Fruit & Vegetable Market Report – 31st March 2017
In a tranquil part of East Sussex, just east of Pulborough is a place called Nutbourne Nursery where Gary Griffiths and his family grow the most amazing selection of Tomatoes. We’ve just started receiving their Mixed Heritage Tomato collection (see pic) and they are amazing. From the the baby ‘Couer de Pigeon’ (Pigeons Heart) to the beefsteak ‘Couer de Boeuf’ (Ox Heart) the flavours are awesome and I recommend them profusely. All the Salad Leaves and Lettuces are all getting cheaper and as we switch over to more home grown produce and we should see prices ease more over time. Dutch Peppers are easing and coming more into line with the Spanish so expect prices to come down over the next couple of weeks. The price of all good Moroccan, Spanish & Dutch Tomatoes are still a bit pricey. English & Dutch Cucumber are cheaper this week and Italian Flat Parsley has dropped back down in price. Avocados are dearer this week especially the Hass variety.
Under Cover grown English Asparagus is now available from Norfolk and Wye Valley but there’s no easing in the price yet. Broccoli is outrageously expensive so be warned! Cauliflower has been good value for a while now but supplies are tighter and prices have jumped up. There’s good English Purple Sprouting Broccoli and Curly Kale around. Mange-Toute & Sugar Snaps are plentiful and prices are lower. If your into podding your own Peas there’s some good Spanish & Italian arrived. Why not try some lovely English Jerusalem Artichokes available, were getting ours from D & J Hayward in Salisbury at present and the quality is excellent.
Pineapples are still VERY expensive and no sign of easing just yet. The quality of Spanish Strawberries is not so good now, so we’re moving over to American and Dutch, prices are similar so still reasonable. Melons remain dear and Galia are the best value at the moment. Peaches & Nectarines are still rubbish so stay away from these. South African Laetitia Plums eat very well so too do their Grapes although the latter are a bit pricier this week.