Fruit & Vegetable Market Report – 25th November 2016

Fruit & Vegetable Market Report – November 25th 2016

It’s Black Friday alright, but not what you’d expect. Instead of bargains to be had it feels like everything has gone up!

Firstly a lot of the Spanish produce has jumped up, Aubergines have more than doubled in the last 10 days. All Peppers and Courgettes are higher and Yellow Courgettes remain ridiculously high. Broccoli is dearer too, so to is Cauliflower. Jacket Potatoes have taken a hike and the large  sizes will only continue to get dearer. Not everything is doom and gloom though, Leeks, Mange-toute and Fine/XF Beans are all reasonable. So too is all the root crops – Carrots, Parsnips, Swede & Turnips. There is some lovely English Rainbow Chard and Variegated Curly Kale around that is reasonable.

All the Lettuces are pretty much the same as last week, Cherry Tomatoes are a good buy but Cucumbers have jumped in price. English Celery was a good price but it”s finished now and we’re on to the Spanish. Spanish & French Heritage Tomatoes are still great quality.

Easy Peeling Clementines & Satsumas are very good and we’re expecting the Grape prices to ease as more South African produce arrives over the next week or so. The quality of SA Peaches & Nectarines are improving all the time.  Fresh Cranberries, Fresh Chestnuts & Wet Walnuts are all available. The Strawberry price has not improved at all and remain very expensive, Blackberries are too. Raspberries & Blueberries are only marginally better. All Figs are quite expensive especially the Peruvian ones. Cherries, Kumquats & Litchis are all available but can be expensive. Apricots will be starting very soon.

 

 

 

Fruit & Vegetable Market Report – 11th November 2016

Fruit & Vegetable Market Report – November 11th 2016

Despite the recent cold snap English Leeks are still reasonable, Spanish Courgettes, Aubergines & Broccoli are on the rise and Yellow Courgettes remain exorbitantly expensive. French Globe Artichokes are even dearer than last week and should be avoided if possible. All the English Cabbages are good and the Portuguese Hispi Cabbage is excellent. For a change why not use Tri-Colour Chantenay Carrots, they are a colourful alternative if you’ve not tried them yet. Asparagus is creeping up in price so it’s worth keeping an eye on. The Tender Stem Broccoli is English at the moment and very good and there is some very good Green Romanesque about.

All the Lettuces are predominately from Spain at the moment and prices are reasonable. English Celery is almost at an end and we will move over to Spanish in the next week or so. Spanish Tomatoes have eased a little and Peppers are a little dearer this week. English Heritage Tomatoes have finished and it will be Spanish/ French from now on. Red & Yellow Tom Berries are still available and very sweet.

Strawberries remain very expensive, Raspberries & Blackberries are going the same way. Dutch Rhubarb, Grapes & Figs also remain expensive too. Oranges have eased a little and Limes are still good value. We’re buying English Comice & Conference Pears from J G Piper in Kent at the moment as the quality is good and prices reasonable. Spanish Clementines eat very well at the moment and are our easy peeler of choice at present. Lychees are now available but are expensive, South African Peaches are getting better and more plentiful and Nectarines are available now, Still no Apricots at present.

Fruit & Vegetable Market Report – 4th November 2016

Fruit & Vegetable Market Report – November 4th 2016

Whilst on this day in 1605 Guy Fawkes was planning to blow up King James 1 the next day, some 300 years later Howard Carter discovered Tutankhamen with all his treasures and Gems. Well, we have some Gems this week. English Leeks, Spanish Courgettes & Broccoli are all good value at the moment. Spanish Peppers & Aubergines are reasonable too. The exception is Yellow Courgettes and French Globe Artichokes as they’re outrageously expensive. We’ve switched over to English Leafy Celeriac as opposed to the French as its better value and quality. We are still buying English Rocket in 500g Bags when possible as their still good value, but the Italian bunches are available if you want to pay the extra, just ask when you order. The Potato crop was much smaller this year and that is impacting on prices and availability, so prices are creeping up. Purple Brussels Sprouts & Brussels Stalks are available, but need to be pre-ordered.

All the Lettuces are now Spanish or French so they are a little dearer. The last few dribs and drabs of English Runner Beans have finally finished but we have some Kenyan ones to replace them. Unusually there are some Moroccan Bobby Beans available.

Please be warned…. Strawberries are horrendously expensive at the moment, cut down or avoid if possible. The rest of the Berries are a bit on the dear side but acceptable. Grapes are expected to jump in price as supplies are dwindling and Figs, Air Freight Mangoes, Dutch Rhubarb and New Season South African Peaches are expensive too. Satsumas and Clementines are eating very well and are not badly priced nor are Pineapples. Chinese Chestnuts are now available and half the price of the French (but the French are bigger and better). Apricots, Cherries & Lychees are still not available.