Annabel’s Deliciously British
Annabel’s Deliciously British supply Booths with their fresh British strawberries, from mid-May to mid-September. Joining our Booths supplier family in 2019, their high quality British strawberries proved to be very popular from the beginning.
Their strawberries come to us from their family-run farm based at Sturton Grange, nestled in the heart of the Yorkshire countryside, headed by namesake of the brand, Annabel Makin-Jones. Having grown up on a farm, Annabel is passionate about farming, the countryside and the food industry.
Being a mother, coupled with my passion for the industry, I want to promote Agriculture and Food production, to ensure that the younger generation know and understand how food is produced and where it comes from. I am now striving to ensure that my future business is sustainable, and does not compromise meeting the needs of future generations.Annabel Makin-Jones.
Annabel studied Agri-Food and business studies at Harper Adam University, graduating in 2004. Ever since she has been working within the family business, and with significant investment, their strawberry production has expanded and continues to do so.
Strawberry varieties currently grown are Malling Centenary, Elsanta and Triumph. Growing these different varieties ensures they can guarantee quality and continuity for customers throughout the season. The team is always looking at new systems and plant varieties, to ensure continuous production of high quality fruit for five months of the year.
The strawberry plants are planted in stages starting in the winter months, which enables fruit to be harvested from spring to autumn. Once the berries are ripe, they are harvested and returned to the packhouse within 40 minutes of being picked. They are stored for a maximum of 24 hours at 2°C to keep their quality at its best. They are then inspected, weighed and lidded in the farm packhouse before being loaded onto refrigerated lorries to be brought to us at Booths.
Annabel’s believe in a truly sustainable approach to farming and try not to waste anything. All of their water requirements for the crop come from their 25 million gallon lake, electricity is generated from solar panels and strawberries that don’t meet the premium specification are used as an ingredient in all natural Tame & Wild drinks. Farmers at heart, they value their land, countryside and the fruit they produce.
To read more about Our Products, click here.