Fruit & Vegetable Market Report – 27th April 2018
English Asparagus is now in full swing and our Norfolk grower ‘Portwood Farm’ has said the quality is excellent. English Asparagus on has a short season so make sure there’s room on your menu for some. Somewhat more expensive and harder to source is Wild Asparagus, it’s barley type look is quite different and it’s just come into season and sporadic supplies are coming through. Another great UK grower is Nutbourne Nursery, their Heirloom Tomatoes are second to none! They are more expensive than most other English growers but their flavour and quality is well worth it, they’re now packing in loose 3kg boxes (Please request NUTBOURNE when ordering). Jersey Royal Potatoes are expected to go down sometime next week as they move over to the main outdoor crop. English Cauliflowers, Spanish Courgettes & Belgium Leeks remain reasonable but Broccoli has jumped in price and is expected to get much dearer in the next couple of weeks as supplies tighten.
Portuguese Savoy Cabbage is in short supply and up in price. Mange-toute & Sugar Snaps look to go up in price as rain is affecting the crop. English Onions are still dear and has quality issues. Spanish & Chilean Onions are available but nearly double the price. Tomatoes are much the same with the exception of Beef Tomatoes that are dearer this week. Much later than usual but we should be starting on some English Lettuces next week, first will be the Little Gem & Pousse Baby spinach with the other lettuces coming soon after. The lateness of the English crop has had an impact on the price of Iceberg Lettuce and due to short supply issues, it is much more expensive at present.
English Outdoor Rhubarb is much better now and great value for money. Dutch Strawberries have eased after the spike in prices last week. Apples remain expensive and continue to go up in price. All Melons are dear but Water Melons & Cantaloupe especially so. Nardicotts are coming to an end and have quality issues too so we should be moving to Ortaniques next week, only problem is that they can be more of a hard Peeler as opposed to an easy peeler! We’re still stuck with just Conference Pears as the main stream pear of choice, hopefully some Comice will arrive soon. Lemons are creeping up in price and Limes are dearer as we switch from Brazil to Mexican. No Cherries or Apricots available at present.