The Barfoots Story

See how we have grown

Our story began in 1976, when Peter Barfoot, a fifth-generation farmer, started growing a single crop in the unique micro-climate of the Hampshire Basin in the south of England.

Today, Barfoots looks very different. We are still a family-owned business but now we grow, process and pack a range of semi-exotic vegetables at farms and facilities around the world.


Peter Barfoot is born in Botley, Hampshire, into a family with a long tradition of farming.

A young Peter picking strawberries at the family farm


Peter and his father, Victor Barfoot, go into business together and form VH Barfoot and Son.


  • 21 acres farmed in the UK


Peter buys Sefter Farm in West Sussex, which becomes Barfoots’ main site.


Barfoots opens its first integrated production line to supply de-husked, pre-packed sweetcorn.

Barfoots España is established in Almeria, which expands the company’s winter growing capacity.


A new purpose-built sweetcorn packing facility, featuring state-of- the-art automated equipment, is opened at Sefter Farm.


  • Peter Barfoot is named BBC Radio 4 Farmer of The Year


Barfoots Senegal is founded. The joint venture with Michael Laurent helps ensure the year-round delivery of high-quality produce.


  • Barfoots launches its first fully prepared vegetable products


Barfoots begins growing premium vegetables, including asparagus, chillies, Tenderstem® broccoli and baby corn.

A premium vegetables packing facility is opened in Leythorne, West Sussex, to cater for this growth.


  • 2,800 acres farmed in the UK


Barfoots builds its first anaerobic digester. It produces enough green energy from the waste generated at Sefter Farm to power the entire site. It also creates organic fertiliser for Barfoots farms.


Barfoots España invests in 10 hectares of covered production in southern Spain.


  • 100 million sweetcorn cobs sold
  • Prepared products become Barfoots largest product category


Barfoots enjoys a record-breaking sweetcorn season in the UK. Over 35 million cobs are harvested at the company’s farms in Hampshire and West Sussex.


  • 7,000 acres farmed in the UK
  • 2,500 acres farmed in Senegal
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