Produce News Spring 2024

After a very wet and warm winter we are now starting to see some signs of spring with a few drier and sunnier days. Unfortunately the very wet weather has not helped the crops that were in the ground over the winter, in particular parsnips being affected. A small gap in their supply might be possible before the new Spanish crops arrive in May. Because of this we are starting to see significant price rises occurring through April.

Potatoes have been expensive over the winter and into the spring with a general shortfall in supply. We think prices may have peaked now and with the weather improving we are likely to see new crops starting late May to early June.

The Mediterranean weather patterns this winter have been much more normal, leading to a steady supply of good quality winter salads, vegetables and fruits from Spain, France and Italy. We are now likely to see a smooth transition into the summer crops from the UK and Holland.

• Local asparagus is available now until 21st June. Prices will start to reduce over the next few weeks as the crops start to grow quickly in the warmer weather.

• Wild mushrooms; Spring Flush of St George, Mousseron, Ceps and Morels. Please ask for availability and prices as these can vary day to day.

• Jersey royal new potatoes have started but are currently very expensive. These will become cheaper as their availability improves.

• Cauliflowers, Purple Sprouting Broccoli, Swede, Leeks, Celeriac, Beetroots, Jerusalem Artichokes and Red and White Cabbages remain available at good value throughout April and May. They are coming from a mix of stores or in the ground.

• Leafy cabbages including Spring Hispi, Savoy, Kale and Cavelo Nero (black cabbage) will be a mix of UK and imported for a while. Local new crop local starts in May.

• Yorkshire and local forced rhubarb have been available throughout March with outdoor local rhubarb just starting. This will be considerably cheaper than the forced rhubarb which will finish mid April.

• Heritage potatoes; Ratte, Anya, Pink Fir Apple, Purple (Violette) are all available from stock or to pre-order.

• Foraged Wild Garlic has now started and will be around until early May. Look for our forager updates on our social media every Monday for availability of all foraged items.

• Seville Oranges for marmalade are finished until January and Blood Oranges will be around until the end of April. These are still looking very good and colourful.

• Local Bramley cooking apples, Braeburns, and Conference Pears are still very good from cold stores, Coxes apples have just about finished for the season.

• Spanish strawberries and raspberries are good value until the new Belgium and UK crops start in the near future.

Specialist seasonal items to consider (pre order only)

•Crosnes, Nasturtium Root, Chervil Root, Parsley Root, Red and Blue Meat Radish. Please speak to your Account Manager to check their availability as this and their prices can vary day to day

.•Heritage Beetroots should be available with new crop Spanish bunched becoming available very soon.

•New season wet garlic is now available to order, the first of the new crop having larger and milder bulbs

•Heritage carrots; white, orange, purple, yellow should be available as we move from UK to French and Spanish crop for the next couple of months.

Other Produce to Consider

•Red and white Chicory

•Salsify•Mooli

•Kohl Rabi

•Fresh peas and broad beans in pods are now starting from Italy and Spain

Coming Soon

•UK and local leafy salads and baby leaves will start to arrive by the end of April

•We will change over from Spanish to Dutch and UK tomatoes and cucumbers at the end of April. This will be followed by our local heritage tomatoes.

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