Bites: A real growth market

The IoS campaign to get children growing their own fruit and vegetables is both admirable and accessible, and becoming quite the thing for schools around the country. My daughter's primary has such a thriving green space that it could start supplying its own canteen before long. Professionals have been picking up their trowels ever since Sam and Sam Clark, the couple behind Moro, grew their own produce on an east London allotment (and wrote a book about it).

The 25-year-old Oxfordshire restaurant Le Manoir aux Quat'Saisons (01844 278 881, www.manoir.com) has been growing its own produce for years, but its new innovation is a recently planted "mushroom valley" that will offer 18 varieties of funghi (pictured) for diners. It's an exciting prospect that only restaurants in rural surroundings can hope to emulate, but I'd like to see hanging baskets outside pubs replaced by window boxes growing different varieties of tomatoes, at the very least...

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