Fruit & Vegetable Market Report – 18th May 2018
Well if its good enough for the Royal Wedding them its good enough for your customers, Our Norfolk English Asparagus grower ‘Portwood Farm’ is supplying the Asparagus for the big day so nothing more needs to be said about his quality. The price now is more or less the price for the next few weeks so make sure you make the most of it on your menu. The Jersey Royal Potatoes harvest is now in full swing and we should see a significant drop in prices next week. The English Salad leaf crops are well under way now so Iceberg, Little Gem, Pousse, Rocket, Cos are great right now. They have started to cut the Lollo Rosso and Oakleaf but not not in great volumes for another week. Spanish Broccoli, Aubergines & Courgettes are reasonable. The English Cauliflower are good value as their so large they can only fit ten to a box and English Leeks are very reasonable too. Quality Potatoes such as Jacket Potatoes are on the increase so too are Agria Potatoes. Young Nettles are still available but Wild Garlic is coming to an end, still on foraged products, Elderberry Flowers have just started in limited quantities. Cucumbers are still relatively expensive so too are all the Dutch Peppers. English Baby vegetables have started and the quality is excellent.
The supply of English Strawberries arriving is improving so as soon as they become more affordable we can switch over to them, hopefully within a week or so. Redcurrants are extortionate at present so best avoided, Blueberries are getting more reasonable now too. Spanish Lemons & Mexican Limes are very expensive at the moment, Pineapples have also risen price this week. French Peaches & Nectarines have started but as its so early they don’t have the sugar content in them so I would hold off for now. Apricots are available and are quite tasty. Melons continue to be very expensive across the board. Plums & Apples remain expensive too.