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Farm based in old air raid shelter starts selling salads to major supermarket

A farm based in a former air raid shelter beneath a London high street has begun selling its salads to a major supermarket.

Growing Underground is selling five salad mixes in its first range through online supermarket Ocado in the first major retail deal for the five-year-old business.

Co-founder Steven Dring said the farm under Clapham High Street had huge potential for expansion and was currently using just one eighth of 65,000 square feet available in its current location.

The leaves already harvested are English mustard, broccoli shoots, pea shoots, salad rocket, garlic chives, fennel, coriander, purple radish and pink stem radish.

The Ocado deals come as supermarkets struggle to source salad ingredients, courgettes, broccoli and cabbage after a cold snap on the continent hit suppliers in Spain and Italy.

We're so pleased that Ocado have put their faith in a small start-up that is working hard to promote innovation and sustainability in British farming, and are very encouraged by what this could mean for the future of the industry.

– Steven Dring, co-founder