Welcome to Sun Salads. Our family has been growing watercress for over 50 years. We supply watercress to wholesale customers all year round from our beautiful farms in southern England and our winter farm in Spain.
David Lawes joins Green Leaves Watercress as a Production Worker.
David is appointed Managing Director of Green Leaves Watercress.
David acquires Green Leaves Watercress (having by now set up his own company Simayne Sun Ltd). David's son, Simon, joins the business.
Simon opens Sun Salads, a high street fruit and vegetable shop in Fordingbridge, Hampshire.
Sun Salads begins wholesale operations of fruit and vegetables, particularly watercress.
Sun Salads commences supply to Natures Way Foods.
Ludwell site acquired.
Sun Salads (by now Sun Salads Ltd) becomes part of the Natures Way Foods group.
Sun Salads acquires and develops its Andover site.
Sun Salads acquires a 6.5 hectare site in Seville, Spain and sets up Sun Salads Espana to meet year round demand for watercress.
Sun Salads wins the "Cleaner Water" category of the Environment Agency’s Environmental Pioneer Awards.
10th birthday of Sun Salads Ltd. Simon’s son Dan joins the business. Sun Salads builds a modern packing facility on its Holwell, Dorset site.
Watercress is a natural superfood, rich in vitamins A, C and E, as well as iron and calcium. It’s incredibly healthy, and tasty too, with a refreshing, peppery flavour. Watercress can be eaten raw or cooked and can be used in anything from sandwiches and salads to soups and stir fries.
We have five watercress farms across Sun Salads UK and Sun Salads Espana. Our four farms in the UK are located in the Dorset, Wiltshire and Hampshire areas of southern England, where our watercress grows in spring water naturally filtered through local chalk. We have our own packing facility on our Holwell farm and can supply pre-packaged watercress or loose watercress for retail, wholesale and processing.
Our Spanish farm in Seville is one of the most advanced of its type. Our watercress is grown under a mesh house which gives protection from pests and extreme weather. We use innovative harvesting technology for minimal product handling. Our Spanish farm means we are able to supply fresh watercress all year round.
We produce our own seeds, then propagate these in our greenhouse. We then plant the seedlings by hand and grow them in natural spring water. It takes around six to eight weeks for our watercress to grow to harvest stage, largely depending on the climate. Once our watercress is ready, we harvest it and package it ready for delivery to our customers.
We comply with many different production standards and schemes including Leaf Marque, Marks & Spencer Field to Fork, Red Tractor Farm Assurance for Fresh Produce, GlobalG.A.P and NFU Watercress Association Code of Practice. We are also a member of Sedex.
If you have an enquiry regarding Sun Salads or Sun Salads Espana please contact us.