Produce News Summer 2024

We have finally said goodbye to the cool, wet winter and spring and are starting to see some summer sunshine and warmth. We are beginning to see what should be an abundance of local seasonal produce starting to arrive.  The cool spring has delayed some of the early vegetable crops and led to a few supply shortages with gaps between old and new crops along with imported and early local crops. We seem to have overcome the recent gap in parsnip supply and moved onto Spanish new crop but in particular brassicas and potatoes have been difficult and this will continue into the summer until some of the new crops start arriving to relive the supply shortage. New local mid potatoes have now arrived but the price remains high whist the supply is still relatively short.

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• All root vegetables are available but have mostly changed over to either new crop or imported. We expect the supply problems to continue for a while yet and prices to remain volatile.

Broccoli, cauliflower and tender stem are local but we may have a few gaps due to the wet weeks in the winter affecting the planting cycles

• New crop Norfolk Peer mid potatoes have now started and look and taste fantastic. They will be available all through the summer.

• Local asparagus finished around 21st June as normal to let the plants re-grow and take on nutrients ready for next year. This has been replaced by imported.

• The local berry and soft fruit season is now in full swing with Norfolk strawberries, raspberries and blackberries all in season for the summer. Gooseberries are also available for a few weeks with local blueberries and redcurrants following on very soon.

•  Melons are now all Spanish, generally good quality and reasonably priced.

• Outdoor rhubarb remains available for another few weeks but will finish for a few months sometime in August.

• All leafy salads including the baby leave are now locally grown and harvested. They have been improving week by week in the warmer weather. We now have premium local mixed bay leaf grown by Jonny Cubbitt in Blakeney. Ask for a sample of this superb local product..

• UK tomatoes have now started with Local Norfolk Heritage tomatoes on stock and going on through into the autumn. These always prove to be a popular seasonal option through the summer months.

•  Summer stone fruits – peaches/nectarines/apricots/plums and cherries – all are in season and at their best over the summer months – cherries will be limited season.

Other more specialist seasonal items to consider

• Black cabbage

• Kale

• Rainbow chard

• Chicory- red and white

• Heritage carrots and potatoes

• Baby vegetables

• English watercress

• Mooli

• Kohl rabi

• Fresh peas and broad beans in pod with runner beans to follow in July.

Items finishing/Finished

• Local asparagus has now finished and we will move back to imported over the summer.

• Wild garlic =- finished until next spring.

• Jersey Royal new potatoes finishing soon as the local new crops arrive

•  Blood oranges now just about finished until December

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