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March-ing into March!

March 2nd, 2018 by

The winter season 2017/18 has been relatively benign compared with this time last year when prices were extremely high and produce from Europe very scarce.

We now have a cold period upon us which hopefully will be short lived. Please be aware that it is likely to disrupt some of our local leafy vegetables such as kale, green cabbages and cauliflowers and lead to a tightening of supplies until they grow on again. We will keep you updated on our Facebook and Twitter as we progress through the cold snap.

We also have our Instagram page up and running too, so make sure you head over and check us out!

We’re Rooting for Root Veg!

All the root vegetables should be available as normal through March with little to no affect on the quality as they are all either harvested and in store already or protected under the ground.

  • Carrots
  • Parsnips
  • Swede
  • Leeks
  • Celeriac
  • Beetroots
  • Jerusalem Artichokes

Some leafy greens are becoming available, but this will depend on the severity of the cold weather and they could be delayed by the frost.  Black cabbage will be imported for a while towards the end of the month and through April until some new crop local starts; this will probably be the case with all green cabbages as we go through the ‘hungry gap’ which is the end of the over wintered crops and waiting for the new spring crops to be ready.

Get Excited About:

  • Local Spring Cauliflowers should start to come in through March and April but may be delayed by the cold weather.
  • Yorkshire and local Forced Rhubarb will be available through March with outdoor local from mid April.
  • Heritage Potatoes – Ratte, Anya, Pink Fir Apple and Purple (Violette) are all in stock
  • Baby Vegetables – still mostly imported but availability should be good
  • Blood Oranges – available until April and looking very good and colourful now. Seville Oranges for marmalade have finished until next January.
  • Purple Sprouting Broccoli spring crop should be available now weather dependant.
  • Local Bramley Cooking Apples, and Conference Pears still good from cold stores but prices will increase due to shortages from last year’s harvest. This will be the same for all types of apples.
  • Spanish Strawberries and Raspberries should be very nice and good value.

Other Items to Consider:

  • Crosnes, Nasturtium Root, Chervil Root, Parsley Root and Red and Blue Meat radish – ask us for availabilities on these items as they will be available to order and price on the day.
  • Heritage Beetroots – Normal large/medium size, Baby, Red, Gold and Candy
  • Heritage Carrots – both medium size and mixed baby, White, Orange, Purple and Yellow
  • Chicory – Red and White
  • Salsify
  • Mooli
  • Kohl Rabi
  • Fresh Peas and Broad Beans in pods from Italy and Spain

Coming Up:

  • Local Asparagus will start to become available towards mid/end April nd stay until until 21st June
  • Wild mushrooms – spring flush of St George, Mousseron, Ceps and Morels
  • Jersey Royal Potatoes – should be available towards the end of March but will be expensive to start with
  • Wild Foraged Garlic due mid March

And as always, we have a plentiful stock of dried goods and sauces available as well as fresh baked bread and rolls.

If chocolate is your thing, ask us about Callebaut and the range of items that we stock too.

For full item lists or to request anything that you don’t see here, please visit our website!