Fruit & Vegetable Market Report – November 4th 2016
Whilst on this day in 1605 Guy Fawkes was planning to blow up King James 1 the next day, some 300 years later Howard Carter discovered Tutankhamen with all his treasures and Gems. Well, we have some Gems this week. English Leeks, Spanish Courgettes & Broccoli are all good value at the moment. Spanish Peppers & Aubergines are reasonable too. The exception is Yellow Courgettes and French Globe Artichokes as they’re outrageously expensive. We’ve switched over to English Leafy Celeriac as opposed to the French as its better value and quality. We are still buying English Rocket in 500g Bags when possible as their still good value, but the Italian bunches are available if you want to pay the extra, just ask when you order. The Potato crop was much smaller this year and that is impacting on prices and availability, so prices are creeping up. Purple Brussels Sprouts & Brussels Stalks are available, but need to be pre-ordered.
All the Lettuces are now Spanish or French so they are a little dearer. The last few dribs and drabs of English Runner Beans have finally finished but we have some Kenyan ones to replace them. Unusually there are some Moroccan Bobby Beans available.
Please be warned…. Strawberries are horrendously expensive at the moment, cut down or avoid if possible. The rest of the Berries are a bit on the dear side but acceptable. Grapes are expected to jump in price as supplies are dwindling and Figs, Air Freight Mangoes, Dutch Rhubarb and New Season South African Peaches are expensive too. Satsumas and Clementines are eating very well and are not badly priced nor are Pineapples. Chinese Chestnuts are now available and half the price of the French (but the French are bigger and better). Apricots, Cherries & Lychees are still not available.