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The fine foodie on Green Tye’s tasty tomatoes

PUBLISHED: 11:43 17 February 2015 | UPDATED: 11:43 17 February 2015

Young tomatoes at Guy and Wright

Young tomatoes at Guy and Wright

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Sharon Struckman visits one of the greenest tomato producers in the UK

Just picked ripe tomatoes from the Green Tye nurseryJust picked ripe tomatoes from the Green Tye nursery

It’s just been Valentine’s Day, so what better than to write about the ‘pomme d’amour’ – the tomato, which as its French name suggests, was once believed to have aphrodisiacal powers. My quest was to find a Hertfordshire tomato grower. What I discovered are some of the greenest red tomatoes you can find.

Guy and Wright is a family-run horticultural business in Green Tye, a hamlet near Much Hadham, which has been in operation since 1928. Run by John Jones, the great-grandson of Guy, the core of the business is producing British tomatoes for nine months each year.

Over the past 15 years there have been many changes and diversifications at the company, including the installation in 2000 of five micro-turbines for electrical generation and CO2 production (most of the electricity is exported to the grid and bought by Waitrose). And from 2005 Guy and Wright has had machinery specifically built and designed to run on biogas. All the heat produced and 90 per cent of the exhaust gases are used in the greenhouses.

The nursery is one of the only independent tomato producers using CO2 recovered from a biogas engine. Today 99 per cent of its heat demand is met by the production of its own green power. Jones said the company is looking to attract discerning customers who care about carbon footprints and want to travel along with Guy and Wright on a very green road.

The company supplies Herts farm shops, butchers and supermarkets. Visitors are also welcome at the nursery to buy the tomatoes, and there is an honesty box for when no one is around.

For more information and to watch videos of the production process, go to guyandwright.com

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