Allan and Sue Miller both worked full time as chefs for 20 years before becoming growers of Micro Cress. Their transition from one profession to another was brought about by the need for a more consistent product. They decided to grow cress themselves in a small greenhouse in their back garden and began supplying the restaurant they worked in. Their experience has helped them tremendously in understanding the requirements of chefs.
Having successfully grown Micro Cress for use in the restaurant, with very positive feedback, they were asked by a wholesaler if they were able to grow in a larger volume. Allan and Sue decided to invest their time and money into their business, which is when ‘Nurtured In Norfolk’ really began. Now 6 years on in a 4-acre nursery the business has gone from strength to strength, with the help and support of numerous wholesalers. A work force of 32 plus fulltime committed staff now produce a niche range to keep up with the ever-growing demand for new, unique and innovative products.
They now supply a range of wholesalers and Michelin star restaurants with a top quality selection of cut Micro Cress and Pea Shoots to mention but a few. The range now extends to Micro Herbs, Edible flowers, Baby and Micro vegetables, Edible Leaves and Mint Tips in various flavours. As ex chefs, their simple ethos is that the quality and consistency of the product has to be of an exacting standard that they would have expected and been happy to use themselves.
All the products have been grown on a natural soil base, benefiting from nutrients that are present throughout the growing stages and therefore extending the shelf life. Biological controls are used throughout the growing process to keep the crops clean and pest free.