It seems like only yesterday that we were talking about how exciting the crops of summer were going to be this year, and already we are writing about the Autumnal stock that is on its way in now we are in September.
This year has seen a great yield in almost every area of fresh produce and we think that the produce will continue to impress with local squashes and pumpkins bringing a touch of orange and sunset rust back to our tables; reminding us that Halloween is just a month away! Our favourite being the French Muscat pumpkin; which are starting to appear as we speak.
On the way out for now are local grown blueberries and rhubarb, both of which are all but finished for another season however there is plenty to keep us going until they return. They are replaced by English Victoria plums and French President plums, russet apples and Turkish black figs.
Local strawberries, raspberries and blackberries are still in full swing and are giving a great flavour this year, as are European stone fruits such as peaches, nectarines and apricots. They are excellent throughout September but will start to trail out as we head into October so make the most of them whilst you can.
Same goes for the Spanish melons and French Charantais melons. As summer fades, so too does the quality and melons from the Southern hemisphere will start to take their place.
Seasonal must haves for us include:
- Local Heygates Norfolk Peer Potatoes
- New Crop local Carrots
- New local Savoy
- Local new, spring Cauliflower and Purple Sprouting Broccoli
- Suffolk Baby Veg.
- Local Runner beans until end of the month
- Local Baby Kale and other Baby Salad leaves
- Local Heritage coloured beetroots
- New Crop Turnips
- Crab apples
- Kent cobnuts
Mixed Heritage tomatoes and radishes are still going strong this time of year and we see black cabbage, local kale and English watercress returning to our warehouse and spinach is continuing to do well as the weather cools off.
Local apples and pears will really kick off in this month too, as will main crop potatoes with the main harvest now getting underway.
Local Leeks and onions also coming into main season now too so get them whilst they’re still great!
If mushrooms are to dominate your menu this fall season, bear in mind that Chanterelles are now about to start in Europe and we are expecting so great yields from them.
Other mushrooms available throughout autumn are:
- Pied De Mouton
- Ceps (Porccini)
Still In, Mostly Local and Good Value:
- Heritage Potatoes – Ratte, Anya, Pink Fir Apple, Purple(Violette)- Butternut Squash and Sweet Potatoes
- Tenderstem Broccoli
- Local Bramley Cooking Apples- Now new crop
- Chicory – White and Red
- Local salad leaves are all still good this month with Radicchio quality and colour at its best
Try our new 10mm precision diced vegetables. All types of other prepared vegetables available, however please give minimum 24 hours’ notice.
All prepared vegetables are made in-house and are a high quality product.
Please call our team for prices on 01366 386633
Also available to order are prepared washed salads which are prepared in-house, as are fresh fruit salads and orange and grapefruit segments.
Micro Leaves, Vegetables, Shoots and Edible Flowers
A huge variety of these items are available locally from Nurtured in Norfolk- Please ask for a list.
More will become available as the light levels improve into the spring.
All local cheeses in stock including;
- Ferndale Farms Dapple and Smoked Dapple
- Mrs Temples range
- Suffolk Farmhouse Gold and Blue
- Willow Farm Ewes Milk White Lady
- Baron Bigod Sufolk Brie
- Fielding Cottage Goats
We also have a great selection of high quality UK and imported cheeses and deli items that are available all year round, just call our team on 01366 386633 to order.