Fruit & Vegetable Market Report – June

Fruit & Vegetable Market Report – June 2016

Finally the good weather has brought on the British Produce and Prices and availability has improved for June. Cornish Mid Potatoes have started and are very good. Jersey Royal Potatoes have eased in price as well. English Asparagus is plentiful and available in many sizes, there is also Purple and White, though the French/Belgium White Asparagus does look better. Wild Asparagus is still available. English Spring Cabbage and Hispi is very good, so to is the Curly Kale. Spanish Broccoli is still very expensive, but the English is due to start soon so hopefully prices will ease. Cauliflower is better value now, so too is Spanish Courgettes and Aubergines, though Leeks remain a bit pricey. The first of the English Peas in Pod have arrived but as they are few, they are expensive. Most of the English Lettuces have started and are much better value and good quality. English Tomatoes are available but at a premium to the Dutch/Belgium. English Heritage Tomatoes from Nutbourne Nursery have a really good selection in and taste amazing. Wild Garlic is still available and has the flower on it too.

All Melons are getting cheaper by the week as more arrive from the continent, predominately from Spain. The Cantaloupe Melons from Italy are much better for only a little extra in price. Peaches, Nectarines, Plums and Apricots are also getting more plentiful and eating better now. English & Belgium Strawberries are very good but holding up in price, Early English Raspberries have begun and prices are easing. Blueberries are also reasonable. Easy Peeler’s are going to remain expensive for a while yet as there is very little around that are any good. Lemons too are very expensive, though Spanish has started and as volumes increase, prices should ease.

Fruit & Vegetable Market Report – 15th April

Fruit & Vegetable Market Report – 15th April

New Season Italian Broad Beans Peas in Pod are more readily available now and are excellent. As mentioned before, Nutbourne Farm in West Sussex in now up and running with their Heritage Tomatoes that are excellent and now in stock. Wild Garlic & Nettles are available,English Cauliflowers are priced more reasonable now after their recent high prices and this had a knock on effect forBroccoli but that’s levelled out too. Jersey Royal Potatoeshave been a struggle to get, although there has been some ‘Chats’ available which are the tiny little sized ones. January King Cabbage is difficult to source and Purple & White Sprouting Broccoli is still expensive. English Asparagus is around and quality is good but the prices are still very much on the high side.
Chilean Cherries remain very pricey but are available. English Outdoor Rhubarb is becoming more readily available and this is reflected in the price easing, but Dutch Indoor Rhubarbremains on the dear side. English Braeburn Apples from M.J. Eastwood Farm in Kent are still crispy and eat very good but are coming to an end. South African Plums are available in Red and Yellow and eat well. Moroccan Peaches also eat well but are quite expensive. Spanish Strawberries are a good buy at the moment while there is plenty around and quality is good. We still have good Blood Oranges available, but Lychees are non existent.

Fruit & Vegetable Market Report – 29th March

Fruit & Vegetable Market Report – 29th March 

As it’s the first day after the Easter break, things are a little up in air as to what is available as some suppliers have not sent in yet.
However, what we do know is Cauliflower is still very short, but we are expecting it to ease over the week. Broccoli is high in price on the back of it and Purple Sprouting Broccoli is expensive also. Brussels Sprouts are now coming to an end and Jersey Potatoes are a struggle to get. English Asparagus is around and quality is good but the prices are still very much on the high side. New Season Italian Broad Beans and Peas in Pod are more readily available now. It great to see Nutbourne Farm in West Sussex in now up and running with their English Heritage Tomatoes that are excellent and now in stock. Wild Garlic is also readily available.
Chilean Cherries remain very pricey but are available. Dutch Indoor Rhubarb is also on the dear side. English Braeburn Apples from M.J. Eastwood Farm in Kent are still crispy and eat very good but are coming to an end. South African Plums are available in Red and Yellow and eat well. Moroccan Peaches also eat well but are quite expensive.

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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.