E.Oldroyd & Sons Ltd. are producers and packers of high quality fruit and vegetables.
The family having 5 generations of experience in forced rhubarb production and each year tourists from far and wide flock to their farm at Carlton to see the rhubarb growing in the dark being harvested by candlelight. Visits can be arranged throughout Wakefield’s Rhubarb Festival, and group visits can be arranged from January to March.
The company has a high media profile, being one of the country's largest producers of rhubarb. Many celebrity chefs have made visits to the Oldroyd’s due to the resurgence in popularity of this traditional crop. Janet Oldroyd Hulme has become affectionally known by the media as the ‘High Priestess of Rhubarb’ and the company is listed as a Rick Stein Food
Hero Producer.

 

A NOTE FROM JANET OLDROYD HULME

I dedicate this web site to all growers past and present, and their
devoted staff.

All horticulturalists over the years who have devoted themselves to the improvement of this plant and development of the industry, in particular the late Mr F G Smith, Mr J D Whitwell , Mr M R Bradley. The celebrity chefs and journalists who have helped promote the crop and develop new recipes, but most of all to my father, whose love for, and faith in, both the crop and the industry helped to ensure continued production of forced rhubarb for years to come.

 
E. OLDROYD & SONS - AWARD WINNING


   
YEAR RECIPIENT AWARDED BY AWARD IN RECOGNITION OF
1995 JKO NORTHERN HORTICULTURAL SOCIETY HARLOW CARR MEDAL SERVICES TO THE RHUBARB INDUSTRY
1998 JANET OLDROYD HULME/ NEIL HULME LORD MAYOR OF WAKEFIELD CIVIC RECEPTION CONTRIBUTIONS TO TOURISM AND ECONOMIC REGENERATION WITHIN THE WAKEFIELD AREA
1999 RHUBARB TOURS YORKSHIRE FORWARD WINNER- TOURISM AWARD  
2000 THE RHUBARB TRAIL BRITISH TOURISM - ENGLAND FOR EXCELLENCE AWARDS FINALIST-MARKETING IN TOURISM  
2006 E.OLDROYD & SONS REGIONAL FOOD GROUP YORKS & HUMBER WINNER -YORKSHIRE PRODUCT OF THE YEAR RHUBARB 2006
2006 E.OLDROYD & SONS YORKSHIRE LIFE MAGAZINE WINNER -YORKSHIRE PRODUCT OF THE YEAR  
2006 E.OLDROYD & SONS NEXUS MEDIA- HORTICULTURE INDUSTRY AWARDS FINALIST -SOFT FRUIT GROWER OF THE YEAR  
2007 MR LINDSAY RICHARD HULME NEXUS MEDIA- HORTICULTURE INDUSTRY AWARDS FINALIST- YOUNG BRITISH GROWER OF THE YEAR  
07-08 JANET OLDROYD HULME REGIONAL FOOD GROUP YORKS & HUMBER WINNER- YORKSHIRE CHAMPION IN RECOGNITION OF ALMOST SINGLE HANDEDLY RAISING THE PROFILE OF YORKSHIRE RHUBARB FROM THAT OF HUMBLE SCHOOL DINNER STATUS TO THAT OF SUPER FOOD, AND CELEBRITY CHEF FAVORITE
1ST. MARCH
2010
JANET OLDROYD HULME EUROPEAN COMMISSION FOR  PROTECTED FOODS FOLLOWING 6 YEARS WORK BY JANET OLDROYD HULME ON BEHALF OF THE REMAINING GROWERS THE COMMISSION AWARDED THEIR TOP LEVEL STATUS PROTECTED DESIGNATION OF ORIGIN (PDO) TO YORKSHIRE FORCED RHUBARB.
2011 E.OLDROYD & SONS Horticultural industry grower awards Consumer Marketing Campaign of the Year  
2011 E.OLDROYD & SONS Sainsbury Group Commercial Own Brands Awards  Best Regional Supplier