This summer we’re visiting Hull’s hard-working greengrocers to ask them about their work keeping the people of Hull supplied with fresh vegetables! We’ll also be asking a few friendly questions about their lives as a way of introduction, if you’ve yet to visit their shop.

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Our 9th and final visit for 'Know Your Greengrocer' is to Chak & Sue's in Trinity Market, Old Town. Open 7:30-16:30 Mon-Sat. Sue has been selling fruit and veg since she left school. In that time she's seen Trinity Market refurbished not once but twice.  Her most popular sellers in summer are white cabbage & carrots, in winter broccoli & cauliflower. Less popular vegetables Sue recommends are celeriac and kohlrabi. Her own favourite veg – carrots, boiled. When she's not selling veg, Sue enjoys clothes shopping and her favourite thing about Hull is Trinity Market, which after 43 years service, is just as well. Well done Sue! @foodhull #hull #food #hullthy #hullvegcity #vegcities #knowyourgreengrocer #vegetables #healthyhull #hulltrinitymarket #kohlrabi #celeriac #carrots #cauliflower #greengrocer @trinitymarkethull

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Veg seller visit number 8 is Pattison’s Fruit who you’ll find at Walton Street Market on Wednesdays and Saturdays 8am – 1pm. They’re at Beverley Market on Saturdays 8am – 4pm. The family business has been handed down to Lee, a fourth generation fruiterer who really knows his onions. He’s been selling fresh fruit & veg for 56 years now, in fact, since he was 4 years old at Driffield Show – when he sold strawberries standing on an orange box. Pattison’s buy everything for flavour and are popular with discerning customers who appreciate great tasting veg. For example their marfona potatoes, which when grown in a limestone soil, have an amazing flavour. A fact not many people know that when Lee was 12 years old, he saved a man’s from drowning. The man was having an epileptic fit and fell off a boat into the lake at East Park during Hull Show. The paramedics said that the man would have died if he’d been under the water another minute. Lee recommends celeriac and kohlrabi to anyone who hasn’t yet tried them, and there are very few people in Hull more knowledgeable than Lee to ask for a recommendation. www.hullfoodpartnership.org.uk/greengrocers https://www.lovepotatoes.co.uk/varieties/smooth-potatoes/marfona/ @foodhull #hull #food #hullthy #hullvegcity #vegcities #knowyourgreengrocer #vegetables #waltonstreethull #vegetables #healthyhull #fruiterer #marfonapotatoes #celeriac #kohlrabi

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Greengrocer’s No.6 for Hull’s "Know Your Greengrocer" is Five-a-Day on Chanterlands Avenue: a family run business, with a fresh approach. The shop is open 7-days a week and has a airy interior that’s not overcrowded. They’re very keen to minimise plastic packaging and no veg goes to waste – anything less-than-fresh goes in a basket by the till for customers to take home free. We spoke to mum Mandy, who has been selling veg for 8 years. She told us that when not selling veg she enjoys spending time in her garden. However, daughter Emma revealed that her mum is a secret adrenaline junkie, who’s driven a Ferrari, Lamborghini and Aston Martin at high speed at a local race track and hopes to do a parachute jump one day! www.hullfoodpartnership.org.uk @foodhull #hull #food #hullthy #hullvegcity #vegcities #knowyourgreengrocer #vegetables #chanterlandsavenue #fiveaday #nowaste #foodwaste #plasticfree

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No.4 'Know Your Greengrocer' is Layla at Akdeniz International Market, 200-202 Spring Bank. Akdeniz have an impressive display of fresh produce outside, which must take some moving every morning.  Layla has been working there for 5 years. Her own personal favourite vegetable at the moment is radishes – and she recommends okra to anyone who hasn't yet tried it.  When not selling veg, Layla enjoys spending time with her daughter. Not many people know this, but Layla has a talent for art, and enjoys drawing and painting. Perhaps Layla could paint a still life – how about a bowl of fruit & veg? www.hullfoodpartnership.org.uk/greengrocers #vegcities #hullthy #hullvegcity #springbank #hull #vegpoweruk #radishes #vegetables #valka #Layla #akdeniz #okra #knowyourgreengrocer

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Next up for ‘Know Your Greengrocer’ is Coyle & Sons, Hull’s chief ‘costermongers’. Costermonger is a word going back to the early 16th century for a street seller of fruit & veg from a cart, hence the name Coyle & Sons, The Original Barrow Boys. Not many people get up earlier than dad Chris, who’s been selling veg for 41 years. Coyle & Sons is located on King Edward Square, and with a public tap nearby, ideal for rinsing Coyle’s local Keyingham strawberries before eating them in the city centre. It’s well-known that the three Coyle sons are all professional sportsmen: Tommy boxing, Joe golf and Lewie football, while youngest brother Rocco is a junior at Hull City. People might not know that dad Chris was a ex-champ himself – at bodybuilding. www.hullfoodpartnership.org.uk/greengrocers #hullvegcity #vegcities  #knowyourgreengrocer  #hullcitycentre #greengrocers #hull #vegpoweruk  #costermonger

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Next up for ‘Know Your Greengrocer’ we’re visiting Sky at M&H Quality Fruit & Veg at 93 Newland Avenue. The shop is open 7 days-a-week: Mon – Sat 7:30 til 5:30 pm and Sundays 9 – 4 pm. Shopkeeper Sky has been selling vegetables for 9 years. When we visited, she served us with a delicious vegetable soup made from some of her produce. M&H have got a great range of fresh produce including some less well known such as mooli / daikons (oriental white radish) and are very keen to keep plastic waste to a minimum, which has got to be a good thing. We’ll be visiting as many greengrocers in Hull as we can this month. Can you recommend one near you? www.hullfoodpartnership.org.uk/greengrocers #hullvegcity #vegcities #knowyourgreengrocer #newlandavenue#greengrocers #hull #vegpoweruk

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