Fruit & Vegetable Market Report – 2nd March 2018
Needless to say the weather is affecting almost everything. Even if the Farmer manages to pick the crop he may not be able to get the transport to him to collect it. A good example is Yorkshire Forced Rhubarb, its grown in sheds inside and is not really affected by the weather but supplies have been very tight as they cannot get it collected during this snowy weather! As this is a European weather problem we cannot simply switch to mainland Europe to fill the gaps in our own shortages as their in the same boat and we rely heavily on Europe this time of year. Young Nettles & Wild Garlic are in short supply due to the weather.
So far Cauliflowers have been badly affected and are very expensive this week. All the English Cabbages are up in price and some have a quality issue too. Root crops, as in Carrots & Parsnips are currently coming from storage so are not directly impacted yet. There is big problems in Italy, so Continental Parsley, Fennel, Cavolo Nero and many other leafy crops are frozen in the ground. In the coming weeks we may see Potatoes start to creep up in price for the better ones, the larger crop last year has up until now keep prices lower than average.
Bananas remain expensive whilst supplies are tight. Spanish Strawberries are still reasonable and we’re expecting more Dutch fruit to arrive soon too. Good Apples of all sizes are proving very hard to source and will remain expensive for some time to come. English Braeburn have more or less finished but there are still some English Royal Gala Apples around. Water Melons are very expensive and we’ve switched over to some better larger Honeydew Melons that work out better value. There are a few Yellow Plums available.