There was no real incentive for it to become a business and indeed it took a few years to really take off, but even in that initial year we attracted 500 people to the first chilli festival and began to realise there was a growing movement towards spicy food. We also realised that ‘Chilli Heads’ are interesting people and our descent into the colourful world of chilli worship had begun. 8 years on and the chilli farm has gone from strength to strength. We now farm nearly 12,000sq/ft of poly tunnel space, growing chillies from mild to wild and including the worlds record breaking hottest – the Carolina Reaper. Our range of products has expanded from initially just sauces to now include chocolates, ciders, beers, fudge and even sausages! Our products are very well known and stocked in outlets across the country. We supply a number of restaurants and food outlets and tailor make sauces with white labels for many more.
The chilli farm has received numerous awards and has been featured on some interesting programmes including Country File, Blue Peter and Paul Hollywoods Pies and Puddings. We were also awarded the Small Business Sunday honour by Theo Pathitis. Our products have won multiple awards from a host of organisations including Great Taste, Taste of the West, Clifton Chilli Clubs People Choice and Great Dorset Chilli Festival Professional sauce makers competition.
All of the sauces and chocolates are made on the farm in our new purpose built kitchen. Louise Duck and her sister joined the team back in 2010, and Louise is now head chef and chief sales lady. She can be found behind the stall at many of the events that we attend.
As we stated at the beginning, its all been a bit weird with chilli love in the UK catching us unaware. We consider ourselves very lucky to be in this industry and welcome you all to the farm to share our passion.