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Digital Subscriptions > Delicious Magazine > September 2018 > ”IT’S A NO-BRAINER: GOING ORGANIC IS A BETTER WAY TO FARM IF YOU CAN”

”IT’S A NO-BRAINER: GOING ORGANIC IS A BETTER WAY TO FARM IF YOU CAN”

From a tiny seed sown back in 1993, Riverford Organic Farmers has grown to be the country’s mightiest veg box scheme, championing flavourful, characterful veg varieties. Lucas Hollweg travelled to south Devon to meet the company’s founder and talked to a grower with a penchant for small green cucumbers with a big flavour

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Riverford Organic Farmers founder Guy Singh-Watson
PHOTOGRAPHS MARK BENHAM

The name Riverford is likely to be familiar to anyone with an interest in organic food. As one of the UK’s largest organic fruit and veg box suppliers, it delivers to 50,000 homes each week, offering seasonal treats such as kohlrabi and globe artichokes alongside everyday staples. In organic terms, it’s a pretty big business – Riverford Organic Farmers turns over more than £50m a year – and now sells meat as well as veg. But its aim has stayed the same: to produce food that tastes good and is grown in harmony with nature.

I met Guy Singh-Watson, the company’s founder, at Riverford HQ on Wash Farm in Buckfastleigh, south Devon. It was high summer and the hedgerows were alive with birdsong and the buzz of insects. If you had to imagine the perfect setting for an organic farm, this lush landscape on the edge of the Dart Valley would surely come pretty close.

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As summer wanes and turns to autumn, the September issue of delicious. gets cosy with favourite curries and a classic blackberry and apple crumble. Mellow fruitfulness indeed! Michel Roux Jr shows what he rustles up at home, Angela Hartnett puts on a feast for sharing and Gill Meller cooks a lobster spaghetti. Plus we’ve got Zoe Adjonyoh’s Ghanaian menu, a simple guide to pickling and fermenting (everyone’s doing it), a spectacular salted peanut mousse and chocolate meringue stack and much more. Gorgeous.