Royal Oak Farm is in Bickerstaff near Ormskirk in Lancashire. It is farmed by Peter Lydiate his partner Cheryl and his brother Andrew. The farm consists of 120 acres or their own and an additional rented part taking the total area up to 300 acres. This land is divided typically between 130 acres of vegetables, 80 acres of corn and the rest as cover crops.
“They produce a wide variety of crops including potatoes, squashes, broccoli, kales, cabbages to name just a few.”
The farm has been in the Lydiate family since the 1930s and Peter and Andrew took over the farm in their early twenties after their father was tragically killed in a car crash in 1977. They grow around 65 different crops on fertile black sand soil and they are passionate about the taste of their vegetables as well as maintaining soil quality. They specialise in different varieties of coloured carrots, beetroots, cauliflower and even sprouts to give veg more diversity. They are lucky to have a really good soil which is so dark in places it makes the unwashed potatoes look black. At the same time this soil also gives a fantastic flavour to all the crops grown in it.