Matts Life 19th February 2016

Matts Life

Well, needless to say the wrestling was a non starter, the only thing he’s managed to wrestle with is his weight ….and he lost!

On another note, Matt’s driving skills have put him in bother again, Recently when the traffic was bad, Matt thought he’d be a smart ass and take a short cut that no-one was using, which worked well all except the blind P**T went up a street the wrong way and didn’t even know…. until the penalty came in! See below.

matts fine

matts fine

Fruit & Vegetable Market Report – 19th February

Fruit & Vegetable Market Report – 19th February 

Roses are red, violets… sorry that was last week!
This week is a little less interesting, except we’re still managing to get Wild Garlic leaf albeit expensive, Jersey Royal Potatoes in 6kg boxes which are great, but again expensive. Broccoli remains a good price but Cauliflowers are once again in short supply and prices have hiked up.
There are some lovely sweet French Sandy Carrots AKA  ” Carottes de Sable” which are grown in sand in a small region on the coast of Manche, France and are said by the French to be the sweetest of all carrots. Also from France is Parsley Root which look very much like parsnips (but more expensive) and seem to be very popular at the moment.
We still have a glut on Litchis so prices are cheap, but there’s only so much you can do with them? Honeydew Melons have become very expensive as supplies dry up, so too are Cherries. Bergamot Lemons are available and they are much sweeter and the oil in the skin is sought after by chefs. Still on a Citrus note, we still have Seville Oranges and Blood Oranges but they are both coming to an end.

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French Sandy Carrots

French Sandy Carrots

French sandy carrots also known as ‘Carotte de Sables’ are the very special vegetable found growing all along the beautiful coast of La Manche in a tiny coastal area in Normandy. Here, where Sand isn’t just for sandcastles, they use this favourite seaside town to grow a very special carrot.

Carotte de Sables

Known in France as ‘carotte de sables’ or ‘sand carrots’, they are sweet, crunchy and slightly tender and grown using seaweed as their primary fertilizer. The sandy soil gives the carrots perfect drainage, they have little or no core and this results in excellent flavour. They are appreciated by the French as well as us as the very best variety of carrot and are sold with their light sand coating as proof of origin. They are more expensive than regular carrots, but that is expected once you have tasted them.

 

Best of British Produce – February

Best of British – February

Salads: Round Lettuce, Raddichio, Little Gem, Pousse, Watercress.
Vegetables: Cauliflower, Leeks, Swede, Beetroot, Carrots, Parsnips, Brussels Sprouts, Leeks, Red & Primo Cabbage, Chantenay Carrots, Piccolo Parsnips, Celery, Mid Potatoes, Turnips, Green & Purple Kohl Rabi, Savoy Cabbage, Cavalo Nero, Purple Sprouting Broccoli, Curly Kale.
Fruit: Bramley Cooking Apples, Comice Pears, Conference Pears, Braeburn Apples, Forced Yorkshire Rhubarb
Foraging: Wild Garlic Leaf

Fruit & Vegetable Market Report 5th February 2016

Fruit & Vegetable Market Report 5th February 2016

Not a lot of change on last week really, Purple Sprouting Broccoli remains pricey, Yellow Courgettes are so expensive, G4S are delivering them!

Broccoli and Cauliflower are reasonable, so too are Courgettes now. Shallots, Cherry Tomatoes and Rocket have all eased in price and are a good buy, but Beef Tomatoes are quite expensive. All Peppers have jumped in price and may go higher. With the exception of  Mids that are dearer this week, Potato prices are remaining steady at the moment.

Cherries are good but remain very expensive. We have some Peaches from Chile that look good but are rock hard and need to ripen off, the South African are no good either. All Grapes are much dearer this week, so too are Lemons. There’s plenty of Lychees so prices are much cheaper. Yorkshire Forced Rhubarb prices are starting to ease now and Spanish strawberries are better quality this week.