Fruit & Vegetable Market Report – 16th June 2017
We’re likely to get the hottest weekend of the year so far and it has to be the best time to enjoy the best of our British fruits and there’s none better than English Strawberries. They are just fantastic at the moment and loving the sun as much as we are. English Raspberries are eating very well too and all this sunshine will bring on the English Blackberries & Gooseberries too as there’s only been a few available to date. There’s quite a selection of Cherries available from all over Europe, prices are very reasonable and there’s some white varieties too. Plums & Satsumas are still not the greatest, but Peaches, Nectarines & Apricots are all good. Spanish Water, Galia, Honeydew & Canteloups Melons are increasing in volume and prices are easing.
Jersey Mids & Ware Potatoes are probably as cheap as their going to get and their earthy taste is lovely just washed and boiled. Early New Crop Scraping Potatoes are also very good, it will be some time before we get main crop to replace the old crop. We’ve now switched to French Carrots while we wait until the English new crop start again. The Tender Stem Broccoli from Oakley Farms in Cambridgeshire is stonkingly great. English Savoy is starting to make an appearance but until they are bigger, we’ll stick to the Portuguese. Still no Iron Bark Pumpkins so any ordered are being replaced with Crown Prince. The Wild Mushroom selection is still sparse with Girolles & Chanterelles as the main choice. All the English Lettuces are tip top so too are the English Artichokes. We’re still waiting for the English Runner Beans to start but there are some English Marrows arrived. Aubergines have gone up in price as availability have eased up.