Flower grower Jan Billington promises, ‘You’ll be stunned by the flavour,’ and she’s right. The begonia, that boring municipal bedding plant, is bursting with sharp, juicy, apple-skin flavour, like a Granny Smith. It would be wonderful paired with cheese.
Edible flowers are fashionable, colourful and pretty – and there’s more on the menu than peppery nasturtium salad or borage for your Pimm’s.
Jan and Stuart uprooted their family in 2002 to move to Devon as a direct result of watching far too many episodes of ‘Escape to River Cottage’! The lifestyle change after a decade of living and working in London was literally a breathe of fresh air and Jan set about establishing Maddocks Farm Organics, offering small scale seasonal organic vegetable boxes. With Stuart still commuting to London and Imogen not yet at school, it was an extremely challenging time.
The salads developed from a desire to offer more than just lettuces in the boxes and the feedback was so positive that the business grew from there and we soon started supplying shops and pubs. In 2008 Jan made the conscious decision to stop the wider veggie boxes and to specialise in edible flowers and salads.
Maddocks Farm Organics is the only edible flowers specialist that has an organic licence. They haven’t looked back since moving to Devon and were delighted that their Seasonal Flower Salad Bags were recognised with a Highly Commended Award in 2009 and their Herb Flower Salad was Winner in the 2012 Soil Association Food Awards. In 2013 Jan was made a Soil Association Food Hero which was a great honour.
Stay at their award winning organic farm in Devon. At Maddocks Farm they have converted a barn into a luxury six bedroom (all ensuite) holiday let. The holiday let combines all the creature comforts you need with solar hot water, electricity from photovoltaic cells, natural spring water and environmentally friendly products. Guests also receive a complimentary welcome pack including a selection from our organic range as well as a complimentary Devon Cream Tea.
You can try their edible flowers on a tour around Maddocks Farm Organics in Devon; fish in the ponds; play in the games room; spot the local wildlife on the farm or in the surrounding area of outstanding natural beauty……or just relax and do absolutely nothing.