Meet the fruit and veg family feeding Bath
It's based in converted garages on a busy Bath rat run.
But it's a business that makes all the difference to the city's top chefs.
Many of the dishes being served up during the Great Bath Feast food festival will feature fruit or veg supplied by Eades Greengrocers.
Tucked away behind the Royal Crescent on Crescent Lane, the family-run shop is one of just a handful of greengrocers left in the Bath area.
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They have been feeding the people of Bath for five generations, and now the Eades family are supplying produce for the city's top restaurants.
The family business, now run by Tony Eades, 69, and his son Mike, 36, can be traced back to the First World War.
Its original shop was bombed during the Bath Blitz in 1942, and a makeshift store was set up in old mews on Crescent Lane before the business moved into converted garages in the 1960s, where it has remained until this day.
In its beginning the greengrocers supplied fruit and vegetables for dinner tables across Bath, all grown in a few fields at Swainswick.
Almost 100 years later the family now own 30 acres of land there, and produce enough food not only to feed households but also to supply restaurants on a commercial footing.
The family business is now considered the greengrocer of choice by many chefs, supplying the likes of Beaujolais, Demuths, Menu Gordon Jones and the Queensberry Hotel.
Mike said: "Chefs are that passionate about what they are serving and getting it right they will write menus around what is available.
"They will come in the morning and see what's fresh, and that's what gets served at lunchtime.
"In many of the restaurants in Bath, they are looking to write menus around what is available, what's seasonal, which is a risk when you have the AA visiting and choosing anything on the menu because at the end of the day we can't control mother nature, but it doesn't look good if the judges choose something that's not available."
Mike said he was keen for his children William, five, and Elizabeth, four, to become the sixth generation and carry the passion and expertise forward.
He said: "You've got to be passionate about it because it is a cut-throat industry and there's always someone coming along wanting to do something new and different – we've got to stay at the top.
"How many greengrocers are there? We are a dying breed.
"A lot of people like convenience. They like getting a trolley, going to a supermarket and driving home but some people are still prepared to come in and buy things on a daily basis that are fresh."
The Great Bath Feast goes on throughout October and aims to underline the city's importance as a food and drink centre.
Full details of the festival funded by Bath Tourism Plus and the Bath Business Improvement District are GreatBathFeast.co.uk