Buttervilla Growers produce a range of exceptional produce: heritage tomatoes, strawberries, raspberries, blackcurrants, gooseberries, rhubarb, blueberries, herbs and vegetables, hand grown in using organic and natural methods, with much love and care.
Everything is grown on a small scale using traditional methods, the fruit is picked fully ripe & ready and delivered in hours for that special freshness that sets us apart.
Buttervilla Growers are a small group of growers based in and around the Tamar Valley. The valley had been famous for growing fruit, cherries and cider apples in large quantities. It is recorded that visitors to the area on river steamers in the late eighteenth and early nineteenth centuries had the impression of travelling through one vast fruit garden. In its heyday the Valley employed more than 10,000 people on small family market gardens, sadly most small growers have gone due to competition from larger growers in other areas. Buttervilla Growers are returning to the tradition of small market gardens, using those age old traditional method. Our produce is revered by chefs for the flavour, quality and freshness it offers.
Buttervilla Growers was started by Robert & Gill Hocking in 2006, our first customer was Jamie Oliver's Fifteen Cornwall restaurant who have supported us throughout the years, and are still our largest customer.
Today 3 small family business form the core of the Buttervilla Growers.
Robert & Gill Hocking look after the development and test growing of new varieties of tomatoes and manage the ordering and deliveries
John and Ron Luke with their families grow some of the finest soft fruit you will ever taste. Luke's Farm have been growing strawberries for sixty years. Mr Luke senior was a soft fruit consultant and a pioneer of pick your own. They have always grown a large selection of varieties with flavour being their top priority and continue to grow traditionally, in the soil using natural methods.
Harry Hocking with his partner Tamara and their young family are the next generation of the Hocking's and manage most of the growing on the farm. Harry has inherited the green fingers of his parents and has developed a love for the land and sustainable farming. In his hands Buttervilla Growers will continue to develop and flourish.
Ben Perry originally from the Tamar Valley, farms a 6 acre hillside in the nearby Penquite. With his family (Sal and their twin sons) he grows the most delicious blueberries and currants for Buttervilla. ‘The fruit seems to thrive here’, says Ben, ‘the land sits on igneous rock, and is full of natural springs. We grow all sorts of produce, but the main focus is the fruit’. There’s a lot more to come, including the maturing of an 80 tree heritage variety Cornish apple orchard. We hope he continues to expand his range of produce because he has taste, quality and sustainability as a hallmark of his crops.
Buttervilla has been awarded the second prize of € 2000 by Italian organisation La Secondaluna for its work. Robert says "Its a real honour to be recognised by Italians who grow some of the finest tasting produce in Europe and continue to support the small artisan growers who produce it"
"The jury evaluated the passion of Robert Hocking and his family for seeds and cultivation as meeting the criteria of the competition. From the passion for seeds and traditional cultivation techniques, Buttervilla Farm was born. It is a skilled farming production, today admired by some of the best restaurants in England. The prize goes to a family who believed in the use of ancient cultivation techniques, in biodiversity, in the value of the flavour of food and who today proposes a model of sustainable agriculture."