Fruit & Vegetable Market Report – 15th June 2018
All good things come to an end and English Asparagus is no different. Although it started later it is still finishing around the same time as per usual. Only smaller quantities are coming through now and there will be a cut off point in about a week because the farmer has to let the spears mature so as to feed the plants roots for next year. But there is other great English produce to compensate for example, English Broad Beans & English Peas in Pod. New Season English Carrots are available but they’re still on the small side. Jersey Royal Potatoes are much more affordable now and very good quality, so too are Cornish New Crop Potatoes. English Broccoli has started but volumes are low so we’re still having to top up with Spanish for a couple of days. French Leeks are expensive as they’re the only ones worth buying, the others are woody. Parsnips are dearer as we’ve moved over to Spanish for a couple of months. Cauliflowers have rocketed in price as the winter crop came to an abrupt end and Summer Cauliflower is a little late, they also come up smaller. Baby Bunch Artichokes are dear at the moment. Tomatoes are reasonable and all the English Lettuces are excellent. Tenderstem Broccoli & Fine Beans are both expensive at the moment.
English Strawberries both taste and look excellent at the moment, English Raspberries & Gooseberries are good too. Cherries are a bit of a problem, there is plenty around but the quality is poor. We’re now on South African Forelle Pears as they’re only slightly less hard than the Packhams! Nectarines & Peaches are very good and all are eating well especially the Flat Varieties. Elder Flower has all but come to an end now. Italian Canteloupe Melons have arrived and they eat much better than their South American cousins and are better priced. Water Melons are starting to become more plentiful so hopefully prices will start to ease. Needless to say Apples remain dear until we get the new crop starting.