The Mitchells

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.

Renewable Energy

We have invested in renewable energy at the farm.

  • 50kW roof-mounted solar PV array on the packhouse.
  • an 60kW biomass boiler at the farm shop and cafe.
  • 4 x 1MW woodchip fuelled biomass boilers to heat the caravans for the seasonal workforce and heat 2 hectares of tunnels housing strawberries.
  • 2 x 50kW combined heat and power (CHP) biomass boilers which produces 80% of the electricity we use and all of our heat requirements.

Growing strawberries, raspberries, blueberries and cherries the harvest period spans April to November.

the perfect climate

Our Northern location provides long daylight hours and a cooler climate which are ideal conditions for berry production.  The cool climate allows the fruit to ripen slowly which enhances the sweetness of our berries.

Packed fresh on-site

All of our berries are chilled, packed and labelled in our custom built packhouse.

We supply many of the major supermarkets including Marks and Spencer and Tesco.  We strive to produce high quality fruit, full of flavour to meet the high standards demanded by our customers.

All of our berries are chilled, packed and labelled in our custom built packhouse. We are fully BRC accredited.  In 2016 we will pack 6 million punnets of fruit!