TJ & RHC Wilson – Acer Leigh Posh Nosh
Specialist glasshouse grower of courgette flowers, baby courgettes and other edible flowers and baby vegetables.
All crops are grown in the soil avoiding the use of chemicals.
Acer Leigh glasshouse nursery is owned and run by Trevor and Becky Wilson, originally tenants of the Land Settlements Association in Sidlesham.
After the closure of the LSA they purchased the ground, dwelling house and some glasshouses to set up their own business and carry on growing.
The couple both have a solid background in horticulture especially cultivating fruit and vegetable products. On their 4.5 acre site (of which, approximately one acre is devoted to glasshouses) they now concentrate on producing baby vegetables and edible flowers which are in demand from restaurants.
As Land Settlements Association tenants they grew salad crops such as lettuce, tomatoes and celery. Being part of a group of over 100 growers meant Trevor and Becky were able to give a continuity of supply which made it possible to supply supermarkets.
After the LSA’s closure and becoming sole traders, they realised that growing niche crops for the markets was more profitable than traditional glasshouse crops. They found they could produce products that the ‘big boys’ couldn’t.
Although already growing courgettes, the specific cultivation of courgette flowers started after an introduction to a wholesaler from New Covent Garden Market who was a colleague of the chef and restaurateur, Albert Roux.
This led to producing other crops that the catering trade is interested in. Acer Leigh Posh Nosh is receptive to requests looking into the possibility of growing any additional products desired.
As glasshouse growers the use of chemicals is not permitted and pests are kept at bay using biological controls. Chemical fertilisers are used as well as farmyard manure.
All plants are propagated without the use of genetically modified seed.
Crops are grown in the soil and every effort is made to take care of the soil for future generations.
They have supplied products to Albert Roux’s London restaurant as well as to the catering services of Ascot Racecourse, Henley Regatta, Oval Cricket Ground, and even provided the edible flowers for, the music celebrity, Madonna’s wedding.
(dependent on weather conditions)
Courgette Flowers (male & female): May – November
Baby Courgettes: mid April – November
Edible Flowers: aim to produce year-round
Baby Leeks: March – end of May
Baby Turnips: October – May
Flat French Beans (Helda Beans): May – September
Courgettes: May – November
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Farmers' Markets Attending
- French Garden and Gilgrove at New Covent Garden Market, London
- JT Produce and Kenya Veg at New Spitalfields Market, London
- Total Produce, Southampton
- A few local greengrocers supplying to the catering trade
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