Produce News Winter 2023

As we move into November, the season has now changed from autumn to winter and this brings into play many of the items that we associate with the colder days of winter and Christmas.

We will now start to see many seasonal products such as chestnuts, sprouts, sprout stalks, fresh cranberries, leafy clementine’s and Spanish navel oranges along with the regular, in season root vegetables you would normally associate with this time of year.

Berries, in particular strawberries have been rather difficult and very expensive recently but we hope by December, Egyptian and Spanish fruit will arrive and allow the supply and prices to return to normal

Our local, best in season vegetables include carrots, parsnips, celeriac, leeks, sprouts, red/white/Savoy cabbage and cauliflower, black cabbage (Cavelo Nero), kale, as well as local onions, red onions, organic squashes, pumpkins and ‘Norfolk Pink’ Stemster potatoes. We mustn’t forget seasonal vegetables from other parts of the UK and beyond such as turnips and swede from Scotland.

Alongside this local and seasonal produce, other items, such as coloured heritage beetroots and carrots, Chantenay carrots, baby vegetables, Jerusalem artichokes, butternut and mixed squash, Muscat and Crown Prince pumpkins, sweet potatoes, salsify, fresh horseradish and Romanesque all remain in season for now.

It’s this time of year when we also start to ramp up our prepared vegetable offering.  Our most popular line being our hand finished prepared potatoes for roast, chips or mash in 2.5kg and 5kg units.. All of our prepared vegetables are made in house to order by our dedicated prep factory team and we offer the whole range including sprouts, baton carrots,  swede and many other combinations – all we ask is that you give us 24hrs notice or Friday for Monday delivery in order that we can ensure maximum freshness.

Autumn also sees the start of the local top fruit season and with the harvest now finished, we have local Coxes and Bramley cooking apples, Conference pears and quinces all available from our local orchards.

We will also see the main Spanish citrus season starting now with lemons, satsumas,  leafy clementines and navel oranges all starting to come through now, followed by Italian blood oranges from around mid December and hopefully in time for Christmas.

We will also continue to stock a full range of fresh herbs, micro salads and exotic, wild and regular mushrooms.

Don’t forget about our extensive ranges of dairy and cheese including all the local cheeses in various sizes and also our full range of dried ingredients, dried fruit, sugars, nuts, local Heygates flours, chocolate by Callebaut, condiments and sauces by Colmans and Stokes – many in various sizes from larger catering packs to smaller retail sizes.

We are pleased to offer the full range of plant based milks from Glebe Farm in Huntingdon, a local farming business who have diversified into this area, using home grown oats as one if the main ingredient.     

Please do not hesitate to call us if you are looking for a product you can’t find elsewhere as we feel confident that we can find most things for you if it exists and is in season.

Look out for our Christmas opening times on our social media platforms and we will endeavour to meet your needs over this Christmas and New Year period.

Best Wishes

The Accent Fresh team

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