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The RHS London Harvest Festival - What does Organic Mean to You?

It’s widely believed that eating organic fruits and vegetables is pretty good for your health. Growing your own produce can also be a satisfying and rewarding thing to do.

It is therefore no wonder why the idea of fresh and seasonal produce has entered many people’s minds lately and has made its way into the agricultural and landscaping industry news.

What Does Fresh Produce Mean to You?

Recently published on Horticulture Week online was news regarding fresh and organic produce and the issues it has been facing within the sector.

Riik Zwaan UK recently held an organic open day in Somerset to discuss the performance of organic produce in the food industry. It has been said that there has been a return to growth within the last 18 months and there seems to be a trend in organic produce outperforming non-organic in many sectors.

From the event came many new insights. In discussion was the viewpoint of customers, regarding organic produce. Although organic options are seen as being healthier for the environment; cost can often be an issue for customers. Supplying schools was also said to be challenging as wholesalers can tender for it. They suggested that offering schools visits to their local farm could help build better relationships.

You can see other points that were raised during the conference by visiting the website. But what do you think about organic produce? Are the higher prices worth the investment?

Trendy Treats

Also featured in the news on Horticulture Week online was the topic of pears and their recent impressive sales performance. According to the article on the site, Waitrose has started stocking English pears three weeks earlier than last year. Sales of loose pears at Waitrose have increased by nearly 40% and the bosses believe it is likely down to the fruit’s recent appearance on the BBC’s popular show, The Great British Bake Off.

It maybe makes you wonder what impact the media can have on what we choose to buy and eat in our own homes and whether we are susceptible to opting for ‘trendy’ foods.

The RHS London Harvest Festival Show

One event planned to celebrate seasonal produce is the RHS London Harvest Festival Show. The upcoming show will give visitors the opportunity to taste and buy tasty harvest produce, as well as enjoy many other aspects of the show.

The London Harvest Festival Show, due to take place from 7th-8th October at the Lindley Hall in Westminster, London - will feature UK nurseries, growers and independent food producers gathered together to celebrate the autumn season.

For handy tips and inspiration, there will be a creative central feature displayed by RHS Chelsea Flower Show medal winners, Pennard Plants. The display will offer inventive solutions to growing your fruits and vegetables in small spaces.

You will also be able to get involved in apple tasting with the RHS Garden Wisley sampling sessions, as well as sizing up the giant pumpkins competing in the RHS Heaviest Pumpkin Competition.

If it’s delicious food and drink you’re after, you will be able to sample home-made cider, pumpkin soup from By Word of Mouth, chesse from Abel & Cole, and dim sum from the Garlic Farm.

Gain new ideas and information from the Wild Wood who are holding a talks’ programme during the event, and sample some seasonal fruit cocktails at the RHS Harvest Festival Late, taking place on Tuesday 7th October from 6-9pm. You will also get the chance to listen to music from folk artist, Robin Grey during this special part of the show.

Food for Thought…

If you are interested in the topic of fresh or organic produce or you are planning on visiting the RHS London Harvest Festival Show this week, let us know. We would love to get some opinions on the thoughts we have raised.

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