CSL Market Report 8th July 2015

County Supplies London Market Report 8th July 

Its been a tough week getting produce from the continent with all the strikes at Calais and subsequent problems on Eurostar. Usually we have our daily delivery around 1am, over the last week your lucky if it came at all! But we managed and luckily this time of year we have a lot of home grown produce around like the lovely Runner Beans & Broad Beans from D Southall & Sons in Worcs. The hike in the Cucumber price was short lived and is now back to normal. The English New Potatoes from Suffolk taste great, so do the Fresh Peas from K.S. Coles Farm in Somerset. Cauliflowers are a good size and coming from Lincolnshire at present. Please note that English Asparagus has finished, it’s Peruvian now.

Good Black Seedless Grapes are still a problem and pricey. Lemons are more expensive now that we’re buying the better quality new season Argentinian. Limes too are due to rise in price as supplies get tighter. Plenty of English berries about now including Blackberries & Blueberries. We have some lovely English Cherries from Barfield Farm in Kent (see pic), currently it’s a variety called ‘Sasha’ but it can change daily. Spanish Peaches, Nectarines & Apricots continue to be excellent and are reasonably priced.

English Cherries Kent
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New Season Asparagus

Ahhh, the Glorious 12th, today is the start of the grouse shooting season, and the first of the game birds to come into season. To me this is the first sign that winter is around the corner. Another is when Brussels sprouts first appear as we have seen this week. English runner beans have jumped in price as we have a temporary blip in supply. New season onions – from the cheaper English to the sweeter Spanish and the more niche exquisite French Roscoff all are excellent in their own right. English courgettes are plentiful and consequently cheaper.

Damsons are now in season; a small fruit with vibrant dark blue skin and a strong, sour flavour and ovoid in shape, similar to plums, great for jellies & chutneys. Blueberries are good value, but lemons remain expensive and look to get dearer still. English Victoria plums and Discovery apples continue to improve in volume and should not be missed.

English Raspberries

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Yorkshire Forced Rhubarb

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