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.

Best of British Produce – August

Best of British – August

Salads: Cucumbers, Radish, Spring Onion, Wild Rocket, Round Lettuce, Raddichio, Little Gem, Pousse, Lollo Rosso, Oakleaf, Iceberg Lettuce, Cos Lettuce. Tomatoes (inc. Heritage), Watercress, Micro Cresses, Celery
Vegetables: Cauliflower, Swede, Beetroot, Carrots, Leeks, Red & Primo Cabbage, Chantenay Carrots, Broccoli, Piccolo, Celery, Mid Potatoes, Turnips, Green & Purple Curly Kale, Savoy Cabbage, Cavalo Nero, Broccoli, Peas In Pod, Broad Beans, Runner Beans, Bobby Beans, Courgettes, Purple Sprouting Broccoli, New Season Main Crop Potatoes
Fruit: Bramley Cooking Apples, Discovery Apples, Rhubarb, Strawberries, Raspberries, White Currants, Red Currants, Blueberries, Blackberries, Cob Nuts
Foraging: Wild Elderberries,

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.