Riverford Wicked Leeks

onion hysteria

Two weeks ago, when I innocently reported my fears about onion supplies in the coming months, I had no idea what I was unleashing. A seed of media interest was planted when the newsletter arrived with one of our customers who works for the BBC. The seed rapidly germinated and turned into a flourishing national story. From Radio Five Live to BBC Breakfast News, in a matter of hours the humble onion had been transformed from a reliable everyday staple to a precious national treasure worthy of hording in preparation for leaner times ahead.

There is no doubt that my prediction of short supplies will become a reality in the coming weeks and months. How this manifests itself in supermarkets across the land remains to be seen. I suspect that supplies will be found from somewhere, but prices will rise and the carbon footprint will increase.

We have a few plans up our sleeves to see us through the barren months. Firstly we are working with a Dutch grower, Kees, who used to manage our sister farm in Devon. Kees was lucky to avoid some of the worst weather that beset Holland and the UK last summer, so his onion crop seems to be a rare success story. When his crop runs out we