Fruit & Vegetable Market Report – January 13th 2017
Unfortunately the weather across Europe has led to massive shortages of fresh produce. In December around the Murcia area in Spain they had the equivalent of rain that London has in 6 months, in 1 week! This led to a combined of loss of around 5 million heads of lettuce, some were replanted but a lot will not be. Add the current unusual snow and cold weather in Greece, Italy and Spain across mainland Europe and we are left with shortages and very high prices. In this ‘Force Majeure’ situation major fixed priced contracts have had to be cancelled.
Consequently the price of Aubergines, Tomatoes, Courgettes, Peppers, Cauliflowers, Leeks & Broccoli are very expensive. All Lettuces are creeping up in price too as the current stock thins out. This will last several weeks and maybe longer and is dependant on the weather. We’re told that in about 2 weeks all Spanish Dill, Mint & Coriander will be almost non-existent. On a separate note, good Chipping Potatoes are getting harder to find and rising in price weekly. English January King Cabbage is available so too is Variegated/Purple Kale.
There are some South African Apricots are around, Nectarine & Peaches too. Blood Oranges have started but are not very ‘bloody’, ideally you’ll need another week at least before they come a better colour. Despite the weather Spanish Strawberries a reasonably priced and so too are Peruvian Blueberries. Clementines are coming to an end, so we will have to move onto Nardacotts soon. English forced Rhubarb is very good, but is still pricey.