I don't have the bags now Dove, we've been on our own veg for almost a whole year now. My disintegrating carrots came from the local Morrisons and Tesco which are major supermarkets. It wasn't a one off either, I noticed that carrots we bought didn't keep for several years before biting the bullet and digging up the lawn
I kept some of my carrots in the ground under straw and plastic this winter. Worked well, lost a few to rotting, but still digging out plenty that are really fresh. The first I dug up seemed to have a bit or root fly damage, but the rest have been perfect.
Brother supplies Waitrose, M&S, Tesco, Sainsbugs etc. He said none of them would accept carrots that aren't in perfect condition. They'd be sent back to him and he'd lose his contract. Something's going wrong somewhere - you're in North Essex aren't you? Brother's a bit north of you ...
Mid Essex, Maldon area Dove. I wonder then if they are supplied as perfect carrots, if it is the storage between the supermarkets purchasing them and when they arrive on the shelves?
My own carrots go sort of limp when they are kept too long. The Supermarket ones that kept disintegrating went to pulp in less than a week after purchase. I did wonder if they were freezing them as some bags had condensation in them. They were definitely sold as 'fresh' though and I thought this meant they would not have been frozen at any point?
Gemma If carrots disintegrate within a week of purchase then there's definitely something very wrong somewhere! It needs to be taken it up with the Veg Manager at the supermarket/s concerned.
Fortunately Dove I don't need to bother them, I don't buy their carrots or any other veg now You are right though I should have complained about it at the time, I'm not really a complainer though by nature, I just sort things out in life myself if I'm not happy about something.
Some of the supermarket staff are surprisingly ignorant - brother was in a supermarket that stocked his produce and notice that some of the potatoes were turning green - he pointed it out to a member of staff who said "Don't worry, they'll soon ripen under the lights!" - Bro stormed off to find the Manager and did a good bit of ear-bashing about staff training!!!
I'd loved to have been listening in on that conversation . Mind you I don't think much training goes on in some supermarkets and you're in luck if you get staff who are even pleasant let alone interested in the stock
I haven't visited this thread for a while, but I am happy to read that some users also wake up. Supermarkets need consumers and not people who use what they sell to start growing their own crops. It's far from me to start yet another discussion in one thread I was offered a Tinfoil Hat (which I would happily wear, btw but it is fact that some control mechanism is taking place.
Just a wee update: this is my garlic as of today, Since my last post there has been a bit more growth some now have more than one leaf too Cold isn't effecting them (i don't think)
In pic the one on the very left was nibbled by my dog...but still hoping it will recover.
How is everyone elses garlic coming along?