Fruit & Vegetable Market Report – 20th July 2018

Fruit & Vegetable Market Report – 20th July 2018

Its been a good year for Cherries and although their up in price this week the quality is still excellent. English Strawberries & Blackberries are very good and a little easier in price, Spanish Peaches, Nectarines & Apricots are at their best right now and are reasonably priced. Apples are no easier still and command high prices for good fruit. Medium Oranges are very expensive and Lemons remain dear. The Portuguese Plums ‘Red Hiromi’ are very tasty and recommended. French Cobnuts have just started so the English will follow in a few weeks time. Italian Canteloupe Melons have a good sugar level so are really good in flavour and value right now. Seedless Spanish Water Melons are also selling well this week as the quality and price is very good.

Italian Rocket arriving is not the best and we’ve had to return it on a couple of occasions so we’ve been buying more English to cover this. We had some great English Fine Beans from Wye Valley in this week and hopefully they will continue to grow these. Dutch Celeriac has been poor quality of late so we’ve moved onto buying the large French heads instead. Avocado’s are a little easier this week and the price of Salad Leaves & Lettuces has levelled off. French New Season Turnips are good, firm and sweet. Jersey Royals have all but finished but there are some very good English Mids around. We’re scraping the barrel with the Old Crop Potatoes now but until the New Season Potatoes form a skin we are still using them for Jacket Potatoes. The young English Runner Beans are very good, so too are the Broad Beans & Peas too. Peruvian Asparagus remains expensive but Broccoli & Cauliflower has eased over the last week.

 

 

Fruit & Vegetable Market Report – 6th July 2018

Fruit & Vegetable Market Report – 6th July 2018

We may be loving this hot weather but farmers are not, the prolonged dry spell is now starting to affect not only cereal crops but salad crops too. Mainstream lines like Celery, Iceberg & Cos Lettuce are in great demand but lack of water is affecting growth. Broccoli, Cauliflower, Savoy Cabbages are getting very tight too. We’re having to import Tenderstem Broccoli from Kenya as its almost non existent. English Loose Corn-on-Cob is great value, far cheaper than the pre-packed. Avocado’s are getting cheaper as there seems to be plenty around. English Jerusalem Artichokes are finished so we’re onto the French, also Globe Artichokes are quite expensive at the moment. Now that the English Asparagus has finished, its now arriving from Peru and its quite pricey at the moment.  English Runner Beans from Worcestershire have started and are very good, along with Fresh Peas in Pod & Broad Beans. English New Season Carrots are still a bit small so we’re buying French for now. English ‘Cheltenham’ Beetroot which is the elongated variety is now available, but the Golden Beetroot has jumped in price.

English Cherries, especially the ones from J. G. Piper in Kent are AMAZING! I haven’t tasted a better cherry in a long time and totally recommend them. All the Berries are in full swing, albeit that some are expensive at the moment. The English Red & Green Gooseberries from Herefordshire are very good so too are the English Blueberries. Spanish Peaches & Nectarines are eating really well and very juicy, the flat varieties are also available. Pineapples seem plentiful so we expect prices too ease. The same for Melons, the Water Melons have already come down and the rest should follow, the Italian Cantaloupe Melon is very good and highly recommended. Plums are very tight and prices are high. The ongoing shortage of Apples is a big problem, we’re using Pink Lady Apples as the our Red Apple as unusually they’re the best value but are slightly smaller. Apricots & Satsumas are eating very well.

Finally…..Come on England we’re rooting for you!