Fruit & Vegetable Market Report – 23rd February 2018

Fruit & Vegetable Market Report – 23rd February 2018

Spring is only around the corner but you’d be excused from not believing this when you consider the cold weather now and over the next week. Needless to say we’ve already been told that as it affects Europe too there will be casualties. We’ve already been told that they expect Broccoli & Cauliflower to go up already as it was already getting tighter. Closer to home we have some good Cabbages that are good value and great quality, January King is getting a bit light on the ground, but Savoy, Primo & Spring Greens are plentiful. If your a fan then Brussels & Brussels Tops are still available. Leeks are another one on the way up but quality is good. Spanish Courgettes are having a few quality issues but by having Moroccan available, prices have managed to remain the same. Belgium Aubergines have started and hopefully this will keep the price stable.

Peppers are a little above the seasonal norm and Cucumbers are a bit pricey at the moment too. Tomatoes in general are reasonable but Yellow Cherry Tomatoes are a bit tight and this is reflected in their price. The varieties of Heirloom Tomatoes just goes on and on, this week we had some lovely Blue Beauty Beefsteak Tomatoes, they were a bit pricey but were a lovely colour and tasted marvellous. Monks Beard is available still and now there is Young Nettles & Wild Garlic Leaf from the Continent has just started so initial prices are dear to start with but will come down over the next few weeks.

Plums are quite expensive at the moment and there is some Yellow plums available too. Strawberries are easing in price, but the rest of the Berries are about the same as before. Redcurrants are not so extortionate now either. Water Melons as stated before remain very expensive. English Forced Rhubarb still available and English Cox’s Apples are still popular. No Apricots available. Conference Pears are the Pear of choice at the moment as the Packhams/Williams are still rock solid, there is some Red Forelle Pears starting to arrive so we’re be looking at them too.

 

Fruit & Vegetable Market Report – 13th February 2018

Fruit & Vegetable Market Report – 13th February 2018

Mmm… Pancake day. Personally I quite like pancakes and needless to say so does our Super Salesman Matt, who said he likes this tradition and will probably have a few later, but he wasn’t quite so polite when asked what he was giving up for Lent!

Not a lot of change from last week, English Jerusalem Artichokes still very good, Mexican Asparagus has eased a little this week. Aubergines are still creeping up in price. We’re buying English & Belgian Leeks, depending on whats best value on the day. All the Root Vegetables are still good value. ‘Kallettes’ is a relatively new cross between Brussels Sprouts and Baby Kale and is a popular fashionable product at the moment and with its sweet nutty flavour it is well worth a try. There is also some lovely Purple Kale and Purple Kohl Rabi on the market. Cucumbers remain pricey but all the Lettuces and Tomatoes are steady and much the same. Kenyan Fine Beans, Sugar Snaps & Mange Toute are all reasonable and quality is good.

The Forced Rhubarb from the Yorkshire Triangle is a great as ever and has come down in price a little, this never gets as cheap as outdoor Rhubarb as its a far superior product. Blood Oranges still available but the Seville (marmalade) Oranges seem to have finished. Redcurrants are at they’re usual seasonally high price as expected for this time of year. Raspberries have been very expensive too as production is down by up to 50% in Spain due to the cold weather, this has had an impact on Strawberries too. There’s not much choice in Plums at the moment, we’re buying ‘Lady Red’ South African Plums, they are a good firm plum but are a bit pricey. Nardacotts are the choice of easy peeler at the moment as Clementines are all but finished. English Braeburn Apples are very good  and there is still English Cox’s & Gala Apples available. Bananas remain in short supply and will do for a few more weeks yet. Galia Melon is probably the best value Melon and Water Melons remain expensive.

 

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.