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Fruit & Vegetable Market Report – 23rd January 2018

Fruit & Vegetable Market Report – 23rd January 2018

Well, another year is upon us and thankfully it’s a better start than last year as we had the really bad weather in Spain that made some produce almost non existent and very expensive. That isn’t to say we’ve got away scot-free this year as there are a few short lines. Spanish Aubergines are in short supply so have jumped up this week so too are good sized Cauliflowers. Green Courgettes are moderately expensive but the Yellow Courgettes are extortionate! Savoy, January King, Portuguese Hispi, Spring Green & Primo Cabbages are all good quality and reasonably priced. English Jerusalem Artichokes are lovely and a good price. Heritage/Rainbow Vegetables continue to grow in popularity and add great colour as well as flavour to many dishes. I recommend the Rainbow Chard as its great and a firm favourite of mine.

Cucumbers continue to rise in price as supplies ease up, Rocket has eased a little in price but Mizuna has been almost non existent. Tomatoes are a mixture of Spanish or Moroccan and where the Moroccan are better value we’ll buy them, otherwise we’re stick to the Spanish.

Melons are all dearer this week and they look to stay that way for the near future. Pineapples & Plums too have jumped in price. Now is the time of year to make your Marmalade as the bitter Seville Oranges are only available for a little while. Blood Oranges are also in season now and the colour is coming on too, these have a sweeter taste and look great also. This time of year sees the start of the Yorkshire Forced Rhubarb, this is rhubarb at its best so it comes at a premium but worth the extra. South African Apricots are available, so too are Peaches & Nectarines but it wouldn’t recommend them.

Merry Christmas & Opening Times

We’d like to take this opportunity to thank all our customers for their business this year, wish you a MERRY CHRISTMAS and look forward to a prosperous New Year

Below is our opening Times over the festive period

FRIDAY 22nd December – OPEN

SATURDAY 23rd December – OPEN* (Orders must be placed by 10pm Fri 22nd)

SUNDAY 24th December – OPEN* (Orders must be placed by 10pm Fri 22nd)

MONDAY 25th December – CLOSED

TUESDAY 26th December – CLOSED

WEDNESDAY 27th December – CLOSED

THURSDAY 28th December – OPEN

FRIDAY 29th December – OPEN

SATURDAY 30th December – OPEN

SUNDAY 31st December – CLOSED

MONDAY 1st January  – CLOSED

TUESDAY 2nd January – OPEN

If you have any orders of Prepared Produce please make sure you pre-order with our Tele-Sales team as everyone has the same idea this time of year and its not guaranteed for next day if ordered late. If you want to discuss prices for prepared, just give them a call for whats available and prices.

 

PLEASE NOTE: All order for Sunday 24th December will need to be placed by 10pm Friday 22nd December

Fruit & Vegetable Market Report – 8th December 2017

Fruit & Vegetable Market Report – 8th December 2017

As we’re in the silly season, not many fresh produce lines go down in the run up to Christmas and this year is no different. On the plus side some items are not as expensive as per previous years either. Baby Vegetables have been a problem to source especially Baby Courgette, Patty Pan & Baby Bunch Rainbow Carrots. The Baby Piccolo Parsnips were not so baby, so we had to send them back and the Baby Romanesco was plentiful one minute and gone the next! So please order in advance or check with our sales staff if you have items that are not so main stream as it can be a problem. Broccoli is still pricey and Cauliflowers are getting dearer daily. Yellow Courgettes are still very expensive, so best avoided. Tomatoes continue to creep up in price and Rocket is dearer. Cold weather in Spain is having a knock on effect on prices across the board too.

South African Apricots have started but they are small at the moment. Nectarines & Peaches are available, the Nectarines are the dearer out of the two. Cherries are cheaper than they were but still very expensive. There are some seasonal Fruits around like: Prickly Pears, Custard Apples, Litchis, Pomegranates and variety of Dates. Dutch Rhubarb remains expensive, Honeydew & Water Melons are both dearer this week. Clementines are very good and the English Braeburn Apples still eat very well.

If you have any orders of Prepared Produce please make sure you pre-order with our Tele-Sales team as everyone has the same idea this time of year and its not guaranteed for next day if ordered late. If you want to discuss prices for prepared, just give them a call for whats available and prices.

We are open on Sunday 24th December for pre-ordered deliveries as we are closed from Monday 25th – Wednesday 27th December and open Thursday 28th December

Also, closed Monday 1st January, open Tuesday 2nd January

PLEASE NOTE: All order for Sunday 24th December will need to be placed by 10pm Friday 22nd December