Is this just a strange coincidence or a manifestation of repressed wishful thinking?
Whilst analysing this year’s veg sales, the team at mail order seed specialists D.T. Brown have discovered an interesting trend. Since the Brexit vote last year, sales of vegetable seeds with European connections are considerably up on last year, however some with British links have performed poorly.
Vegetables such as French Beans, Brussels Sprouts, and Swiss Chard have seen sales grow by up to 44% this season and even varieties named after European towns and cities have done well. Top performers include Carrots Paris Atlas and Amsterdam Forcing 3, Lettuce Barcelona, Tomato Roma and Florence Fennel.
Strangely, those with British links haven’t fared so well. Courgette Best of British, Leek Pennine, Onion Bristol and Carrot Norwich have all seen sales fall.
“I’m not sure this is due to a conscious decision by our customers, perhaps something is influencing gardeners at a subliminal level?” Says D.T. Brown’s Tim Jeffries “However, Grow Your Own has never been more popular and we’ve seen a huge increase in vegetable seed sales this season, driven in part by rising food prices and import problems earlier in the year.”
Top performing ‘Euro Veg’
• Climbing French Beans up 44%
• Brussels Sprouts up 8%
• Swiss Chard Bright Yellow up 19%
• Carrot Paris Atlas up 23%
• Courgette Tuscany up 52%
• Radish French Breakfast up 11%
• Carrot Amsterdam 3 Seed Tape up 28%
• Cabbage Dutchman up 24%
• Lettuce Barcelona up up 4%
• Tomato Roma up 8%
• Florence Fennel up 7%
British varieties not doing so well
• Courgette Best of British down 30%
• Leek Pennine down 32%
• Onion Bristol down 26%
• Broad Bean Green Windsor down 11%
• Carrot Norwich down 29%
• Leek Lancaster down 22%
To request a copy of the new Fruit and Vegetable Grower’s Seed and Plant Catalogue 2017, write to D. T. Brown Seeds, Bury Road, Newmarket CB8 7PQ, telephone 0845 371 05 32, or go online www.dtbrownseeds.co.uk