Fruit & Vegetable Market Report – 28th April 2017

Fruit & Vegetable Market Report –  28th April 2017

Another Bank Holiday so soon….!

Not a lot of changes from last week. Spanish Broccoli has come down in price, Green & Yellow Courgettes remain good value. Hispi & Savoy Cabbage are both dearer this week as supplies are short. The glut of English Cauliflower seems to be over and prices have risen sharply. Mange-Tout & Sugar Snaps continue to rise in price and Butternut Squash is dearer this week. English & Belgium Leeks are very good quality and reasonably priced. This time of Year we normally see Parsnips rise in price as the season ends and we go onto Spanish but there seems to be plenty around and prices have actually eased. English Asparagus is great at the moment and there is plenty around in all sizes, Purple and white are also available.

Cucumbers remain plentiful and prices are good, Beef Tomatoes are now much better priced after their recent high prices and the rest of the Tomatoes are all a bit easier. We’ve had the first of the English Round & Little Gem Lettuces, quality is excellent and we expect more varieties over the next week or so to join them. We’ve been reliably informed that Avocado’s will be coming down next week as they’ve been quite expensive of late.

English Outdoor Rhubarb is outstanding at the moment and good value. Conference Pears are looking a bit scruffy now so we’re switching to Argentinian Williams next week. Pineapples are more plentiful and this is reflected in the better prices now. Good Plums are hard to find and priced at a premium. AVOID REDCURRANTS, they’re extortionate at present, you have been warned! Limes are dropping in price but Lemons are on the way up. More Peaches & Nectarines are arriving from the Continent and size will improve and prices will ease as they’re a bit pricey at present. Spanish Cherries have started, but again they’re not cheap.

Fruit & Vegetable Market Report – 21st April 2017

Fruit & Vegetable Market Report –  21st April 2017

There are some beauties coming into season in April and none less than Wild Asparagus, currently it’s coming from France but there will some available from the UK later. The barley like stems reach about 16-24 mm long. The flowers are small and green and produce bright red berries later. The UK has 28 sites on the coasts of southern and south-west England and Wales. Elsewhere, the species occurs on the coasts of many European countries. Other seasonal gems available include Green & White English Asparagus, Jersey Royal Potatoes and Indoor/Outdoor Rhubarb. Spanish Green Courgettes are good value and the Yellow Courgettes are a good price too. Spanish Aubergines are now scrappy looking so we’re onto the better Dutch/Belgium as they’re not that much dearer. Spanish Broccoli is also tumbling to an acceptable price. English Cauliflowers still remain good value. Loose Moroccan Corn-on-Cob is very good in quality and price. Spanish Globe Artichokes are really good and not as expensive as you might think. With St. Georges Day this weekend and it coincides with the start of the St. George Wild Mushrooms.

So whats gone up this week…? Sugar Snaps & Mange-Toute have jumped up, so too has Portuguese Savoy Cabbage as there is little or none in English available.

All the Peppers seem to be easing in price, so too are Tomatoes. Cucumbers are still plentiful and prices are on the low side. Little Gem is now English but all the other lettuces are still from the Continent. All Avocadoes remain expensive, especially the Hass variety. We’re struggling to find good Celery as it is not the best at the moment and a bit pale looking.

New Zealand Cox’s Apples are now appearing on the market. The Braeburn Apples continue to eat well and are the best value red apples, even though it isn’t a true Red Apple. Melons are dear and Galia are exceptionally expensive. There is little or none of the following: Cherries, Apricots & Litchis. Spanish Strawberries are still very reasonable, so too are Blueberries. Nardicotts are still very expensive as they’re the only easy peeler worth buying at present. There are a few Red Forelle Pears available, but they too are dear.

Fruit & Vegetable Market Report – 7th April 2017

Fruit & Vegetable Market Report –  7th April 2017

It looks like we’re in for a hot weekend and that can only mean good news for the start of the English Asparagus Season. We love the Asparagus from J.W. Allen & Sons in Attleborough, Norfolk. They have been growing Asparagus there since 1985. Andy has 180 acres and around a third of that is grown under polythene to encourage early growth. We’ve taken Chefs there on farm visits before and can highly recommend his Asparagus. We’re already selling it and although it is early in the season, prices are coming down and the quality is excellent.

English Cauliflower is also growing faster than it can be sold and despite traders trying to talk the price up, prices remain low. We’re buying ours from C.J. Bean in Deal, Kent and they are huge! The same cannot be said for Savoy Cabbage as supplies are short and we’re having to buy French. There’s no letting up on the price of Broccoli as it remains expensive with no sign of change. Sugar snaps & Mange Toute have been good value but have now jumped up in price. Dutch Chillies are very good but expensive, but while we can buy the cheaper Spanish ones, we will. Another good home grown crop at the moment is green Bok Choy grown in Worcestershire.

Avocado’s are very expensive at the moment, especially the ‘HASS’ variety. English & Dutch Cucumbers remain good value. Round Tomatoes are still fetching higher than expected prices and hopefully this will change over the next week or so as the Dutch become more plentiful. Cherry Tomatoes are reasonable, but Beef & Plum Tomatoes are more expensive. We’ve got a few more weeks before English Lettuces start but the Spanish is still good and reasonably priced.

Costa Rican Water Melons & Honeydew Melons are still on the pricey side,  Brazilian Limes & Spanish Lemons are still expensive too. After a hiccup in the quality, Spanish Strawberries are much better and good value. There’s no Apricots available on only small pockets of Cherries coming through that are ridiculously over priced for the quality. Nardicotts have been the choice of Easy Peeler of late but the Clementines that are coming through do eat well, but are on the small side and neither are particularly cheap.