This July 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.

#8 Pattison’s Fruit, Walton Street Market (Weds + Saturdays)

Veg seller visit number 8 is to 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.

https://www.lovepotatoes.co.uk/varieties/smooth-potatoes/marfona/

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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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#7 is to Paradise Mini Market, 194 Spring Bank

Greengrocer visit number 7 is to Paradise Mini Market on Spring Bank, a street with no shortage of fruit & veg displays on shop fronts.
Haidar has been in Hull 10 years and selling veg for 8. His own personal favourite is avocado. When he’s not at work, Haidar enjoys spending time with his 5 year old daughter or tending to his garden.
In the summer the shop will slice you a watermelon, so if eating a juicy watermelon is your idea of paradise, you know where to head!

#springbank #hull #hullvegcity #vegetables #vegcities #knowyourgreengrocer #hullthy #healthyhull #watermelon @foodhull

#6 Five a Day, 157 Chanterlands Avenue, Hull

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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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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#5 Danny’s, 342 Hessle Road, Hull

No.5 for Veg Cities Hull “Know Your Greengrocer” is Danny’s at 342 Hessle Road.
Graham, Danny’s Dad, has been selling fruit & veg for 50 years. Danny took over in 2010 leaving Graham to focus on running the florist’s next door. Danny is friendly and his shop is ideal for young families with children under 4 yrs as he accepts healthy start vouchers.
In his spare time Danny likes to relax and also goes to army cadets a couple of evenings a week.

#healthyhull #hullvegcity #vegetables #vegcities #hessleroad #hullthy #knowyourgreengrocer #vegpoweruk #hull #healthystartvouchers

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#4 Akdeniz International, 200 Spring Bank, Hull

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?

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#3 Coyle & Sons, The Original Barrow Boys, King Edward Square, Hull

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 vegetables 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 fairly 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 is an ex-champion himself – in bodybuilding.

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#2 M&H Quality Greengrocers, 93 Newland Avenue, Hull

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?

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#1 Fruitopia, 72 Newland Avenue, Hull

This month for Veg Cities 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.
We start with Linda at Fruitopia on west Hull’s bustling Newland Avenue, who’s been selling vegetables for 40 years!
Fruitopia is open 7 days-a-week, have a great range of fresh produce and accept Healthy Start vouchers.