Castleton Farm is a family run business owned by the Mitchells.
Located in the Howe of the Mearns in south Aberdeenshire, Murray, Rhoda and their son Ross, have been growing fruit for over 20 years and are now one of Scotlands biggest commercial growers.
The Mitchells moved to Castleton in 1992, buying it from within the Mitchell family who had farmed here since 1900. Murray brought their dairy herd to the farm and continued to grow the existing strawberry crop that was already established.
In 1999 the decision was made to stop dairying and to expand the 15 acres of strawberries into a commercial scale.
The first poly tunnels were erected in 2000, eliminating many of the weather related risks involved with growing strawberries outdoors in Scotland. Since then we have introduced raspberries, blueberries and cherries.
We supply many of the large retailers, with the majority of our fruit going to Marks and Spencer and Tesco. We employ over 600 seasonal workers each year, with 450 living and working on the farm at the peak of the season.