Introducing Wild Country Organics
We've been wanting to source produce from Wild Country Organics for a while but until the Better Food Shed (a new not-for-profit wholesaler that connects small scale organic growers with London's small veg box schemes) was set up, he was only selling to the Growing Communities box scheme. Now the Shed gives him as easy way to sell to the veg schemes in our London network so we can all enjoy his amazing produce.
Adrian Izzard grows a wide range of organic salad leaves (which won the Soil Association Organic Awards in 2014) and Asian greens such as pak choi, tatsoi, mustard leaves and coriander in his unheated glasshouses at Great Abingdon, Cambridgeshire. He likes to grow a wide range of unusual produce so expect some new kinds of greens int he coming months. In the summer we can also look forward to tomatoes, aubergines and tomatillos from Wild Country too.
Adrian grew up on his family farm and when his parents retired he took it on and converted it to organic – this was a bold move back in the late nineties when horticulture was generally deemed as no longer viable, partly due to the fact that horticultural farming does not receive any government subsidy and supermarkets don't pay enough for the produce. But he made it work by focusing on selling direct to the customer via farmers' market. You can read more about Adrian Izzard and his farm here