A bit about the wonky founder
My names Laura Brady and I'm addicted to growing weird and wonderful produce...
After working on different farms from a young age around the UK and abroad, I developed a huge passion for agriculture and fresh produce production. This resulted in me attending Harper Adams University and completing a degree in Agriculture and Fresh Produce.
I've always wanted to have my own business and to do something outside the veg box... So in April 2017 I quit my graduate job as a farm manager and started The Wonky Parsnip!
What makes it Wonky
No this is not the same as the supermarkets 'wonky' range, We specialise in growing weird and wonderful fruit and veg that is rarely available to buy, hard to find or new to the UK, such as South African gem squash or Red sweetcorn and grow it ourselves, by hand, spray free outside in sunny Kent.
Being a passionate cook myself I know how exciting it is to be able to cook with new ingredients that you may never have seen before or heard of, let alone be able to buy them locally grown. We think of ourselves as providing you exotic produce locally grown?
We do also grow conventional veg such as carrots/leeks but we will always have a coloured, supersize or super small variety - there will always be something a bit different.
We grow carefully selected variety's for taste, uniqueness and aesthetic appreciation rather than for yield as a bigger farm would.
Our farm is based at Horton Farm, Chartham, Canterbury, CT4 7LG.
Starting in 2017, we use just under a acre of space to grow over 150+ variety's of weird and wonderful produce. Growing everything from herbs such as lemon sorrel, lime basil or brown fennel ferns, to cucamelons (grape sized cucumbers with the pattern of a watermelon) to Mexican tomatillos the authentic zingy ingredient in a salsa, to squash, yellow peas, wasabi rocket - you name it !
We grow all produce on site from seed, with our main season running June-November. Everything is planted, picked and packed by hand with love.
Doing our bit for the Planet
One of our main drives as a company is produce nutritional produce sustainably. This drives every aspect of our business, from being a spray free farm to variety choices. Planting plants to attract beneficial insects all around the patch such as calendula, as well as plants to attract and catch unwanted insects like sticky leaf tobacco or nasturtium. We also host be hives around the patch which work wonders for us.
We are working with Surfers Against Sewage and several plastic free groups to eradicate single use plastic from our business, and have been since we started. We use paper pulp punnets instead of plastic ones, use paper bags, and pack our orders in recycled cardboard boxes. Any ice packs or trays we use for delivery are all re-usable.