Fruit & Vegetable Market Report – 24th February 2017

Fruit & Vegetable Market Report –  24th February 2017

The recent shortage of produce seems to be easing now and more lines each week are returning to near normal seasonal prices. Cos, Lollo Rosso, Oakleaf & Lollo Biando Lettuces are still dear but are easing in price each week. Little Gems are cheaper this week and Iceberg Lettuce are actually good Value. Cherry & Beef Tomatoes  have come down in price but Plum-on-Vine are still dear. Moroccan Tomatoes are the cheapest but not as good quality as the Spanish. Cucumbers are better quality as we switch to English, but a little pricier. Pepper prices are all over the place with Green being the cheapest.

Courgettes & Aubergines are more plentiful and much better value. English Cauliflowers and Spanish Broccoli are very good and prices are much better. Over the last couple of days there seems to be a lot of of Purple Sprouting Broccoli arrive on the market but prices do not reflect this yet and they are still pricey. All the English Cabbages are excellent quality and good prices. There’s still some great Squashes around like ‘Crown Prince’ & ‘Onion Squash’. French Large Leaf Spinach is still pricey but still better value than the Italian bunched. All English Root Vegetables are great value.

Pineapples are going to be a problem, they are in short supply and getting shorter, hence they’re going up in price each week. Water & Canteloupe Melons are more expensive this week, so Galia are the best value. Yellow Plums are just starting, I haven’t tried any yet so not sure how good they eat? We’ve now switched to Spanish Navel Oranges and the quality is good. Nardocots are the only good easy peeler still but still on the dear side. White Grapes are a lot shorter and dearer than the Black Grapes at the moment. American Driscoll Strawberries have jumped in price so we’ve switched back to Spanish Strawberries which are much better value, Spanish Raspberries are better value now as they’re more plentiful.

Wild Mushroom Update: Eastern European Cepes starting soon, Portuguese Girolles are poor quality and pricey, Pied de Mouton are reasonable, Trompette & Morels are pricey, No Grey Chanterelles only Yellow, Cultivated Pied Bleu plentiful.

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Fruit & Vegetable Market Report – 3rd February 2017

Fruit & Vegetable Market Report –  9th February 2017

I don’t know about you but this cold snap feels like it’s never going to end, nor does the shortage of produce. It seems to be in the news every day at the moment but there are a few lines coming down in price.

Aubergines & Courgettes are easing now and Green Peppers are more or less at the seasonal norm now. Broccoli is about the same and Cauliflowers have eased a little more, we’re buying the larger French ones as their better value than the smaller English. There is some lovely big Italian Rainbow Chard around at the moment. All Root Crops and Cabbages remain the best value so make good use of them to counter the cost. Fine & Ex/Fine Beans may increase a little over the next week as we change to a new crop. The quality of Chanterelles has been poor of late but we’re expecting some much better ones from Portugal within a week or so.

Cucumbers were expected to rise but so far have stayed pretty much the same. Tomatoes are all over the place and you get what you pay for there. Celery is much shorter and dearer as expected. French Italian Wild Rocket and Spanish Pousse is almost back to normal prices as supplies increase.

Valentines Day is around the corner and we have some HUGE Jonagold Apples with a Valentines message on them (see pic), there is very limited stock so give us a call if you want any. Clementines are finished but the Nardicotts are very good, they are a bit dearer and the ones with leaf even more so. Lemons & Limes remain steady but Water Melons, Pineapples & Honeydew Melons are all more expensive. Cantaloupe Melons represent the best value this week. We have some lovely American Driscoll Strawberries that work out about the same price as the Spanish so we’ll try to get them when we can. Cherries, Apricots, Peaches & Nectarines are not available at the moment.

Growing Underground, the unique salad farm that is 100ft below Clapham Station in South London has just released a great new range of salad mixes:

Asian – Peashoots, Purple Cress & Coriander Cress

Japanese –  Peashoots, Wasabi Cress & Pink Stem Radish Cress

Indian – Peashoots, Fennel Cress & Coriander Cress

Italian – Peashoots, Garlic Cress & Rocket Cress

English – Peashoots, Broccoli Cress & Red Mustard Cress

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Fruit & Vegetable Market Report – 3rd February 2017

Fruit & Vegetable Market Report –  3rd February 2017

There’s no easing up on the prices of produce at the moment. Even the ‘Dail Mail’ was reporting on it’s front page that some supermarkets are rationing Iceberg Lettuce and Broccoli to a maximum of 3 per visit! Well we’re not – so buy as much as you like….

In fact we’re seeing Broccoli prices ease a little, Courgettes are still very short in supply and expensive and don’t even think about ordering Yellow Courgettes as their prices are off the scale! Aubergines are looking to be available next week at a realistic price, but still expensive. Cauliflowers should be cheaper next week as there seems to be plenty around at present. Flat Parsley is getting harder to source each day and prices will rise. All the Root Crops are still good value, so too are all the Cabbages.

Celery is expected to be remain on the dear side for two more weeks when more will become available and the price should ease. Rocket & Pousse are in very short supply, but our supplier is managing to keep us stocked at the moment, although prices are dear. Little Gem and the French Lollo,Oakleaf, Curly Endive are also casualties of the weather and they too are expensive and in short supply. Good Tomatoes are a bit dearer this week, there are some cheaper Moroccan but they are a bit pale so unless they improve, well stay with the Spanish.

English Braeburn Apples are excellent at the moment and a good price so we’re using them as our Red Apple at the moment. Honeydew & Water Melons are creeping up in price, so too are Grapes. Apricots are finished now. Figs are getting Cheaper and Spanish Strawberries are still good value. Unusually, Small Bananas are hard to come by, apparently they grew too fast…..?