Our mission is to grow the best possible quality seasonal vegetables and supply them to people who care about what they eat and where it comes from. As much as we can, we aim to manage the growing process ourselves, so that we can control the quality of our produce at every stage.
With Linscombe produce, from the seed to your table, you can be confident in the origin of your vegetables. This means that the people who eat our produce can be confident it is truly fresh, and confident that they are genuinely reducing food miles.
Due to an increased demand for out of season favourites like tomatoes, exotic vegetables such as sweet potatoes and other produce that we don’t have the facilities to grow such as mushrooms and fruit, we may buy in produce from other organic farms.
Linscombe Organic Vegetables is run as a traditional family farming partnership with Mum (Helen) and Dad (Phil) and sons - Tom, David, James and Sam. We also directly employ 6 people to help us with all aspects of the farm, from growing through to office admin and serving customers at the Farmers' Markets.
We have been registered with the Soil Association since 1996 - our Registration Number is G2047 and this provides you with some official reasurance of our production methods (nothing quite as good as coming to an Open day or Farm Walk of course).
The Soil Association website provides a huge resource about all things organic, sustainable and local. It can be accessed by clicking here.
In 2006 Linscombe Farm relocated from its birthplace just outside Crediton to new land in the prime farming area near the confluence of the Rivers Creedy and Exe. Bidwell Barton is only 4 miles from Crediton, and although now only 4 miles by road to the Cathedral in Exeter, it is hard to believe the proximity of the city when on the farm.
The soil at Bidwell is very deep and fertile. The field cropping is extensive and done on a rotation that allows a long fertility building green manure phase. This helps to maximise nutrients, micro-organism growth in the soil, and helps improve soil structure. All this is vital for growing our healthy and flavoursome vegetables. The health of the soil is key to the health of the crops grown, and we take enormous pride in maintaining the soil in good condition.
The polytunnels at Bidwell provide us with an extensive protected area to grow a variety of crops.
Salads are grown in the tunnels year round. The tunnels allow us to grow more tender crops such as french beans and some early peas. In the summer, tomatoes, cucumbers, peppers and aubergines join the salads to provide a wide range of colourful summer crops.
We also use the tunnels to sow our seeds as plug plants, and to grow them on ready to plant in the fields or in the tunnels.
We organise farm walks during the growing and harvesting seasons. Watch out for the dates on this web site, and in our newsletters.
School groups are welcome at the farm.
Contact us to arrange a visit.