Edible flowers & organic salads using seasonal blooms, leaves, herbs & wild foragings
Who are we...
My name is Jan Billington and I run Maddocks Farm Organics which is a small family business set on the edge of the Blackdown Hills. We grow award winning organic edible flowers and unusual salad ingredients.
Maddocks Farm Organics produces edible flowers and award winning organic salads and salad bags using fantastic seasonal leaves, herbs and wild foragings.
Maddocks Farm Organics has been established for nearly 13 years. We are based in beautiful Devon & we are the only organic licensed edible flower specialists in the UK. Our seasonal organic edible flowers and leaves are all grown on our farm completely naturally.
Edible flowers have numerous uses, including:
- Wedding cake decoration
- Cupcake decoration
- Seasonal salads
About our organic edible flowers
We can offer a selection of seasonal organic edible flowers or just one particular variety if you wish. All our flowers are grown by us, certified organic and therefore guaranteed not to be sprayed with harmful pesticides. Our flowers are picked early in the day, after the dew has left them but before the sun has dried out their essential oils. In order to reduce our carbon footprint, the boxes used for packaging are both biodegradable and completely compostable.
About our organic salads
We work with the seasons to produce fabulously tasty and unusual leaves all year around. In Autumn and Winter the radicchios, mustards and baby chard leaves, as well as the rockets and watercress, produce intense flavours, garnished with rocket, mustard and purslane flowers. In Spring the early soft herbs such as dill, coriander and sorrel add zing to the salads along with red ribbed spinach and dandelion. The salads are set off beautifully with pea shoots and flowers, primroses and wild garlic flowers. In Summer, all the vibrant colour and flavours cause a riot on the plate and on the palate.
Photo credits: Bee's Bakery, Neil White Photography, Grow Eat Gather, and Emily Harmston Cakes
Edible flowers are something that can’t be washed or peeled to remove any chemical residue. Commerial flowers from florists, supermarkets and garden centers are sprayed with chemicals unfit for human consumption and cannot be eaten.
Growing organic edible flowers is about so much more than simply removing chemicals from the growing process or meeting the strict standards of the Soil Association. It is about developing an understanding of the plants that we grow; working with the seasons; improving the soil structure and letting plants mature at a pace which allows their full flavour, colours and perfume to develop.
Our electricity comes from photovoltaic cells on the barn roof. Our water comes from a natural spring and is sterilised using UV filters so no chemicals, even chlorine are present. Our waste water is filter through a natural reed bed system. Our edible flower packaging is 100% recycled and recyclable. This means our carbon footprint is almost negligible. No other edible flower specialist goes to these lengths to have such a green organic business.