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Produce News for May 2018

May 1st, 2018 by

After a long winter, spring has finally arrived and has allowed some of our local crops to grow on and catch up a little.

We have seen the first English Asparagus with the Norfolk crop now coming in to full production and it will remain with us until the traditional last cut on 21st June; after this the crop is allowed to grow on and store nutrients for next season.

We have also seen the first of the local Strawberries peeking through, with production increasing steadily through May. Local Raspberries are also making an appearance, with Gooseberries and Blackcurrants starting to show towards the end of the month.

Keep an eye on our Facebook, Twitter and Instagram for updates on when White Currants and Pink Gooseberries become available as it will only be for a short period. Stone fruits like Nectarines, Peaches and Apricots are also now in season.

Over wintered local vegetables will start to come to an end in the next month or so with Carrots, Parsnips, Leeks and Savoy Cabbages all being replaced by imported crops for a few weeks. We will see local Spring Pointed Cabbage start to come in and Cauliflowers should be in full production though.  Don’t forget that local Purple Sprouting Broccoli is currently available until the heat of the summer forces it to flower.

Jersey Royal Potatoes should be at their best and probably cheapest during May with some local New Potatoes starting to appear at the end of May if the weather stays warm; look out for Norfolk Peer Washed New Potatoes from Heygates farms at Swaffham.

Blood Oranges are now just about finished along with Forced Rhubarb but will be replaced with the much cheaper locally grown Outdoor Rhubarb and Baby Vegetables are still mostly imported but availability should be good

Local Bramley Cooking Apples are still good from cold stores, but prices continue to increase due to shortages from last year’s harvest; this remains the case for most types of apples.

Leafy Salads will gradually change over from imported to local over the early part of May with many types of Northern European Tomatoes, Cucumbers and Peppers becoming available.

Other items to consider:

  • Crosnes
  • Nasturtium Root
  • Chervil Root
  • Parsley Root
  • Red and Blue Meat Radish

Ask for availability on these items as they will be available to order and price on the day.

  • Heritage Beetroots – normal large/medium size and Baby (Red, Gold and Candy)
  • Heritage Carrots – both medium size and mixed baby (White, Orange, Purple, Yellow)
  • Chicory – Red and White
  • Salsify
  • Mooli
  • Kohl Rabi
  • Fresh Peas and Broad Beans in pods from Italy and Spain

As always, we have our thriving dry store, dairy section with local and global cheeses, our fresh bakery and more sauces than you can shake a stick at so pop over to www.accentfresh.co.uk to check it out or call 01366 386633 to request a full stock list!