The Modern Salad Grower is the work of Sean O’Neill and his team. Sean has been growing organic salads for over fifteen years, working at Keveral Farm and co founding Buttervilla Growers, Keveral Community of Growers and now The Modern Salad Grower.
At the Modern Salad Grower we produce salad leaves, micro leaves, microgreens, tiny vegetables, edible flowers, herbs and salad vegetables with love and care.
We also forage a wide range of wild plants from our own organic woodlands and hedgerows. Our plants are grown in homemade organic compost, fed on our own seaweed and nettle tea feeds then watered with pure Cornish spring water.
Here in our little corner of Cornwall, our produce is grown organically and harvested at the optimum time of day for flavour and freshness.
Whilst upholding the values and many of the varieties of traditional growing, we are also pushing the frontiers of new plants and growing methods to constantly develop our range. After the success of our tiny vegetables and our forced luminance ranges, these develop further this year.
Through our work with Oakleaf European and Natoora our clients include Fifteen Cornwall, Gidleigh Park, The Ledbury, The Fat Duck, Petrus, Danesfield House, Ollie Dabbous, The Scarlet, Master Chef, The Blue Plate, River Cottage Plymouth, Alyn Williams, Ottolenghi, Disco Bistro, Channel 4, ITV, BBC, Lilly Vanilli, Alain Ducasse, The Goring, The Driftwood and many others.
Thanks to the many people who help and inspire us and to Ken Warner for his great photography .
James Bowden, Matt Dunkinson and Rachel Vere visited us here at Keveral Farm for their Meet The Producers feature for The Guardian.
Read Miranda York’s profile of The Modern Salad Grower for Flavour First.
We’re proud to have won the YBF (Young British Foodies) 2014 Award for Vegetables. Judge Bruno Loubet said:
“I am very pleased that Sean O’Neill from the modern salad grower has won the vegetable category. His unique collection of a seemingly common ingredient – a bunch of leaves presented in a shot glass, masquerading as a lemonade – really blew the judges away. In a city overrun by trends and fads, both the winner, and the Young British Foodies Foundation have reminded us to put the ingredient back in the heart of the dish. I am very pleased to be associated with these awards truly represent the best of British innovation and entrepreneurship.”