Fruit & Vegetable Market Report – 19th February

Fruit & Vegetable Market Report – 19th February 

Roses are red, violets… sorry that was last week!
This week is a little less interesting, except we’re still managing to get Wild Garlic leaf albeit expensive, Jersey Royal Potatoes in 6kg boxes which are great, but again expensive. Broccoli remains a good price but Cauliflowers are once again in short supply and prices have hiked up.
There are some lovely sweet French Sandy Carrots AKA  ” Carottes de Sable” which are grown in sand in a small region on the coast of Manche, France and are said by the French to be the sweetest of all carrots. Also from France is Parsley Root which look very much like parsnips (but more expensive) and seem to be very popular at the moment.
We still have a glut on Litchis so prices are cheap, but there’s only so much you can do with them? Honeydew Melons have become very expensive as supplies dry up, so too are Cherries. Bergamot Lemons are available and they are much sweeter and the oil in the skin is sought after by chefs. Still on a Citrus note, we still have Seville Oranges and Blood Oranges but they are both coming to an end.

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Fruit & Vegetable Market Report 5th February 2016

Fruit & Vegetable Market Report 5th February 2016

Not a lot of change on last week really, Purple Sprouting Broccoli remains pricey, Yellow Courgettes are so expensive, G4S are delivering them!

Broccoli and Cauliflower are reasonable, so too are Courgettes now. Shallots, Cherry Tomatoes and Rocket have all eased in price and are a good buy, but Beef Tomatoes are quite expensive. All Peppers have jumped in price and may go higher. With the exception of  Mids that are dearer this week, Potato prices are remaining steady at the moment.

Cherries are good but remain very expensive. We have some Peaches from Chile that look good but are rock hard and need to ripen off, the South African are no good either. All Grapes are much dearer this week, so too are Lemons. There’s plenty of Lychees so prices are much cheaper. Yorkshire Forced Rhubarb prices are starting to ease now and Spanish strawberries are better quality this week.

Fruit & Vegetable Market Report January 26th 2016

Fruit & Vegetable Market Report January 26th 2016

Where did January go to….

So we’re approaching February already and there’s already signs of Spring as we’ve had some Wild Garlic in already! This is also the time of year for Italian Monks Beard, quality is good but a little pricey. We have some lovely Purple Sporting Broccoli from A C Turner & Son in Essex but as there is limited supplies, prices are a little higher. English Cauliflowers are in short supply so we’re having to buy Spanish & French to fill the demand so prices are a little dearer. Spanish Broccoli is plentiful and prices are good. English and French Jerusalem Artichokes are excellent at the moment, Globe Chokes are reasonably priced too. AVOID Yellow Courgettes as their horrendously expensive. Hass Avocado’s are in short supply, so prices are up. There are limited supplies of English January King Cabbage available and quality and price is good.

No let up in the price of English Forced Rhubarb. Spanish Strawberries are better, but still suffering from ‘White Shoulders’. this is where to top part of the strawberry is white as opposed to being completely red. South African Grapes are up in price and may go higher. Honeydew Melons are up in price too and supply is very tight. Nardicotts are the preferred ‘easy peeler’ at the moment and come with leaf  at a premium. South African Peaches & Nectarines are best avoided, they look good but do not eat well, their Plums are good and both Red & Yellow are available.

Fruit & Vegetable Market Report January 19th 2016

Fruit & Vegetable Market Report January 19th 2016

This time of year you need good hearty vegetables and the UK has some great choice, Savoy & Primo Cabbage are excellent and reasonably priced, Parsnips, Turnips, Carrots & Swede are all in their prime. Cauliflowers are more expensive this week, but Curly Kale a Purple Sprouting Broccoli are not to be missed and a good alternative. If looking for something a little different there are Baby Piccolo Parsnips and White/Orange Chantenay Carrots. Spanish Broccoli is reasonable and Courgettes have eased this week. Avocadoes remain dear so too is French Spinach.

Spanish & Moroccan Strawberries are available but are best avoided at present as they are just not good enough. Cantaloupe Melons are more expensive as we move from Brazilian to Costa Rican, Galia Melons are reasonable though. Apricots are available, so too are Cherries, but the latter is poor quality and expensive. Seville & Blood Oranges are still around. And finally, new season Forced Yorkshire Rhubarb prices remain high.

Fruit & Vegetable Market Report December 11th 2015

Fruit & Vegetable Market Report December 11th 2015

There are some lovely Jersey Royal Potatoes available, but they do come at a steep price. English Cauliflowers remain a good Price. English Black Cabbage. Kale, and Purple Sprouting Broccoli are all excellent quality.Brussels (inc. prepared),  Brussel Tops and Brussels on the Stem are still reasonable and there’s a few Purple Sprouts too. All Heritage Carrots, White, Purple, Mixed Bunches and Mini Chantenay all still available. Mange-Toute & Sugar Snaps remain in short supply so prices are still high, although Fine Beans are not affected at the moment.
Strawberries have eased a little but prices are volatile. South African Stone Fruit is slowly improving, the Nectarines are not bad, the Peaches are still not recommended, but we do have Apricots now and Plums are starting to arrive, but are still pricey. Chilean Cherries are better quality, but still very expensive. Kaki Fruit is popular at the moment and they are a good size too.
Bunches of Mistletoe and Holly is available.

Fruit & Vegetable Market Report December 1st 2015

Fruit & Vegetable Market Report December 1st 2015

With a few exceptions, prices are not too bad. English Cauliflowers are huge and plentiful so prices have been kept in touch for this time of year. Spanish Broccoli was expected to rise but that too has remained the same. English Savoy Cabbage are a good hefty size at the moment. Mange-Toute & Sugar Snaps remain in short supply so prices are still high, so too is the African Tender Stem Broccoli. We have now moved onto French Spinach as the English & Italian are no longer any good. Brussels Tops and Brussels on the Stem are available.
There seems to be no let up on the Strawberriesas they remain expensive. There are a fewCherries available, but their quality does not match their extortionate price. Pomegranates are a good size and reasonably priced. Lemons have eased but there is still a lack of supply so prices could go back up? English Braeburn Apples are excellent from M. J. Eastwood in Tonbridge, Kent. South African Peaches & Nectarines are available, but are still a bit immature and small. We are also expecting Apricots to arrive shortly.

Fruit & Vegetable Market Report November 13th 2015

Fruit & Vegetable Market Report November 13th 2015

We had our first samples from Growing Underground, the unique farm 33 metres under Clapham High Street in Transport for London Underground tunnels used in the blitz to protect people. We will be distributing free samples to our customers over the next couple of weeks as the guys down there perfect their growing schedule.
Prices in general seem to be a bit easier this week as Spanish Tomatoes, Aubergines andPeppers are all cheaper. Green Courgettes have been ruthlessly dear lately, but even they are starting to ease in price although the Yellow Courgettes are still expensive and poor quality. There are Bobby Beans from Egypt now available but Kenyan Mange-Toute & Sugar Snap are up in price. English Cauliflower & Broccoli are good value and the Purple Kohl Rabi from B.E. Bransden in Surrey looks great. Potato prices are creeping up and we’ve had a price increase onPar-Fried Chips.
Dutch Indoor Rhubarb is very good but prices are steep. Spanish Clementine’s are tasting good and reasonably priced so too areBrazilian Galia Melons, unfortunately the Water Melons remain pricey. Spanish Lemons are now coming down in price and Lychees are now available but there are still no Cherries, orApricots yet.

Fruit & Vegetable Market Report October 27th 2015

Fruit & Vegetable Market Report October 27th 2015

It’s widely thought that Halloween originated in the USA, but not so…. A roguish Irishman known as Stingy Jack, who tricked the devil was doomed to wander the earth for all eternity with only an ember of hell-fire to light his way. Forward to the 1800s and people were applying the name “jack-o’-lantern” to a homemade object more commonly known before that as a “turnip lantern”. Irish immigrants brought the tradition to America, home of the pumpkin, and it became an integral part of Halloween festivities. Which brings me to the current day and despite the short supply of Pumpkins this year, we’ve managed to secure them in 3 sizes, sm, med & large. This common orange variety of Pumpkin is not the best tasting by far so we have many other varieties available (call us for prices). Chantenay Carrots now do a Heritage Mix and its very good and worth a try. Parsley root is now available for those asking.
There are now plenty of the cheaper Chinese Chestnuts available. Brussels Sprouts are plentiful, so too is the choice of Wild Mushrooms around. Peruvian Asparagus has eased in price, so too has English Broccoli & Cauliflower. The Spanish Peppers are now replacing the Dutch and prices are easing, but Spanish Aubergines remain the same.
The Spanish Okitsu Satsumas are now tasting better and are a cheaper replacement for the now finished Nardicots. Despite moving onto Spanish Lemons, demand is strong and prices remain dear. All Berries have jumped in price and are quite expensive. English Comice & Conference Pears from J.G. Piper in Kent eat well and are reasonably priced. Now’s a good time to buy to make Quince Jelly as we have some good French ones available. Still no Kaffir Limes, Curry Leaves & Lychees. Supplies of Turkish Figs are now thinning out so expect prices to rise. Cherries are now on the market but prices are steep.

Fruit & Vegetable Market Report September 15th 2015

Fruit & Vegetable Market Report September 15th 2015

It’s not officially Autumn until 23rd September, but the cooler weather feels like its here already. To emphasize the Autumnal feel we have a good selection of Winter Squashes available now. From the plain old Spaghetti Squash to the warted looking Pattison Strie (list of current availability and forth coming varieties available), there’s plenty to choose from.  Individual Baby Pumpkins are available too. If you need something for an Autumn theme display then there are some lovely Gould’s available. Plump, Large French Chestnuts have also started, but come with a hefty price tag. Continental Wet Walnuts have arrived, so too have Quinces. English Corn-on-Cob is excellent and a good buy. English Peas are coming to an end but we’re still getting regular supplies of English Broad Beans & Runner Beans. White Asparagus is very expensive, but the Green Asparagus is ok. Tomatoes are getting pricier by the day and the price of English Iceberg Lettuce has risen. English Lollo & Oakleaf are still reasonable and good quality. The Wild Mushroom selection has greatly improved now as we approach Autumn.

Squash Varieties currently available: Onion, Gem, Pattison Strie, Patty Pan Yellow, Spaghetti, Blue Ballet, Crown Prince, Casperita and Harlequin

Coming soon: Turban, Acorn, Kaboocha

Turkish Figs are plentiful and prices have reduced. English Victoria and the darker Marjorie Seedling Plums are good and eating well. English Discovery Apples have finished their short season, but we have Early Windsor, Coxes & Bramley available now. English Raspberries are good, but we’re buying the more consistent Dutch Strawberries rather than the English. Oranges & Lemons remain dear, so are Water Melons & Galia Melons. French Greengages have come to an end, so too are Spanish Peaches & Nectarines ending, however we do have some excellent French Peaches available but they come at a premium price.

Fruit & Vegetable Market Report September 15th 2015

Fruit & Vegetable Market Report September 15th 2015

It’s not officially Autumn until 23rd September, but the cooler weather feels like its here already. To emphasize the Autumnal feel we have a good selection of Winter Squashes available now. From the plain old Spaghetti Squash to the warted looking Pattison Strie (list of current availability and forth coming varieties available), there’s plenty to choose from.  Individual Baby Pumpkins are available too. If you need something for an Autumn theme display then there are some lovely Gould’s available. Plump, Large French Chestnuts have also started, but come with a hefty price tag. Continental Wet Walnuts have arrived, so too have Quinces. English Corn-on-Cob is excellent and a good buy. English Peas are coming to an end but we’re still getting regular supplies of English Broad Beans & Runner Beans. White Asparagus is very expensive, but the Green Asparagus is ok. Tomatoes are getting pricier by the day and the price of English Iceberg Lettuce has risen. English Lollo & Oakleaf are still reasonable and good quality. The Wild Mushroom selection has greatly improved now as we approach Autumn.

Squash Varieties currently available: Onion, Gem, Pattison Strie, Patty Pan Yellow, Spaghetti, Blue Ballet, Crown Prince, Casperita and Harlequin

Coming soon: Turban, Acorn, Kaboocha

Turkish Figs are plentiful and prices have reduced. English Victoria and the darker Marjorie Seedling Plums are good and eating well. English Discovery Apples have finished their short season, but we have Early Windsor, Coxes & Bramley available now. English Raspberries are good, but we’re buying the more consistent Dutch Strawberries rather than the English. Oranges & Lemons remain dear, so are Water Melons & Galia Melons. French Greengages have come to an end, so too are Spanish Peaches & Nectarines ending, however we do have some excellent French Peaches available but they come at a premium price.