The farm is based in the Ivel Valley in Bedfordshire.The family farm was taken on in 1927 by our grandfather, Frank Parrish. The farm originally incorporated a dairy and milk was delivered to the surrounding areas each day. Grahame Parrish, second generation, took over the farm in 1958 and the farm focused more on growing vegetables.
The sandy soils of the green sand ridge have been ideal for vegetable production and in particular many brussel sprouts used to be grown on this farm and the surrounding Bedfordshire countryside in the 1970's. These day's we grow potatoes, onions, shallots and cereals, but also the land is ideal for growing garden bird seeds such as sunflower seeds, maize, red millet, white millet, oats, linseed and wheat.
The Ivel Valley business has been 5 years in the development. Initially making suet treats for local retailers and also for other manufacturers, 3rd generation, Nick and James Parrish felt there was a need to produce a really special range of products that would make your garden a haven for beautiful garden birds. We have teamed up with Mike Smith, our expert ornithologist, who has completed an MSc in the subject, specifically studying the supplementary feeding of garden birds.
The hard work now sees the exciting launch of what we see as the best complete solution to attracting and feeding birds in your garden.
READY PECK RANGE
Our flagship 5 a day Ready Peck seed range is built around 5 key ingredients-SUET-OATS-SEED-NUTS and either FRUIT or INSECTS. We have developed special mixes for Robins and Finches which have particular feed and feeder requirements. We make all our own 5 a day suet products and blend and pack the seeds on the farm site.
We strive to be innovative and sustainable in all we do. This includes offering refill and storage containers, growing to the LEAF standard (Linking the Environment And Agriculture) and our production unit is even powered by the sun. Our feeds are about minimising waste and maximising energy and nutrition to the birds. Please take up one of our offers, trial it and see the difference for yourself.
Although we grow our own seed for our bird food mixes, our speciality is actually onions. We're one of the top UK growers for onions and shallots and you can buy all of our onions on PickleFresh.co.uk. We also stock a range of pickling and fermenting kits and accessories, so you can order everything you need to get pickling as soon as your parcel arrives.