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.

CSL Market Report 14th July 2015

County Supplies London Market Report 14th July

Apart from a few heated exchanges and a broken toe, the Covent Garden 5-a-side football tournament on Saturday went quite well. So Monday was more about the football than the produce!
Little change on last week, we have some good sized English Savoy Cabbage from Kent, Red/Green Curly Kale and good sized Cauliflowers from Lincolnshire. English Marrows & Courgettes are also around. There is a good selection of English baby Leaves including Baby Kale, Pousse, Rocket and Mixed Leaf – all available in 500g bags. Smoked Garlic has started again and there is some good loose French Corn-on-Cob. Smooth skin Feurte Avocado’s are not ripening well so we’re limited to buying the dearer Hass Variety.
Citrus prices are a problem and prices are rising affecting Oranges, Lemons & Limes. All the English Berries are available and quality is good. Peaches and Nectarines are now in their peak and prices are very reasonable. There are some French Greengages available and even some English Apricots on the market. The best easy peeler is still the Peruvian Satsumas and prices are easing slightly.

CSL Market Report 8th July 2015

County Supplies London Market Report 8th July 

Its been a tough week getting produce from the continent with all the strikes at Calais and subsequent problems on Eurostar. Usually we have our daily delivery around 1am, over the last week your lucky if it came at all! But we managed and luckily this time of year we have a lot of home grown produce around like the lovely Runner Beans & Broad Beans from D Southall & Sons in Worcs. The hike in the Cucumber price was short lived and is now back to normal. The English New Potatoes from Suffolk taste great, so do the Fresh Peas from K.S. Coles Farm in Somerset. Cauliflowers are a good size and coming from Lincolnshire at present. Please note that English Asparagus has finished, it’s Peruvian now.

Good Black Seedless Grapes are still a problem and pricey. Lemons are more expensive now that we’re buying the better quality new season Argentinian. Limes too are due to rise in price as supplies get tighter. Plenty of English berries about now including Blackberries & Blueberries. We have some lovely English Cherries from Barfield Farm in Kent (see pic), currently it’s a variety called ‘Sasha’ but it can change daily. Spanish Peaches, Nectarines & Apricots continue to be excellent and are reasonably priced.

English Cherries Kent
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New Season Asparagus

Ahhh, the Glorious 12th, today is the start of the grouse shooting season, and the first of the game birds to come into season. To me this is the first sign that winter is around the corner. Another is when Brussels sprouts first appear as we have seen this week. English runner beans have jumped in price as we have a temporary blip in supply. New season onions – from the cheaper English to the sweeter Spanish and the more niche exquisite French Roscoff all are excellent in their own right. English courgettes are plentiful and consequently cheaper.

Damsons are now in season; a small fruit with vibrant dark blue skin and a strong, sour flavour and ovoid in shape, similar to plums, great for jellies & chutneys. Blueberries are good value, but lemons remain expensive and look to get dearer still. English Victoria plums and Discovery apples continue to improve in volume and should not be missed.

English Raspberries

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