Salad from North Highlands of Scotland in growing demand
Knockfarrel Produce and Natural Vegetable Company supply Highland schools and care homes with salad leaves
Knockfarrel Produce is run by Jo Hunt and Lorna Walker from a 40-acre, certified organic croft on the western edge of the Black Isle.
When a consortium of 17 small producers including Knockfarrel were unsuccessful in winning a Highland Council catering tender in 2008, the resulting outcry saw the council change their sourcing policies. In 2012 Knockfarrel and the Natural Vegetable Company won a joint contract to supply salad leaves to 117 Highland schools and 34 care homes.
The feedback has been impressive. ‘Now, I really believe that the chefs want this produce,’ says Hunt. ‘We were originally asked to send lettuces similar to icebergs – but we also chucked in some others.
This year, the Council just asked us to choose the varieties that grow well, and they’ll use them: they’re tastier, and kids eat more of them.’