Le Maistre Family
La Rue Malo
Master Farms is the company name for the Le Maistre family business which has been growing in the south-east corner of Jersey since 1841. It has evolved from the original family farm based at Les Pres Manor and founded by Charles Alan Le Maistre; it is now owned and managed by Peter and Philip Le Maistre and Philip’s son, Philip.
The farm consists of around 1,000 vergees, (about 180 hectares) growing a wide range of crops. As with all businesses change has been inevitable. The farm concentrated on cider orchards in the 19th century, outdoor tomatoes and Jersey Royals in the 20th century and organic vegetables in the 21st century. The one constant feature of the farm over the past 160 years has been the Jersey cow. Master Farms has a herd based at Westlands Farm in St Brelade and the herd at Les Pres Manor is managed by Peter and Philips’ nephew John. The cows play a fundamental role in the organic production cycle and at the present time the range of crops produced organically includes Potatoes, Courgettes, Broad Beans and Cauliflower. The total organic area is approximately 270 vergees (50 hectares)
Master Farms also owns Jersey Quality Produce, the marketing side of the company, which is situated at Woodlands in Grouville which has the Packhouse, potato storage sheds, accommodation and polythene tunnels.
Jersey Quality Produce markets the produce from our own farm and produce for other growers on the Island.
Since 2015, Peter’s son, Matthew, has taken on the day-to-day running of Jersey Quality Produce and Philip’s son, Philip, has taken on the running of the dairy herd at Westlands giving a new ideas and renewed enthusiasm for the agricultural industry.
Master Farms has a Social Media presence on Facebook and Instagram showing the public the day-to-day running of the farm and the different practises we use to enhance the environment and grow the delicious, fresh, local produce that everyone can find in supermarkets, farm shops and their 4 road side stalls dotted around Jersey.