With summer in full swing and the beautiful weather giving us lots of sunshine, it is easy to see why we are having a great year for fresh produce in this country! A little bit of rain every now and again would be great, but for now we, and the local produce we stock, are happily basking in the heat!
One thing that we are sad about though is July spells the end for two of our personal favourites; local Asparagus and Wild Garlic, both of which will be off our stock list until next spring.
We also have to start to wave goodbye to Old Crop Potatoes which will begin to be replaced by the New Crop variety over the next month or so, as well as Jerusalem Artichokes and Rhubarb which will both be ending soon. Don’t forget though, Rhubarb freezes well so order now, prepare and freeze ready to use in your desserts!
As for your citrus fruits, Apples and Pears; well, they are all now switching over to southern hemisphere crops for the summer months. You’ll notice an improvement in quality but prices will be a little stronger too.
This seasons must haves include:
- Local Heygates Norfolk Peer Potatoes (which featured at the Royal Norfolk Show)
- New crop local grown carrots
- Local savoy
- New local spring cauliflower and Broccoli
- Firm favourites Suffolk border baby vegetables
- Fresh peas and broad beans
- Local baby kale
- Baby salad leaves
- Local bunched Heritage coloured Beetroots
- New crop turnips
And there truly is nothing better than local grown Strawberries and Raspberries both of which have a great flavour and are plump and juicy and ready to eat! Local grown gooseberries are also great right now; however, their season is very short so include them on your menus and specials boards now whilst they are good. We will be stocking these frozen as well for the coming months.
Other fruits on offer at the moment are European cherries, peaches, nectarines and apricots which are all coming into their prime as we speak, and we have Spanish Melons and French Charantis melons now coming into their main season and looking and tasting spectacular!
Mixed Heritage tomatoes and Heritage mixed colour radishes, English watercress and spring onions are all fresh and will be great for garnishes or salads this time of year. Plenty of flavour and colour to please all the senses.
Remember to add to your future ingredients list:
- English blackcurrants
- English Blackberries
- English Blueberries
- English Courgettes
- New crop leeks
As they are all just on the cusp of being ready to harvest; a little tip there for you to plan ahead with.
Still In, Mostly Local and Good Value
Maybe not at their best and past their peak season are a few favourites that are still great to use and cook with are:
- Parsnips, swede, leeks, celeriac and onions
- Heritage potatoes such as Ratte, Anya, Pink Fir Apple and Purple (Violette) as they shift from old crop to new
- Butternut squash and sweet potatoes
- Tenderstem broccoli
- Local Bramley cooking apples
- White and red Chicory
So if you want to make the most of these great products before we lose them for another season, order now!
Prepared Vegetables –Try our new 10mm precision diced vegetables. All types of other prepared vegetables are available- please give a minimum of 24 Hours notice. All prepared vegetables are made in-house and are a high quality product- Please call for prices. Also available prepared washed salads prepared in- house and also fresh Fruit Salad 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.
Local Cheese – All local cheeses stocked include Ferndale Farms Dapple and Smoked Dapple, Mrs Temples range, Suffolk Farmhouse Gold and Blue, Willow Farm Ewes milk White Lady, Baron Bigot Norfolk Brie, Fielding Cottage goats Ellingham and Mardler as well as goats curd.– Plenty of choice of other good quality UK and imported cheese and deli items in stock year round.