Tomato seed sales rocket 40% with First World War varieties the flavour of the month – but gardeners fear EU clampdown
- Foodies and tomato lovers tiring of buying mass-produced supermarket varieties
- Most popular tomato seeds include varieties introduced before WWI, like ‘Harbinger’
Sales of ‘heirloom’ British tomato seeds are soaring as foodies and tomato lovers tire of buying mass-produced supermarket varieties and turn to home-growing.
Tomato seed sales were up 40 per cent in the 2013 season according to figures from The Organic Gardening Catalogue, which has specialised in supplying seeds – some originating from before World War One – to organic gardeners for 50 years.
Some of the most popular tomato varieties driving the demand include the ‘Harbinger’ (introduced in 1910), ‘Golden Sunrise’ (1896) and ‘Ailsa Craig’ (1925) in an ever-expanding range of more than fifty colours, shapes and sizes.
The demand for more flavoursome fruit and vegetables has expanded alongside British households’ growing fussiness over their groceries and the origin of produce.
But niche tomato varieties stocked by retailers like Waitrose and M&S are often expensive and sometimes disappointing in flavour.
Michael Hedges, managing director of Surrey-based The Organic Gardening Catalogue, said: ‘Tomatoes remain the most widely-grown crop for home growers in the UK, and we’re seeing an increase in interest in the old varieties, ideally suited to home garden growing.
‘They typically have thinner skins, rich flavour and a long harvest and ripening period. It would be hard to find anything like these in the supermarket.
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Four out of five households now buying organic produce, with younger shoppers willing to spend the most, industry report finds
Sales of organic food and drink rose by 2.8% last year after successive years of decline, fuelled by strong growth among independent retailers and healthy online sales.
The organic market in the UK was worth £1.79bn in 2013 – up from £1.74bn in 2012 – according to the 2014 Organic Market Report from the Soil Association, the trade body which licenses organic products as well as representing organic farmers.
The growth is ahead of the overall grocery sales for 2013, which slowed to just 2.1%.There are signs that the trend is set to continue this year – organic sales in January were up by 2.5%, outperforming overall grocery sales which slumped by 3.2%.
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This is a clip taken from the ‘Nigel and Adams Farm Kitchen’ TV series which basically shows us how much room our chickens have to grow, how much access to light and what food they eat.
Watch the video for full information but basically:
A “normal” chicken has 15 birds per square meter.
A “RSPCA” chicken has 13 birds per square meter.
A “‘free range” chicken has 1 square meter to it’s self, it gets to spend around half of it’s life with access to outdoors.
A “organic” bird has 2.5 square meters to it’s self, it gets to spend around a third of it’s life outdoors.
Care about the animal or genuinely how the meat your eating is reared then buy free range and if you can afford it, Organic. Like he says in the clip though, maybe we should eat less meat and buy solely Organic.
I’ve posted this so the customer can make a more informed decision, the choice is completely yours!
Watch this great clip showing supermarket bought chickens being tested in a tab for fat and omega 3 contents. It basically shows that an Organic free range chickens have 10x more omega 3 and is a less fatty product than the rest.
Animals themselves can’t create their own essentially fatty acids (omega 3) they have to get that from plants/grass, along with exercise and a long (slowly grown) life. Free range is the way forward and organically fed makes a lot of sense.