Food news - A decade of vegetable delivery

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When Chris and Mary Watson were browsing the Riverford organic vegetable delivery website a decade ago, they took a new franchise on offer as a sign.

The couple had been looking for a reason to relocate back to Mary’s home city of Sheffield - and found it that day.

They have now just celebrated a decade of running the business in Sheffield.

“Little did we know how life-changing that franchise would be – or that we’d still be successfully trading and growing the business a decade on,” said Chris.

Around 70 per cent of Riverford produce is grown in the UK, with 100 per cent of its meat reared here.

In their first delivery week the couple made just 60 deliveries. They now live in Greenhill, employ two full time delivery staff and have over 1, 000 customers across Sheffield, the Peak District and surrounding areas, with plans for further expansion. And, ten years on, the couple still have new ideas.

Chris added: “We’re looking at setting up cookery classes to teach people how to make the most of seasonal vegetables and explore the creative things you can do with them and we want to get our supper clubs going again too.”

Call for festival feedback

Organisers of Sheffield Food Festival are urging people who attended to give feedback on the event.

The weekend celebration was the first put together by Events Collective.

A short survey to fill in is available at and those who complete it will go into a prize draw to win two places on a School of Artisan Food beer and cheese tasting course plus a £30 voucher for Cutlers Spice. The closing date is June 30.