The main news we have all been hearing about recently is the weather situation in Spain, France and Italy which has caused unprecedented levels of crop losses and shortages through January with this situation likely to continue through February and into March. Many plantings were lost in the floods before Christmas and the very cold weather in January.
Crops affected are as follows:
Unfortunately the following items have all been affected by the unrelenting Spanish weather:
Tomatoes, Cucumbers, Aubergines, Peppers, Courgettes, Broccoli, Fennel and all Leaf Salads including Spinach.
There are very few alternatives for the salad items in short supply but there are other vegetables to make the most of including Carrots, Parsnips, Swede, Leeks, Celeriac and Beetroot.
Savoy, Red, White and some January King cabbages are still hanging on as well as Sprouts and Sprout Tops, along with Green, Purple and Red Kale.
Cauliflowers are weather dependant – unfortunately the cold weather will create temporary head size reductions and tightening of supplies.
We currently have a great selection of Fine Beans, Mangetout, Sugarsnap Peas, Tenderstem Broccoli, Butternut Squash and Sweet Potatoes, which are all good Southern hemisphere products.
Other good stuff
Yorkshire and local Forced Rhubarb will be available through February and March with the local outdoor variety coming in around mid April.
Our range of Heritage Potatoes which include Ratte, Anya, Pink Fir Apple and Purple (Violette) are all in stock and still going well.
Baby Vegetables are still mostly imported but availability should be good this month.
Blood Oranges are looking very good and colourful right now and will be available until April with Seville Oranges (Great for making marmalade) will be available until end of the month. Spanish Satsuma’s and Clementine’s are still available but sadly will soon be coming to an end.
Local Bramley Cooking Apples and Conference Pears are still good from cold stores along with Spanish Strawberries and Raspberries which are still proving to be a great value.
The spring crop of Purple Sprouting Broccoli should be available now although this is weather dependant.
And last but not least we have White and Red Chicory which is a firm favourite and going well in these colder months.
We are extremely sorry for any inconvenience that you may have suffered with the topics discussed here. Rest assured that we are doing all that we can to keep on top of these issues and to keep our customers stocked with great produce.