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Grower Profile: Mark Eastwood

He may not be the largest fruit grower in terms of size, but few can beat Mark Eastwood for attention to detail.

Product Profile: Wasabi and Watercress

This is the intertwined story of two feisty food plants - both highly prized in their respective food cultures, which have evolved 5,000 miles apart.

Grower Profile: Plumpton College

Who are the farmers of tomorrow? Here on Buyers' Walk, you seldom cross paths with the young men and women training for a career in food production.

Grower Profile: South West Garlic Farm

"I found my true self doing this," says Mark Botwright, a.k.a. 'The Garlic Farmer', at this remote hillside farm in Dorset. "It's exactly where I should be in life – I'm just happy."

Grower Profile: Smithy Mushrooms

"It's mad how passionate you get about it," says John Dorrian, the largest Shiitake mushroom grower in the UK.

Product Profile: Radicchio

Of all the vegetables, the story of radicchio is most like Beauty and the Beast: a transformation from a wizened mess to an exquisite and on-trend ingredient.

Grower Profile: Koppert Cress

What is the future for micro herbs? A decade or so after they first hit the Market, this popular product is shaking off its image as merely a pretty garnish on the plate.

Product Profile: Christmas Fruit and Vegetables

Here on the Market, the run-up to Christmas is always frenetic – a buzzing build-up of phone calls, orders and deliveries until the festive break.

Product Profile: Fenland Celery

"The phone is just non-stop," says Hamish Mellor, as he checks on early harvests of Fenland celery.

Customer Profile: Lunch Bxd

"We're trying to brighten up your lunchtime – to make healthy food fun and interesting," explains chef Naomi Twigden (pictured below right), co-founder of Lunch Bx