Fruit & Vegetable Market Report – 9th September 2016

Fruit & Vegetable Market Report – September 9th 2016

Cobnuts are now at their best. A cultivar of the Hazelnut and grown in the UK since the 16th Century, these are great eaten as they are or roasted and added to salads or Game dishes. Other not so obvious English seasonal produce available is Purple/Green Curly Kale, Kohl Rabi. Cavolo Nero, Fennel, Purple Sprouting Broccoli and Bobby Beans. Also the English Romanesco is a good size and reasonably priced so too is Broccoli and lastly Baby Kale is great for salads. English Corn-on-Cob is such good value and full of flavour, English Bunch Spinach is good but the large leaf French Spinach is better value. Green Courgettes remain a good Buy and Yellow Courgettes are not overly expensive too. Peppers across the board have eased in price. Nutbourne Nursery in West Sussex are still turning out a delightful selection of Heritage Tomatoes in their mixed box. English Lollo Biando & Oakleaf are coming to an end and we will switch to the continent lettuces if the the quality drops. Mid Potatoes have crept up in price over the last week for no obvious reason and there are still Jersey Royal Ware & Mid Potatoes available.

Extra Sweet Pineapples remain expensive but there seems to be more available so we expect the price to ease over the next week or so. Lemons have remained expensive incessantly but finally prices are easing. Unfortunately the same cannot be said about Melons, Galia, Honeydew & Water Melons, are all much higher in price. Cantaloupe seem about the best priced. English Victoria Plums are now ending and have risen in price. English Discovery Apples are ending too but there are some lovely Worcester & Early Windsor Apples to compensate. Easy Peelers are a problem, The South African Nardicots that we’re buying now are the best we can find, but they are expensive and have quite a few pips! English Wye Valley Blueberries are very good and so too are the English Raspberries. We have some good Canadian Cherries available but they are very expensive.

Fruit & Vegetable Market Report – 2nd September 2016

Fruit & Vegetable Market Report – September 2nd 2016

Ever since my cheffy days I’ve always found Pastry Chefs as a bit mad and even back in 1666 on this day (sept 2nd) one of them was blamed for starting the Great Fire of London!

Unfortunately they never had the choice of produce that is available today, we’ve got some great English fruits available in the way of Discovery Apples, Victoria Plums, Kentish Cobnuts to name but a few. Blueberries from the Wye Valley are excellent and we have just started English Conference Pears but you will need reinforced teeth to eat them! From the Continent there very good Mirabelle PlumsGreengages, Fresh Chestnuts in their cobs and Wet Walnuts, but the latter two are in Peter’s words ‘F**ing expensive!’ There some lovely Apricots and Flat Peaches from Spain that are reasonably priced. Pineapples are in really short supply and are expensive, unfortunately a few other lines are still expensive like Melons, Lemons and Oranges (Galia has doubled in price over the last 10 days). The best buy at the moment is Turkish Figs, not only are they cheaper, but they eat fantastically. Lastly, Elderberries are all but finished but we may have a few days left.

Potatoes are easing a little, historically they normally drop in price in September so we’ll have to wait and see. We have been buying some good sized, bold Cauliflowers and Savoy Cabbage from Francis & Son from Lincolnshire. English Broccoli is easing and hopefully will continue to get cheaper. All the English Peas-in-Pod, Broad Beans, Runner Beans and Bobby Beans are still good and plentiful. English Corn-on-Cob are still a good buy, plump and beautifully sweet. We’ll probably switch to French Spinach in a few days as the price has eased. Courgettes continue to be a good buy and finally the Pepper price is starting to ease but Aubergines have shot up in price.

Fruit & Vegetable Market Report – 26th August 2016

Fruit & Vegetable Market Report – August 26th 2016

Oh no…… English Pumpkins are now available, I can’t believe it’s that time of year already! This means Autumn is only around the corner, where’s the summer gone?

Anyway, in addition to the regular Pumpkins there is an ever growing selection if English & European Pumpkins and Squashes available. Some of the English Salad lettuces are coming to an end and we will be swapping to French if we see the quality drop, but the Cos & Little Gems Lettuces from Bett’s in Kent are excellent quality still. English Broccoli remains dear and the is a small amounts of Purple Sprouting Broccoli available. We expected the Potatoes to ease in price but its actually gone up a little! English Heritage Tomatoes are still very good and English Cob-Nuts are much better now. Wild Elderberries are coming to an end, so make the most of them while you can. There is a number of new Micro Cresses available, like Chickweed, Quinoa and Agastache Flower , but there is too many to list, give us a call for more information as some are only available by pre-order. English Corn-on-Cob is great value and tastes great.

As we move over to New Season European Apples there will be an initial small price increase until volumes grow, we’ve just started with French Granny Smiths and the quality is much better. Braeburn Apples are now from New Zealand and are very crisp. In addition to New Season English Discovery Apples, there is Early Windsor and Bramley Apples. Pineapples remain expensive. Damsons and Victoria Plums are more plentiful and quality is excellent. You can’t go wrong with Turkish Figs at the moment, they are a good price and full of flavour. Pears have been a problem of late, so we’re trying a Packham Pear from Argentina so let us know what you think. All the English Berries are still available, but the best Strawberries are still at a premium price.

Fruit & Vegetable Market Report – August 19th

Fruit & Vegetable Market Report – August 19th 2016

Victoria Plums from Kent have started and to me they are the best tasting plums, their season is very short and they don’t keep very well once their ripe, so order only what you need daily. Damsons are available too, we class them as plums, but their actually part of the Rose family and make excellent Jams & Jellies. All the English Berries are available but the quality of Strawberries has been as issue of late. There are some lovely French White Peaches available and the quality is second to none but they are a bit pricey. Honeydew Melons are getting short as the Spanish season ends and prices are rising daily and Canteloupe Melons are not far behind.. Galia Melon is still plentiful and good value at the moment. Discovery Apples are great, but their not around for long so get them now, more English Apples will come available of the next few weeks. Fraises des Bois are available but sporadic in supply, they do turn very quickly so it’s best to pre-order in advance and we know they will be fresh.

Dan Lloyd of Worcester is a great grower and his Runner Beans are excellent at the moment. So too is the Cavalo Nero from B. E. Bransden. Rainbow Chard is another great veg, very vibrant in colour with a good dark leaf. Cauliflowers remain dear, but Broccoli has eased a little. Parsnips are English now so the prices will ease. Another flush of New Season Jersey Mids in 5kg boxes are now available. Shallots are much better now that we’re on the new season stock. English Courgettes remain plentiful so prices are very reasonable. English Lollo Rosso, Biando, Oakleaf are all good quality and value, so too is the English Pousse & Rocket.

Fruit & Vegetable Market Report – August

Fruit & Vegetable Market Report – August 2016

Ahh August, good weather and the the start of the Grouse shooting season on the Glorious 12th, Partidge and Pheasant comes later. Plenty of English Berries around for your summer pudding – Blueberries, Redcurrants, White Currants, Blackberries, Raspberries & Strawberries. Discovery Apples, as usual are the first of the English Apples to arrive on the market and will only be at their best for about a month. English Plums have started but are still a little under-ripe, so I suggest waiting another week. Wild Elderberries are available, again they are only short lived so make the most of them now or bottle them up and store for later. Cob-Nuts have started, but we only have the French at the moment, the English should start soon. Also from France there are Greengages & Mirabelle Plums. Lemons remain ridiculously expensive and no sign of easing. Spanish Apricots are very nice, so are all manner of Peaches and Nectarines whether it be flat, round, white etc. Cherries are a lot shorter and coming mainly from the USA so prices are high, but quality is good. The best tasting east peeler we’ve found at the moment is a Nardorcott variety from Peru.

Finally we’re rid of last season’s Potatoes, therefore prices will ease as more new season is lifted and quality is MUCH better. This will also greatly ease the Jacket Potato price over the next month or two. English Corn-on-Cob are now available and much better tasting than the imports. English Broccoli  & Cauliflower are dearer as supplies are short, Cucumbers and Aubergines are also more expensive. Curly Kale from Lancashire is very good so too is all the English lettuces, we currently getting some great ones from L.J. Betts from Kent. All the English Peas, Runner Beans, Broad Beans, Bobby Beans are all in their prime. English Cavolo Nero & Romanesco is good and English Courgettes remain a good buy. Nutbourne Nursery in Sussex still have a great selection of Heritage Tomatoes in their 5kg mixed boxes. The large leaf French Spinach is still dear so we still recommend the English bunched Spinach as a good alternative.

Fruit & Vegetable Market Report – June

Fruit & Vegetable Market Report – June 2016

Finally the good weather has brought on the British Produce and Prices and availability has improved for June. Cornish Mid Potatoes have started and are very good. Jersey Royal Potatoes have eased in price as well. English Asparagus is plentiful and available in many sizes, there is also Purple and White, though the French/Belgium White Asparagus does look better. Wild Asparagus is still available. English Spring Cabbage and Hispi is very good, so to is the Curly Kale. Spanish Broccoli is still very expensive, but the English is due to start soon so hopefully prices will ease. Cauliflower is better value now, so too is Spanish Courgettes and Aubergines, though Leeks remain a bit pricey. The first of the English Peas in Pod have arrived but as they are few, they are expensive. Most of the English Lettuces have started and are much better value and good quality. English Tomatoes are available but at a premium to the Dutch/Belgium. English Heritage Tomatoes from Nutbourne Nursery have a really good selection in and taste amazing. Wild Garlic is still available and has the flower on it too.

All Melons are getting cheaper by the week as more arrive from the continent, predominately from Spain. The Cantaloupe Melons from Italy are much better for only a little extra in price. Peaches, Nectarines, Plums and Apricots are also getting more plentiful and eating better now. English & Belgium Strawberries are very good but holding up in price, Early English Raspberries have begun and prices are easing. Blueberries are also reasonable. Easy Peeler’s are going to remain expensive for a while yet as there is very little around that are any good. Lemons too are very expensive, though Spanish has started and as volumes increase, prices should ease.

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.