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Welcome to Parrish Farms

If you love onions and shallots, then you’ve come to the right place. The Parrish family have been farming in the Greensand Ridge in Bedfordshire since 1927 and are passionate about growing all forms of onions and shallots. The rich sandy soils in this area are ideal for allium growing, and over the years, we have strived for excellence in sustainability, storage and producing great-tasting fresh produce.

The family farm was started by Frank Parrish in 1927. Grahame Parrish, second generation, took over the farm in 1958 and steered the farm on to growing vegetables after introducing an irrigation system in the 60s. Third generation, Nick and James are now involved in the business, joining back in the late 80s.

Nick and James are proud to be working with the Greensand Ridge Local Action Group (LAG). They have been granted funding, as part of the LEADER programme, from the European Agricultural Fund for Rural Development for the F B Parrish & Son Direct Drill project to improve the drilling operations at Parrish Farms.

Nick Parrish says, “The Leader support has enabled F.B.Parrish & Son to purchase the latest direct drill technology. As a business, we have been direct drilling cereal and Quinoa crops for a number of years. The purchase of the Weaving GD drill with its angled disc technology has made a big improvement to crop establishment both in terms of even cover of the seed and improved seed-to-soil contact. As a result of this, the drill will give us savings on seed usage and reduce the number of operations as rolling post-drilling is no longer required.”