Farmer Focus: Celebrating 50 years of pea co-op – Farmers Weekly

We are celebrating the fiftieth yr of our native vining pea co-operative, Scottish Borders Produce, this yr.

The enterprise has undergone numerous structural modifications over this era and now operates in a three way partnership with Eyemouth Freezers.

Scottish Borders Produce is chargeable for rising the crop and Eyemouth Freezers handles processing, storing and packing.

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About the writer

David Fuller

David Fuller manages 3,500ha of medium sandy clays for McGregor Farms primarily based at Coldstream, on either side of the border. Cropping consists of wheat, spring barley, winter barley and oilseed rape, spring beans and vining peas. Potatoes are farmed in collaboration with Greenvale AP.

Marketing is the duty of a 3rd social gathering, with the bulk of the packed peas being retailed by way of the supermarkets.

The peas are grown inside a 50-mile radius of the seaside city of Eyemouth, in Berwickshire, East Lothian and Northumberland.

Membership has grown considerably in latest years to 89, with the group now harvesting simply over 3,000ha of peas.

The intention is to have the peas processed and frozen inside 150 minutes of harvest to lock in all of the goodness of a contemporary product.

With drilling solely just lately accomplished and harvest simply across the nook, and prone to proceed into early September, it’s fairly an intense interval for a small however devoted crew.

The authorities launched its Food Strategy coverage paper in a well timed trend, simply as shoppers are battling the rising value of residing and first producers face large value will increase.

Inevitably, the dearth of a transparent “technique” inside the paper has led to an enormous quantity of criticism from commentators.

However, I’m moderately happy that eventually the federal government seems to be taking meals safety critically and is lastly talking out loud about it.

This is at the very least a place to begin in making the meals provide chain extra resilient. (*50*) time will inform how efficient the goals of the coverage paper will probably be in shaping our future meals manufacturing techniques.

Back on the farm, we’re ending off our ear sprays on winter wheat and making use of the ultimate fungicide spray to spring oats. With harvest quick approaching, additionally it is vacation time for the employees.

Hopefully, they may all return rested up and prepared for motion.

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