Fruit & Vegetable Market Report – 28th July 2017
You know when you go to the cafe and your Bacon Sandwich or your full English Breakfast arrives and you go for the Tomato ketchup and its in a plastic bottle, you just know its not going to be Heinz Tomato Ketchup, its going to be some cheap alternative? And you ask yourself, why don’t they just pay a little more and and get the good stuff? Well, the same can be said for Fruit & Vegetables and at County Supplies we know it makes sense. So for example we would rather buy Cauliflowers that are a good size from a grower like P Bones & Sons rather than smaller ones from whoever as pound for pound its better value, not everything can be read on a price list.
The market is quiet as expected but were pleased to see the arrival of English Corn-on-Cob, the first arrivals from Essex are very plump and recommended. English Broccoli, Cauliflower & Leeks are all reasonable. Don’t forget English Runner Beans, Broad Beans & Peas are readily available. There is a bigger selection of Continental Squashes becoming available. Avocado’s remain dear both Feurte & Hass. The English Lettuces are still good value and Quality. Dutch Aubergines are in short supply and prices have jumped steeply over the last week and the price of Peppers seems to be all over the place from one day to another. The Asparagus price is easing but is still relatively dear.
Apples, in particular Granny Smiths are in very short supply as usual for this time of year and the price will be high for a little while. The South African Packham Pears are coming in much better now and you won’t break any teeth on them now! Melons are more plentiful and prices continue to drop. The English rainy weather is affecting the picking of Strawberries and some days there is very limited supply. Not much change in the Citrus price so across the board, prices remain dear still. English Victoria Plums are very good and Greengages are available too. English Cherries on the whole have been very good, in fact the dark cherries we had earlier in the week were the best, the biggest and the tastiest I’ve had for a long time. Spanish Peaches & Nectarines are still eating very well, so too are the Apricots.