

Fairking's driving innovation

April 30, 2017

Family farm steps into superfood generation with tasty quinoa, borage and chia crops - another feature in the Daily Gazette on our work driving innovation of specialist crops into the British commerical market. 

Congratulations Hodmedod's!

April 30, 2017

Hodmedod's have become a finalist in the BBC Food and Farming awards! We're very excited by this news and can't wait to work more with them over the coming months. Watch this space! 

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