It’s a really exciting time for us at Thanet Earth as word reaches us that the eagerly-awaited first flowers have appeared on the young tomato plants in our very shiny, very new greenhouse. That means by the end of March we’ll be starting the harvest from the 293,500 tomato plants inside it. This is the fifth greenhouse on our site near Birchington on the north coast of East Kent, a site where we also grow peppers and cucumbers in our environmentally-friendly setting. With this new crop, we calculate that our delicious Kent tomatoes will account for about 18% of all tomatoes grown in the UK.
So while we await news of the first pick from greenhouse number five, we’ve been keeping busy and finding new independent retail outlets like farm shops in Kent where we can sell our own brand of products this year, and we’re proud as punch to have been accepted into the Produced in Kent umbrella. Our Education Officer is planning yet more school and teacher visits to our site for Thanet schools, and we’re just about to launch our very popular schools recipe competition for an incredible 6th year.