The Lenza's history at Llanvihangel Crucorney Fruit Farm began when Peppe moved to the UK from Italy in 1957 at just 19 years old. He came to work for the family who are still resident at the court. It wasnt until 1969 that Peppe took over the business for himself. 

It was in 1973 when he began to grow varieties of vegetables that were Italian and it was from this that he began to supply The famous Walnut Tree Restuarant for 25 years and Vin Sullivans for 30years. Peppe was growing Romanesco over 25 years ago, at a time when very few knew what they were.

During the same year that Peppe turned 80, he was joined by his youngest daughter Claudia. Some changes were made to the farm including a play area and animals to feed. In respect to growing, Claudia is hoping to keep up the families tradition of growing varieties that are not available in the supermarkets, under a watchful eye of her father. During her first year, she has grown white strawberries, purple cauliflower and plenty of cime di rapa. Peppe is still very active and is at the farm most days, testiment to a healthy lifestyle that his diet and lifestyle no doubt play a major role in.