6 of the best greengrocers in the North West
PUBLISHED: 00:00 13 May 2016
Our region has some of the best greengrocers, as Emma Mayoh discovered
Strongs Fruit and Vegetables, Lytham
There is a reason Strongs received a national award for Retailer of the Year. Their shop on Lytham’s main shopping street is stacked with fresh fruit and vegetables, salads and seasonal produce. They are also a specialist supplier of difficult to find produce.
Established in 1984, the family business takes care to source local produce and support growers in the area. They also do a vegetable delivery service that caters to the local area as well as nationwide. A world away from the stack it high, sell it cheap that some larger stores adopt, Strongs pride themselves on serving the local community, including the customers who have stayed with them throughout the decades the greengrocers have been in business.
Granny Smith’s, Ambleside
This grocery in Market Place is popular with locals and tourists alike. There are plenty of fresh fruit and vegetables to buy as well as wholefoods which are vegetarian and vegan friendly. There are also pastas, sauces and other cheeses.
Provenance Food Hall, Westhoughton
This former toy shop has been transformed into a foodie’s paradise. Fatigued with the limitations traditional supermarkets offered, the owners decided to combine a butchers, bakers, greengrocers and deli under one roof – there is also a tea room and restaurant.
In the greengrocers, produce is sourced locally where possible from a variety of award-winning suppliers with the seasons always in mind. Alongside British produce, more unusual food is also stocked. The produce, which is never packaged in plastic, is delivered daily so it is as fresh as possible.
This is a greengrocer with a difference. Herbie is a project borne out of the sustainable charity MERCi. By shopping with this business, which aims to help people improve their health, support is being given to local communities from gardening initiative to school fruit markets. It is a fruit and vegetable box delivery scheme that supplies homes and offices. But what makes this group stand apart is its mobile greengrocer service. Herbie does street stops at key points in the communities each Wednesday and Thursday around Ancoats so residents and workers all have easy access to fresh fruit and veg.
Fletchers Fruit and Veg, Grange-over-Sands
This family business, owned by Richard and Jennifer Fletcher and their two sons Andrew and Rick, sells fresh produce and speciality goods from around the world. There is a strong focus on seasonal produce from fresh fruit, vegetables, fish and a wide range of dried goods from dried fruits, nuts, pulses, herbs and spices.
They also supply honey, marmalades and preserves as well as essential ingredients for cooking.
Jennings Greengrocers is a family run business owned by Karl and Carol Jennings. They have been in business for 18 years. They sell and deliver fresh fruit and vegetables but also other locally sourced produce including freshly pressed juices, free range eggs homemade cranberry sauce.
They are a part of the community with many locals choosing to buy their fresh produce at the Birkdale shop.