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The Thompson family have been farming fruit and vegetables at Brook Farm, near Harwich in Essex since 1948.

Today, we are market leaders in specialist products for the oriental foodservice sector and niche tree fruit like apricots, as well as growing apples and pears for retail.

We produce consistently high quality produce for our customers while working hard to preserve and enhance the countryside around us. 


Our Produce and brands —


Chinese Products

We are the sole producer of ‘TL’ or Thompson’s Leaf, an important ingredient for Chinese restaurants and Jumbo Salad Onions selected and grown exclusively for the Chinese sector.


Stone fruit, figs, rhubarb and citrus.

We grow a selection of varieties of Apricot, ‘Lizzie’ plums, dark and sweet and incredibly juicy. Our outdoor fig orchard is the only one in the UK. We also have our own variety of rhubarb. The farm is home a number of trials of other new fruit including citrus.

English Oca Company

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Apples & Pears

We grow Braeburn, Opal® and Topaz and Evelina apples and Conference Pears. We are innovators in fruit growing, always selecting and tasting new varieties to find the best. 


Cotchel Juice

Instead of letting the unwanted apples and pears from our own farm be wasted, we turn it into delicious juice. Our range of four juices is available in 750ml and 250ml individual serve bottles.

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Reliquum Fruit Gin

Our apricot and plum fruit gins are made using fruit which we can't sell.



As farmers we are aware of our duty to care for the land, for the benefit of future generations, as previous generations have cared for it before us. It is incredibly important that we look after our local and wider environment and we take this responsibility seriously.

We manage the farm sensitively to try to encourage wildlife and to ensure we reduce our impact on the wider, global environment.


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Brook Farm
Great Oakley
Essex CO12 5BN



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