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Early Years

No summer afternoon is complete without a bowl of juicy red strawberries and fresh cream.  And for more than 160 years this area has been supplying fresh strawberries to the nation.

Steve Harris Farms first Bedford TK - Early 1960's In years gone by, during the picking season, the stations of Bursledon and Swanwick were thronged with growers loading their fruit onto special trains which then took the produce all over the country.

The combination of a mild, frost-free, climate and suitable soils meant that Titchfield strawberries were not only considered to be the best but were also the first to market.

Steve Harris Farms first Bedford TK - Early 1960's

Steve Harris

The founder of Steve Harris Farms Ltd was born on the 19th of December 1910 in Stubbington. Steve was the sixth of ten children. At the age of just 15 he bought his first lorry, for 45 - 1 down and a 1 a week until it was paid for.Steve Harris with Les Downes

The young Steve soon found a living delivering local produce - potatoes to Portsmouth and fruit to Covent Garden.

In 1934 he had enough money to buy land at Meon where his brother Jim already had 13 acres.

In 1939 Les Downes started work on the farm and today still works at Meon Bye Farm alongside his son, Eric, who is farm manager.

Steve Harris with Les Downes

Pick Your Own

In 1966 Steve started up the Pick Your Own operation, one of the first in Hampshire.

Today the farm grows strawberries, raspberries, rhubarb, pumpkins and wheat.

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