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.

CSL Market Report 25th August 2015

CSL Fruit & Vegetable Market Report 25th August 2015

The Potato main crop harvest has well and truly started now and all potatoes are new season so the initial new season rise in prices have eased and are stabling. English Primo cabbages are a good size and value for money. Unfortunately the same cannot be said for Cauliflowers, the prices has increased and the sizes are smaller as growers struggle with demand and are picking early.English Broccoli & Purple Sprouting Broccoliare both good at the moment and down in price too.
There’s not much to choose from on the Wild mushroom front and prices are on the dearer side. English Root crops too are still a bit on the pricey side for this time of year. Cucumber prices have rocketed as there is a supply shortage. Tomato prices have risen too.
Italian William Pears have started, so too have early English Conference PearsDiscovery Apples are still the only early English Apple but other varieties will be available imminently. Spanish Peaches & Nectarines are still good but the Water Melons are getting more expensive. English Plums are in full swing and and quality is good. Satsumas are coming to an end and we’ll have to move onto the dearer Nardicotts initially. Damsons are available now too.

CSL Market Report 11th August 2015

Fruit & Vegetable Market Report 11th August 2015

The 12th August known as ‘The Glorious Twelth’ is upon us again, meaning the start of the Grouse shooting season and unfortunately due to bad spring weather it’s not so glorious as there were fewer nesting birds. The start of the shooting season means a menu change for many and a chance to add some seasonal fruits to their savoury menus.
So we have several varieties of English Plums, the first of the English Apples in Discovery, which are great for juicing, if your into your foraging, Elderberries are starting to ripen and there are plenty of Blackberries in the hedgerows.
On the Market there are many good English Brassicas, including Cavalo Nero, Curly Kale and Broccoli that has now eased in price. Purple & Green Kohl Rabi and Purple & Yellow Cauliflower are available. For customers wanting a good chipping Potato, were still buying the Spanish Agria Potatoes until the English New crop has matured in size and skin.
Barlotti Beans are expensive at the moment, so to are Kenyan Fine Beans.
English Cherries
are imminently ending, but all the English Berries are in full flow including Black Currants & BlueberriesLemons & Oranges are still expensive and show no sign of getting cheaper any time soon.

CSL Market Report 25th July 2015

Fruit & Vegetable Market Report 25th July 2015

This unusual cold spell shows no sign of returning to the lovely warm weather we expected for July and as a subsequence soft fruits are starting to suffer as they need warm dry weather. So if the cold & wet continues English Strawberries & Raspberries will suffer the most and prices will increase. We still have English Cherries, but supplies are getting shorter. English Plums have now started and the first early variety we have is a ‘Meritare’ which is not dissimilar to a Victoria Plum. Dutch Pineberries & Stayberries are now available again. English Apricots are lovely but not available every day. All Citrus Fruit in particular Oranges & Lemons remains very tight and prices are high. Pineapples too are creeping up in price. Water Melons are cheaper this week so are a good buy.
Broccoli has doubled in price due to short supply, Cauliflower, Cucumbers and Baby Artichokes are all dearer this week too. Marrows are plentiful now and are a good price. All the English Lettuces remain a good price, as do the Beef Tomatoes. The Wild Mushroom selection is a bit limited this time of year and can be expensive, so you may want to check before ordering. Avocados are in short supply still and the ‘Hass‘  variety is still the best around even though it is a bit pricier.