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Maple Farm

The Team

The Team The Maple Farm team are experts in their own field... or barn...

The Kendall family

Kendall Family

Our family has been farming at Maple Farm in Kelsale for over 50 years.

Unlike a lot of farms, it has not changed much during this time. The fields are very small with high hedges around them. We have kept our ancient woodlands as well as planting several new woods in recent years. Our fields are surrounded by wide margins of native grasses and wildflowers that provide a habitat for plants, insects, birds and larger animals. Some years ago, we converted Maple Farm Kelsale to organic production.

We rely on the best bits of modern farming which have taken away many of the back-breaking jobs but otherwise Maple Farm would seem remarkably familiar to our ancestors. Fields of wheat and rye stand next to meadows with cattle and sheep. Our pigs live in small groups and have plenty of opportunities to forage. Our hens live on rich pastures we have planted for them. Their delicious eggs with dark yellow yolks are proof that they are finding a good diet. Our market garden produces a wide range of fruit and vegetables grown in soils fertilised by natural composts and plants such as clover.

One hundred years ago Maple Farm, along with its neighbours, would have been producing all of the fresh food that the local town and villages needed. We hope that this can be the case again.

In the fields

In the fields

Our team is committed and knowledgeable. One trained as a chef, another advised a chef, Jamie Oliver. They have a strictly plot to plate approach, with an eye for the tastiest varieties and great ideas for our recipe collection.

Together with the Farm Manager, the team work to secure the smooth running of Maple Farm Kelsale, the best crops and highest standards of welfare for our livestock and poultry.

In the barn

In the barn

Our big barn is a hive of activity, where vegetables areĀ pre-packed for sale, where the eggs are graded and packed, and flours are milled for our farmshop.

On the move

On the move Our van is a familiar sight on the roads of East Suffolk, delivering eggs to farm shops and outlets within our 15 mile radius.

In the office

The Soil AssociationĀ and DEFRA have some exacting standards, and to retain our organic certificate every year the farm and its procedures undergo a thorough inspection.

Our office team work hard throughout the year to ensure that the paper trail on all produce is kept to the very highest degrees of accuracy.