Fruit & Vegetable Market Report – 2nd February 2018

Fruit & Vegetable Market Report – 2nd February 2018

Just like the novelty song “Yes, we have no bananas” from 1923, we too are suffering from a shortage of Bananas, this has led to a jump in price. Currently it is a culmination of a few factors – less being shipped during the holidays, productivity problems in Honduras & Guatemala and shortages in Columbia. There is a bigger possible problem looming known as the ‘Panama Disease’ that is a threat to nearly all Bananas grown, as most commercially grown Bananas are all the same variety known as ‘Cavendish’.

Water Melons are in very short supply and prices have jumped dramatically. Galia & Canteloupe are the best value in Melons as Honeydew are creeping up too.  Kiwi prices remain dear and so too are Pineapples. Apricots are available but are a bit on the small side. Italian Comice Pears and English/Dutch Comice pears are both good. Apples continue to be a problem as there was a much smaller crop harvested across Europe this year due to cold weather problems earlier last year. Small Apples are a particular problem and will only tighter. Blackberries, Raspberries and Redcurrants are all dearer this week, Strawberries are reasonable but there is quality issues and many are coming in with excessive white on the caps/shoulder of the fruit. Blood Oranges are very good and should be on your menu as they’re only available for a short period.

Aubergines have eased from the recent hikes in price. Peppers prices are all over the place but Green remain the cheapest. Monks Beard, a favourite with many chefs is available from Italy now and will be around for about a month. Brussels Sprouts are ‘not just for Christmas’ and are still around. Parsley & Chervil Root is available but not within everyone’s budget. Broccoli is slowly creeping up in price and Cauliflowers are up in price already and getting dearer. Wild Mushrooms are more expensive, Chanterelles are almost non-existent, but the French Morels look very good (if you can afford them!).

Fruit & Vegetable Market Report – 23rd January 2018

Fruit & Vegetable Market Report – 23rd January 2018

Well, another year is upon us and thankfully it’s a better start than last year as we had the really bad weather in Spain that made some produce almost non existent and very expensive. That isn’t to say we’ve got away scot-free this year as there are a few short lines. Spanish Aubergines are in short supply so have jumped up this week so too are good sized Cauliflowers. Green Courgettes are moderately expensive but the Yellow Courgettes are extortionate! Savoy, January King, Portuguese Hispi, Spring Green & Primo Cabbages are all good quality and reasonably priced. English Jerusalem Artichokes are lovely and a good price. Heritage/Rainbow Vegetables continue to grow in popularity and add great colour as well as flavour to many dishes. I recommend the Rainbow Chard as its great and a firm favourite of mine.

Cucumbers continue to rise in price as supplies ease up, Rocket has eased a little in price but Mizuna has been almost non existent. Tomatoes are a mixture of Spanish or Moroccan and where the Moroccan are better value we’ll buy them, otherwise we’re stick to the Spanish.

Melons are all dearer this week and they look to stay that way for the near future. Pineapples & Plums too have jumped in price. Now is the time of year to make your Marmalade as the bitter Seville Oranges are only available for a little while. Blood Oranges are also in season now and the colour is coming on too, these have a sweeter taste and look great also. This time of year sees the start of the Yorkshire Forced Rhubarb, this is rhubarb at its best so it comes at a premium but worth the extra. South African Apricots are available, so too are Peaches & Nectarines but it wouldn’t recommend them.

Merry Christmas & Opening Times

We’d like to take this opportunity to thank all our customers for their business this year, wish you a MERRY CHRISTMAS and look forward to a prosperous New Year

Below is our opening Times over the festive period

FRIDAY 22nd December – OPEN

SATURDAY 23rd December – OPEN* (Orders must be placed by 10pm Fri 22nd)

SUNDAY 24th December – OPEN* (Orders must be placed by 10pm Fri 22nd)

MONDAY 25th December – CLOSED

TUESDAY 26th December – CLOSED

WEDNESDAY 27th December – CLOSED

THURSDAY 28th December – OPEN

FRIDAY 29th December – OPEN

SATURDAY 30th December – OPEN

SUNDAY 31st December – CLOSED

MONDAY 1st January  – CLOSED

TUESDAY 2nd January – OPEN

If you have any orders of Prepared Produce please make sure you pre-order with our Tele-Sales team as everyone has the same idea this time of year and its not guaranteed for next day if ordered late. If you want to discuss prices for prepared, just give them a call for whats available and prices.

 

PLEASE NOTE: All order for Sunday 24th December will need to be placed by 10pm Friday 22nd December

Fruit & Vegetable Market Report – 8th December 2017

Fruit & Vegetable Market Report – 8th December 2017

As we’re in the silly season, not many fresh produce lines go down in the run up to Christmas and this year is no different. On the plus side some items are not as expensive as per previous years either. Baby Vegetables have been a problem to source especially Baby Courgette, Patty Pan & Baby Bunch Rainbow Carrots. The Baby Piccolo Parsnips were not so baby, so we had to send them back and the Baby Romanesco was plentiful one minute and gone the next! So please order in advance or check with our sales staff if you have items that are not so main stream as it can be a problem. Broccoli is still pricey and Cauliflowers are getting dearer daily. Yellow Courgettes are still very expensive, so best avoided. Tomatoes continue to creep up in price and Rocket is dearer. Cold weather in Spain is having a knock on effect on prices across the board too.

South African Apricots have started but they are small at the moment. Nectarines & Peaches are available, the Nectarines are the dearer out of the two. Cherries are cheaper than they were but still very expensive. There are some seasonal Fruits around like: Prickly Pears, Custard Apples, Litchis, Pomegranates and variety of Dates. Dutch Rhubarb remains expensive, Honeydew & Water Melons are both dearer this week. Clementines are very good and the English Braeburn Apples still eat very well.

If you have any orders of Prepared Produce please make sure you pre-order with our Tele-Sales team as everyone has the same idea this time of year and its not guaranteed for next day if ordered late. If you want to discuss prices for prepared, just give them a call for whats available and prices.

We are open on Sunday 24th December for pre-ordered deliveries as we are closed from Monday 25th – Wednesday 27th December and open Thursday 28th December

Also, closed Monday 1st January, open Tuesday 2nd January

PLEASE NOTE: All order for Sunday 24th December will need to be placed by 10pm Friday 22nd December

Fruit & Vegetable Market Report – 24th November 2017

Fruit & Vegetable Market Report – 24th November 2017

So we’re into the the Christmas season now so maybe its time to move on to Prepared Vegetables. We have Prepped Brussels Sprouts in stock all the time now. If you have any large orders of prepared produce please make sure you pre-order with out Tele-Sales team as everyone has the same idea this time of year and its not guaranteed for next day if ordered late. If you want to discuss prices for prepared, just give them a call for whats available and prices.

French Globe Artichoke have been very short this week, there are some Spanish available but they’re not nearly as big. Asparagus is about the same as last week but can spike in price this time of year. Spanish Aubergines & Cucumbers continue to creep up in price, Spanish Broccoli & English Cauliflower are too. There is some cheaper Dutch Celeriac available but not a patch on the French Celeriac and even though it is dearer it is worth the extra. Green Courgettes remain the same but Yellow Courgettes are extortionate. Mange-Toute & Sugar Snaps are still pricey. so too is French Spinach. Peppers remain reasonable for this time of year. Wild Mushrooms are not as plentiful and the Cepes are finished.

There seems to be plenty of Blueberries around so hopefully prices will ease, Strawberries have dropped a little but will remain dear for the near future. We’re on the last of the Italian Grapes before we move over to Southern Hemisphere fruit, prices are creeping up and finding good quality fruit is becoming a problem. Brazilian Figs look OK and are a little easier in price, but they’re not the tastiest. Cherries are still all the money, so best avoided. There doesn’t look like there is going to be any easing on the price of Lemons this side of Christmas and Limes are still expensive too. Dutch Indoor Rhubarb is ridiculously expensive so we’re not buying it at present. South African Peaches & Nectarines are good and available.

Fruit & Vegetable Market Report – 17th November 2017

Fruit & Vegetable Market Report – 17th November 2017

I love this time of year with all the Game that is available and a great way to liven up a dish is with Quince. Whether you Poach, Puree, Roast or turn into a Jelly, I totally recommend the Turkish Quince we are buying at the moment as they look amazing. I’m not sure why Quince is so under used as it is so versatile and when you cook it it gives off such a wonderful floral scent. Much of the produce seems to be up in price this week. Courgettes, Cauliflower, Spinach & Broccoli are dearer. There is some lovely January King Cabbage about that is very reasonable. As the Potato Crop was good this year we don’t expect any change in the prices in the near term apart from a few varieties. Mange-Toute & Sugar Snap have now eased compared to the extortionate prices last week and quality has improved too. There are some Brussels Sprouts Flower Tops available in small quantities by the box and they look interesting? Salad Lettuces are now predominately Spanish, so prices will be dearer now the English has finished. Peppers, Celery, Tomatoes & Aubergines are Spanish too although we are buying some Moroccan Tomatoes when they are a better buy. The Wild Mushroom selection is still good but the Girolles are coming to an end.

Now that European Figs have come to an end, we move on South America and we’re currently Peruvian Figs but prices are much dearer and the fruit is smaller. Turkish & Spanish Pomegranates are big and beautiful with good prices too. Limes are in short supply so they are quite expensive, Lemons are too but there is a little ease in Medium Oranges. The South African Cherries that are available will make a big dent in your pocket so best avoided. Also Peaches & Nectarines arriving now from SA are good enough to eat now and not the bullets that arrived two weeks ago. The new crop French Pink Lady Apples look and eat amazing but they are rather expensive! English Cooking Apples are quite expensive so that doesn’t bode well going forward, expect them too be dear all season. Strawberries are very expensive and the quality of Raspberries is very poor, the other berries are OK but none are particularly good value.

 

Fruit & Vegetable Market Report – 3rd December 2017

Fruit & Vegetable Market Report – 3rd November 2017

Now we’re into November we all want some winter warming vegetables and you can’t go far wrong with English Rainbow Chard, it looks excellent, tastes great, very healthy and hardly any waste. Regular white stemmed French Chard (sometimes called ‘Blette’) is also very good and available too. Itailan Cime de Rapa or Broccoli Rabe is another underused leafy vegetable predominately from Italy. It has a slightly bitter taste taste with nutty undertones and is also available.There are some lovely bunched English Heritage Carrots with their tops tops still on and English Globe Artichokes are very reasonable against the French at twice the price. English Broccoli & Cauliflowers remain a good buy and so too are all the Root Vegetables. Asparagus is now back to a more acceptable price compared to what it has been recently. We’ve still got a few more weeks with English Celery before we switch to Spanish but the Cos & Iceberg Lettuces are now Spanish. Still a good selection of Wild Mushrooms with Girolles being the cheapest. Fresh Chestnuts & Cranberries are available. Cherry Tomatoes and Cherry Tomatoes-on-the-Vine are both down in price this week. Baby Leeks in a consistent size have been a problem this week, their either too big or too small!

There seems to be a lot of Kaki Fruit available at the moment so prices are very good. Unlike Limes that are very short and increasing in price daily. There are some really bright looking Leafy Clementines around, the Spanish are not bad but the Italian are outstanding and this is reflected in their prices. Satsumas are still the best value though. The Turkish Figs are being replaced by Peruvian Figs and there are plenty of Spanish Pomegranates around in various sizes. South African Nectarines have started but they are very hard and not worth buying just yet. Strawberries continue to get dearer but the rest of the Berries are about the same.

Fruit & Vegetable Market Report – 27th October 2017

Fruit & Vegetable Market Report – 27th October 2017

English & French Jerusalem Artichokes are very good this time of year, they’re very versatile, though most people just puree or roast them. The Political elections and the horrendous rain in Kenya is having both a supply and quality problem on Fine Beans, Sugar Snaps & Mange-Toute and we expect prices to rise. Next week will be the last week for Dutch Peppers & Aubergines as we switch to Spanish. We have started on buying Spanish Lettuces now as the English comes to an end and again expect prices to initially rise, especially the Cos Lettuce. We’re still buying English Lollo & Oakleaf  though, but that could change at any time soon. Cherry Tomatoes-on-Vine remain dear but regular Cherry Tomatoes have eased. Fresh Chinese Chestnuts are now plentiful and peeled Vac-Pac Chestnuts are available too.  All Wild Mushrooms seem plentiful and quality is good. English Broccoli & Cauliflowers are still very good quality and prices are very reasonable.

The switch to Southern Hemisphere Grapes has seen a big jump in the price of grapes, there is still some good Italian Black Grape available but that is getting less by the day. Dutch Rhubarb is very expensive, so best avoided. There’s plenty of large good quality Kaki/Sharon fruit and Pomegranates available. English Spartan, Royal Gala & Braeburn Apples are all very good, so too is the English Conference Pears. The supply of Pineapples seem to have tightened up but prices still remain about the same. The Plum of choice at the moment is the Italian Angeleno which is a very dark skinned, crisp plum but still sweet and tasty. All Berries remain pricey and Strawberries are creeping up daily. Oranges remain dear and Limes are getting shorter and prices have jumped up. Easy Peeling Okitsu Satsumas are getting better now as the sweetness and price is improving as time goes on.

 

Fruit & Vegetable Market Report – 20th October 2017

Fruit & Vegetable Market Report – 13th October 2017

 

Not a very eventful week on the market…… Kenyan French Beans are very reasonable this week and the Top & Tail are really good. Romanesque Cauliflowers have been plentiful so prices are realistic and worth buying. As we change over from Dutch produce to Spanish there are a few overstocks, so some prices should ease. So we expect Aubergines & Courgettes to be lower next week, Red & Yellow Peppers too are a little easier. English Black Cabbage (Cavalo Nero) is very good quality. English Broccoli is still going good but will end soon and prices are reasonable. Red Chillies are expensive at the moment but Green Chillies are OK. We’ve moved over to French Celeriac as they are much bigger and quality is goo. The selection of Wild Mushrooms are good at the moment. Obviously there’s plenty of good Pumpkins & Squashes available. Cherry Tomatoes & Cherry Tomatoes on Vine are still expensive, but French Airloom Tomatoes are reasonable.

English Braeburn Apples & Conference Pears are now flowing onto the market. English Cox’s & Russet Apples are available too. Spanish Satsumas are a little greener in skin colour this year due to the warm weather earlier in the year but the taste is not affected and they eat just as well. Seasonal fruit such as Pomegranate’s, Fresh  Cranberries & Chestnuts are all plentiful. Still no easing in the price of Kiwi & Grapes have jumped in price as we are now sourcing them from South American countries. Lemons & Medium Oranges remain dear and Large Oranges are really dear! None of the Berries are particularly cheap and the Blackberries are actually quite expensive and rumour has it that Strawberries are going to be quite short for the coming month? Most Melons are all coming from Brazil right now so they’re not the cheapest. There are some lovely Black Figs from France but they are a little on the small side and are dearer than the Turkish.

Fruit & Vegetable Market Report – 13th October 2017

Fruit & Vegetable Market Report – 13th October 2017

Pumkins & Squashes Galore…….. There is a great selection of Pumpkins & Squashes: Onion, Turban, Iron Bark, Kabocha, Acorn, to name but a few that are around right now and are a must for your menu. English Cauliflowers, Broccoli & Leeks are all reasonable this week. Brussels, Brussel Tops and Brussels on the stalk are all selling well. English Purple Sprouting Broccoli is good quality although although more expensive than regular Broccoli. Green Courgettes are still a little pricey but Yellow Courgettes are twice the price. There seems to be plenty of Asparagus about but prices don’t reflect this? Mange-Toute & Sugar Snaps in in short supply so they’re up in price this week. The washed Cornish Mid Potatoes are very good at the moment and we’ll stick with them for now.

Tomatoes in general are quite expensive at the moment but Cherry, Chery Vine & Plum Tomatoes are really short and prices are quite high. We’re expecting the English Cos & Iceberg Lettuce to end soon and Lollo & Oakleaf soon afterwards. Fennel & Orange Peppers have eased from the recent high prices.

We’re buying ‘Okitsu’ Satsumas at present for our easy peeler, its not ideal as they are a little tart but the few other varieties available all seem to have waste in them. Italian William Pears are still about the best pear around until we can get a consistent English one. Only Dutch Indoor Rhubarb is available and it is a bit pricey. There are some Chilean Cherries around but they’re not good enough. Apricots are not available either. All the Soft Berries are a little on the dear side and Strawberries are up and down on a daily basis. Kiwi prices still hasn’t eased as we’d have hoped? Turkish Figs are still good, but coming to an end.