Our Suppliers | Boddington’s Berries
Hi and welcome to our local artisan and gifts range. In this regular blog series we take a closer look at our local artisan producers who reflect all that is special and unique to our region. Today we are delighted to highlight Boddington’s Berries and introduce Joanna Boddington.
‘’ We are a third-generation strawberry grower in Mevagissey, Cornwall; the current owner Phil Boddington prides himself on producing the best high fruit content jam with no additives or preservatives and the finest fresh strawberries. ‘’
‘’ The business originally started as a market garden in the 1940’s by Phil’s grandfather who grew fruit and flowers. In the 1960’s Phil’s father Richard Boddington decided to specialise in the strawberry side of the business, growing fruit for local markets as well as the supermarkets. ‘’
‘’ Phil helped in the fields as a lad learning the business from his father and after a spell in horticultural college and a quick world tour, Phil took over from his father and continued to grow the business and turn it into the success we have today. ‘’
‘’ Boddington’s preserves are different to most, using nothing but natural ingredients. All our preserves are made using only fruit and sugar with a dash of lemon juice where required, cooked in a traditional open pan. This method slowly cooks the fruit to a natural setting point and results in an outstandingly high fruit content conserve. ‘’
‘’ Half of the current working staff at Boddingtons Berries are part of the Boddington’s family including Louise & Phil’s’ children. A farmer never really retires and this year we saw Grandad coming out of retirement to help plant our latest strawberry crop. ‘’
The Boddington family have been farming strawberries in Mevagissey since the 1940’s. In 2001 Phil Boddington and his wife Louise diversified into jam using their own fruit. Cooking in the house with a recipe book found on the side, Boddington’s strawberry jam began, containing only strawberries, sugar and a splash of lemon juice and has remained the same ever since. Today the range includes marmalade, chutney and even strawberry vinegar.