Quite simply put fruit and vegetables run in Nick O’Mahoney’s blood. He left school at 16 and went to work for his dad who had two greengrocer’s shops, in Streatham and Mitcham.
When O’Mahoney Senior retired nineteen years later, Nick, a regular in New Covent Garden, joined market based fresh produce wholesaler, Turners, as a salesman and in 1997 took up a post at Poupart’s wholesale branch in Covent Garden.
In February 2003 he teamed up with Grenville Snowdon to found London Fresh, a wholesaler whose range would complement French Garden’s specialist produce.
A family connection may have found Sean his first job in the market but it is hard work and dedication that has kept him there.
A move to wholesalers, C&C, after four years working in distribution for a company supplying hotels and restaurants, showcased Sean’s obvious potential, as he built displays on buyers’s walk, and French Garden founder, Grenville Snowdon, invited him to join the team.
Starting as a junior salesman in May 2001, Sean blossomed in his new role, quickly building links with some of the best fruit growers across the globe. When London Fresh opened in 2003 Sean was an obvious choice for the new line-up.
In 1973 Terry started at Vitacress in The Borough Market, which was in those days still an outlet for wholesale traders.
The job enabled him to forge strong relationships with many of the UK’s leading salad growers so when he moved to Philips, a Covent Garden wholesaler, in 1980, he was the obvious choice to run their salad section.
In 1991 Terry took his contacts and experience and joined Bill Lodge and when the company was bought out by London Fresh in 2008 Terry and his unequalled collection of growers became an invaluable member of the team.
Also an employee of Bill Lodge, Glen joined London Fresh during the takeover in September 2008, but his long experience with fruit and veg dates right back to childhood when he used to work on his uncle’s market stalls in Wood Green, London, during the school holidays.
Despite leaving the business after he left school to work in turf accountancy, the lure of fresh produce was too strong, and he eventually returned to the market trade, joining Covent Garden wholesalers, Mack & Edwards, rapidly worked his way up from dissection clerk to salesman.
In the early nineties Glen spent a couple of years at Starns in Western International Market but came back to Covent Garden to work with Bill Lodge, then London Fresh, bringing his enviable portfolio of top English veg growers with him.