Brian Hughes, Simon’s Grandfather (sitting on the tractor behind the trailer), first started rearing poultry in Surrey in 1917, then on his small holding in Pharisee Green,  Dunmow. He moved the family onto Great Clerkes Farm during the early 1950s in order to expand his farming enterprise. A move which greatly pleased all involved, as the parish of Little Sampford is a jolly splendid place indeed.

The farm has always been an arable farm, as well as poultry, and until the late 70’s beef and pork were also reared here. It was around this time that, Brian and his son Paddy (in the hat) began to raise a few geese for the Christmas market. Being a temperamental bird they started off with small numbers in order to gain a full appreciation of how the birds fare on the chalky boulder clay that North West Essex provides. Buoyed by their success and the delicately scrumptious taste only a goose can provide the humble beginnings of 50 birds in the first year was gradually increased until now we have around 1,500 geese each year.

Today, the farm still has 200 acres of arable crops and lush green meadows and Simon, Paddy’s son, now manages the farm and rears plenty of poultry all year round.

Now taking Easter orders