In 1993 Jeanette purchased land out in Waiuku. Pam joined her in 2003 and a year later Scarborough Fare was established as a privately owned horticulture unit. With the help of their exceptional team, they now have nearly 3 hectares of lush, piquant garden, mostly in hydroponic growing systems, producing nearly 70 tonnes of premium-grade fresh culinary herbs every year.
They specialise in growing an abundance of different herbs, and like all fresh produce, herbs have a seasonality to them. Mother nature knows best though as the seasonal dishes that herbs make extra special are usually those that grow well in that season. For example, basil grows very well in the warmer months and is perfect for making pesto, dips and salads. Whereas sage, thyme and rosemary grow well in the winter time and are perfect for casseroles, slow cookers, and bakes. That is why using herbs in season is so special.
Jeanette and Pam love to cook and having fresh herbs in the backyard come in very handy. They love the unique flavours of chervil and French tarragon, the freshness of mint and basically everything else because fresh herbs turn ordinary dishes into masterpieces.
Scarborough Fare places huge importance on sustainable growing and is continually finding ways to innovate and improve their operations. There are a great number of projects that have been implemented already. The installation of a large solar system has done two key things for them. The first is allowing them to physically action their sustainable ethos in a way that customers can get behind. Knowing that the herbs you buy are not only grown by sunlight but the systems that support their growth are run on the same sunlight – this is real-time sustainability! The second is energy savings. Hydroponic systems as large as Scarborough Fares demand a lot of pumping power to operate. Needless to say, they’re enjoying the savings and after the initial pay-off period, the savings can be re-invested in cutting-edge growing technology. It’s a win-win.
Scarborough Fare principles are completely aligned with the Foodbox ethos, and we are delighted to offer their products as part of our range.