THE WILKIN FAMILY – FARMERS & FRUIT GROWERS SINCE 1757
The Wilkin family have been farming at Tiptree, Essex, since 1757, and today the business is run by Peter Wilkin, great grandson of our founder. Our fruit crops include strawberry, raspberry, loganberry, mulberry, blackberry, morello cherry, rhubarb, damson, Victoria plum, greengage, quince and the curious medlar.
Our signature fruit is the Little Scarlet strawberry, a tiny wild variety, originally brought to England by the Wilkin family in the early 1900’s. We believe that we are unique in the world in growing this difficult crop, but it is worth it for its depth of taste. Our fruits are all still hand-picked and the farm is LEAF Marque accredited (Linking Environment And Farming), ensuring that we farm sympathetically with our environment and encourage links with our local community.
We inspect and prepare our fruit by hand then cook it in small batches using traditional, copper-bottomed pans. Our preserves are made to cherished recipes and are free from artificial colours, flavours and preservatives. In addition to our jam factory, we also have an artisan patisserie and a steamed pudding bakery. We supply an extensive range of conserves, marmalades, honeys, sauces, condiments, fresh fruits, teas, ice creams, cakes, biscuits, gift packs and even Christmas puddings.