Fruit & Vegetable Market Report – 9th March 2018
I do love a Jersey Royal Potatoes and they’re available now. The earthiness and texture is just divine. Jersey Royals have been grown on Jersey for 140 years. Today there are approximately 20 island farmers who grow Jersey Royals. The Jersey soil is light and well drained and many farmers still use seaweed harvested from Jersey beaches as a natural fertilizer (it is known locally as Vraic). They’re not cheap, but I’m sure you can add them somewhere to a dish?
Cauliflowers remain expensive, but all the other Brassica’s are easing from the recent high prices due to the weather. Leeks continue to increase in price and we’ve seen a slight change upwards on the Onions too. If you’ve ordered any Baby Bunch Veg this week then it’s been changed to Yukon as the word ‘baby’ would be out of the question, more like ‘Micro’ as they have been picked far too early to meet demand. The Wild Mushroom selection is very poor and Girolles are almost non existent. Wild Garlic Leaf has been very hard to source this week, hopefully it will improve this week.
Water Melons remain expensive. We’re expecting the Banana price to start easing next week as more containers arrive. Pineapples are reasonable, so too are Spanish Strawberries and they’re not coming through as large as they was. Red Currants are ludicrously expensive, so best avoided. Plums are more plentiful, but this hasn’t impacted on the price yet and they’re still a bit pricey but they are good quality. Apples are quite expensive this year especially the Granny Smiths due to a much smaller European crop. Nardicotts are good but getting dearer.