Grown in England Greenhouse Growers 2

The Green House Growers

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  • Vegetables by Name
  • Cucumbers
  • Tomatoes

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 Hello, we’re The Green House Growers

 We’ve been growing fresh food since 1977, beginning as a small family business with 2.5 acres. Now we have almost 100 acres across our farms in Sussex and Norfolk. Lots has changed in that time, but our values haven’t.

 Over the years, we’ve become known for the best quality and for pioneering sustainability. Our team has more than 200 years of combined experience in growing the best tasting, freshest food.

 We’ve always been at the forefront of reducing environmental impact, whether that’s using bumblebees for pollination or taking care over every drop of water we use. Most recently, we’ve become the first growers to produce low carbon salad – with a reduced carbon footprint of up to 60%.

 

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 Sussex

 We’ve been growing tomatoes at Pollard’s Nursery since 1977, honing our craft to ensure millions of people enjoy our tomatoes at home.

 Our passion for great quality, fresh food is at the heart of everything we do.

 From our original plot of just 2.5 acres, we’ve grown to be one of the largest tomato nurseries in the UK. Whatever our size, we’ve never lost sight of the importance of quality, teamwork and innovation. As we’ve grown our team has grown with us. Our most important asset is our people and we’re proud that collectively we have more than 200 years of growing experience.

 And with our roots stemming from a family business, quality has always been at our heart. Building on our core values, we’ve made a conscious decision to focus on flavour and grow the very best tasting tomatoes.

 

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Norfolk

 We’re proud to be leading the way to a brighter future for British food. No other UK tomato or cucumber producer is doing what we do.

 And we’re delivering at scale. With £100 million of government pension fund investment, our new greenhouses are bigger than 26 football pitches. In just a few years, we’ll be growing 12% of the UK’s tomatoes, from our new nursery in Norwich and 10% of the UK’s cucumbers.

 Our food is high quality and as fresh as it comes. Expertly grown in the UK, it moves quickly from plant to plate. By rooting our business on British soil, we make our supply chains as short, reliable, and efficient as they can possibly be – and we’re creating hundreds of jobs in the process.

 How we grow

 Britain takes 40 million showers a day. Imagine if we could harness the heat from those showers to grow tomatoes in a low carbon way. Not to mention cucumbers. That’s where we come in – growing tomatoes in greenhouses powered by energy from an adjacent water treatment plant.

 Our carbon footprint is amongst the lowest of any producer by a country mile. In fact, our carbon emissions are up to 60% lower.

 Crop productivity in our greenhouses is ten times higher than growing without a greenhouse. We also use ten times less water than traditional farming and, thanks to our innovative recirculation technology, we don’t waste a drop. Our growing techniques reduce the need for nasty pesticides too, which is better for the planet and our health.

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Are tomatoes fruit or veg?

 What’s the difference between knowledge and wisdom? Are tomatoes fruit or veg?

 These are two of life’s most vexing questions – and Google’s biggest searches. Although equally puzzling, they seem to have little more in common than the intensity with which they’re debated. Their complexities have been picked apart for centuries, at dinner parties across the globe, in the common rooms of Oxford’s most esteemed academic colleges, and the dingy bar of The Red Lion pub.

 As any seven-year-old will surely tell you, of course, tomatoes are a fruit. They’ve got a point, scientifically speaking. Fruits develop from the flower of a plant, say botanists and nutritionists. They contain seeds, rather than roots, leaves or stems. Sound familiar, tomato lovers? That’s one point for our slightly smug child.

 Unfortunately, however, the law’s not on their side. In 1893, the US Supreme Court was forced to wade in on the matter. At the time, tariffs were charged on fruits imported to America but not on vegetables. A case was brought by the Nix family against Edward Hedden, Port of New York tax collector, to claw back the money they’d spent bringing tomatoes into the States.

The case hinged on culinary lexicon. In everyday conversation and cookery, tomatoes were considered vegetables. As the court stated, tomatoes were “usually served at dinner in, with, or after the soup, fish, or meats which constitute the principal part of the repast, and not, like fruits generally, as dessert”. They decided that common language trumped scientific classification and tomatoes were veg. It was official. The ruling still stands, influencing trade tariffs to this day.

 But what if you’re not up for using antiquated legal precedent to get one over on small children? Perhaps it’s time to return to life’s great questions: Knowledge verses wisdom, fruit versus veg.

 As the late humorist Miles Kington pointed out, they’re not so unrelated. One is – in fact – the key to explaining the other. Knowledge is being aware that a tomato is a fruit. Wisdom is not putting it in a fruit salad.

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