Fruit & Vegetable Market Report – 19th May 2017

Fruit & Vegetable Market Report –  19th May 2017

It seems to be the norm these days that everything is available all year round and give or take it, it normally is – albeit you will pay more for it at some stage or other. But being available is not meaning its always the best all the time, so it is refreshing when you have produce that is in its prime and right now the Italian Cantaloupe Melons we have in stock are just that- PERFECT. Their nectarous taste is second to none and is a must buy at the moment.

In fact all the Melons are pretty good right now that we’ve moved away from South America Melons completely. French Apricots eat very well too and there are some Fresh French Almonds available, still green and whole. Spanish Peaches & Nectarines are more plentiful and great quality, there are some Flat varieties around but their not good enough yet so stick to the round ones for now. English Strawberries are appearing in small quantities and as their forced, their a bit fragile and over priced at the moment. Blueberries are reasonable still.

A first for me today was a new berry called Bananaberry, needless to say it has taste reminiscent of banana trapped in a mini white strawberry! It joins the other new hybrid cross breeds like Pineberries, Strasberries & Bubbleberry, they also tell me there is a Peachberry available soon too. Please note though that these berries are not cheap and you may need to pre-order them. Elsewhere on the market we have seen the expected seasonal jump in price of Lemons and Kiwi that happens about this time each year.

The recent rain has been a big relief for farmers so expect even more English Produce to arrive in it’s droves now. The first of this seasons Broad Beans were welcomed and are a great addition to any Spring Menu. As already mentioned last week all English Lettuces are excellent, so too are English Tomatoes & Cucumbers. We have some lovely English Purple Globe Artichokes that have the benefit of being organic too. I cannot fail to mention English Asparagus due to it’s short season and again a product in it’s prime right now. Wild Mushrooms are still thin on the ground, there have been some Girolles & Cepes available but quality is poor. Cauliflowers remain dear and there are few Orange around but no Purple. Broccoli, Peppers & Aubergines are much the same as last week.

 

Fruit & Vegetable Market Report – 12th May 2017

Fruit & Vegetable Market Report –  12th May 2017

The English Salad Season is well away now and most salads are all home grown now. We’re predominately getting all our salads: Lollo Rosso/Biando, Oakleaf, Iceberg, Little Gem, Cos and Mixed Baby Leaf from L. J. Betts in Kent as they’re quality is excellent and prices are good. We’ll also be on English Parsley & Coriander by next week. Tomatoes are about the same but there seems to be a lot of Cherry Toms-on-Vine around so they may be a good buy come Monday.  All Dutch Peppers are a little dearer this week, so to are Courgettes & Aubergines. Cauliflowers remain expensive but Spanish Brocolli is still a good price. English Asparagus has been dearer for the last week or so but as the weather has warmed up it should reflect on the supply and on easing the price. The best value ‘Grass’ (as the market traders call it) is the 5kg boxes of loose ‘Choice’ size. English Purple & White Asparagus is almost non existent though. The Wild Mushroom selection is very poor at the moment but there are a few small Eastern European Girolle around. English Jerusalem Artichokes are coming to an end and then we’ll switch to French

Spanish Peaches & Nectarines are improving in size and eating quality all the time so now’s a good time to start these. We’ve switched the ‘easy peeler’ to Peruvian Satsumas as the quality is better. Spanish Cherries are getting more plentiful by the day and are very good, prices are reasonable too. Spanish Apricots are available too. The Italian Cantaloupe Melons are excellent and eat very well. Strawberries are now Belgium in 500g punnets as the Spanish quality is waning. Blueberries remain good value but Redcurrants remain very expensive. The only Mangoes worth buying at the moment are the Air Freight ones from The Ivory Coast and they are a bit on the dear side.

 

Fruit & Vegetable Market Report – 5th May 2017

Fruit & Vegetable Market Report –  5th May 2017

The recent cold snap and frosts has given some English Produce a hiccup in supply. None less than English Asparagus, volumes are down and prices are creeping up, it should only be for a couple of weeks or sooner if the weather warms up. English Coriander has been affected too but there is still plenty around from other sources. English Curly Kale is great at the moment, this versatile vegetable has grown in popularity over recent years as it is seen as a super food by many but also overrated by some. Either way is it very popular and versatile. The English Cauliflower crop has gone from feast to famine and we’re having to import more to meet demand and this has driven prices higher. Spanish Broccoli & Courgettes remain good value and the Belgian Leeks at present are very good. Mange-Toute & Sugar Snaps remain dear. Jersey Royal Potatoes have come down in price as there is more available. The choice of Wild Mushrooms is still very limited.

In our quest to stock primarily English produce we expect to receive the first of the English Iceberg next week with Lollo & Oakleaf to follow soon after. We are already on English Cos, Little Gem, Pousse & Round Lettuce. Plum Tomatoes are more plentiful so prices will ease next week. Also, it’s good to see the Avocado price continues to drop a bit further this week too. Young Nettles are still available, Wild Garlic is now coming with flower on and Micro Garlic Flowers are now available for a limited time in punnets.

 

Water Melons look like they will be coming down next week and Galia Melons that were unavailable for a few days, are now available but are expensive. Lemons took a hike in price this week and will probably stay that way for a while. Good Plums are hard to source at the moment and prices are high for the better ones. Wye Valley Indoor Champagne Rhubarb is available and quality is excellent, but it is significantly dearer than Outdoor Rhubarb. Limes are lower, so too are Pineapples. Cherries are slowly becoming more plentiful but still on the pricey side. Spanish Apricots have just started and they look quite good but I haven’t tried one yet. Strawberries are a daily toss-up between Spanish & Belgium on quality and price. Redcurrants are still very expensive.