The Simper Family History
Our family has been working and farming in Ramsholt, near Woodbridge, Suffolk since 1942. We are currently growing one of the largest areas of Suffolk asparagus on our fields overlooking the idyllic Deben estuary. We take full advantage of the maritime climate producing some of the earliest asparagus in Britain each year.
Out on the river, we produce Deben mussels and oysters all year round and are currently organising the annual fish and shellfish festival, The Woodbridge Shuck which we helped start in 2011.
Harry Simper started fishing with small open boats when he left school. He now operates our main fishing boat, Silver Harvest from Aldeburgh Beach and was named Young Fisherman of the Year in 2015.
The senior partner of the business, Robert Simper has spent his life farming, boating and writing about his experiences. He is the author of 40 different titles, many of which are available from his publishing company, Creekside Publishing.
Jonathan Simper, as well as being a qualified fishing boat skipper is also a RYA Yachtmaster Coastal Skipper. He is now providing traditional boat charters for up to 6 people on is fully restored Leigh Bawley, the Mary Amelia.
Norman Simper was breeding Suffolk horses in the 1930s. The tradition of equine involvement is continued by Clare Simper who is a Side Saddle Association Instructor and BHS Professional Accredited Coach. We provide assisted horse livery with superb riding out across the sandlings peninsula as well as side saddle tuition.
After starting Deben Shellfish in 2011 we built up a van delivery service to the catering industry called Simpers of Suffolk which we sold to Direct Seafoods in 2015 in order to concentrate on our business, Simpers Silver Harvest LLP, delivering directly to the general public.
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