Plenty of UK growers supply the market between September and February, but this is normally a period of relatively low prices. In 1989 Marshalls bought the farm and set out to provide year round continuity of supply for outlets.

Initially several mistakes were made. One was to reply on ambient storage, another was poor variety of choice.

Marshalls soon realized that to supply the high priced April to July markets a cold store was needed to keep produce in good shape.

In 1992 Marshalls refrigerated an existing small building to provide 400t of capacity. The following year Marshalls put up purpose built 1,000t cold store.


About a third of the crop is sold, some is stored in under ambient conditions until the end of January, and the rest in the big cold store where it is held at 0•c.

The key to long-term storage without unacceptable losses is to handle the crop like eggs at harvest. After grading, produce is packed in nets, palletised and pre-cooled before delivery.


This is divided into six separate bays, each holding a months supply in cabbage boxes, which hold about 800kg (16cwt) of cabbage, stacked five high.

Each bay can be unloaded without disrupting the others. The last of the stored crop is put down the farms peeling and grading line in late July or early August.

From February to October we have storage space available as we empty our seven cold stores one a month till August.

The first of the new seasons crop follows in a seamless continuity of supply it will then be cut and cold stored and will not be sold until it has been allowed to be chilled and conditioned, and then it will be peeled and packed to get a true white & red cabbage with a good shelf life.