Sadly the holidays are over and we now have schools returning to the classroom. To kick off the new term there are plenty of ideas for a change of menu.
Let’s look at what we have!
August is a positively vibrant cocktail of joy in the seasonal calendar. A large measure of mid-summer products with a mixer of late summer produce and a garnish, dare we say it, of a few early notes of Autumn!
The glorious weather, despite the lack of rain, is helping keep the wonderful array of UK produce in full flow.
Hazzaaaa… The heart of the summer is fast approaching along with a bonanza of seasonal treasures.
The warmer temperatures over recent weeks will ensure July will be awash with some real homegrown gems.
There is a profusion of UK grown Produce hitting the market in the coming weeks, especially Berries and Cherries which are at their peak. Contact your depot for your local source of these tasty treats!
Grapes will move over to Egyptian and Greek and as the month goes on, so quality will get better through the month. Then we will move onto Italian and Spanish for the summer.
European Apples have managed to hang on longer than we expected but the availability will dry up before moving over to southern hemisphere fruit. Prices will rise to take into consideration transport costs.
At last, the Spanish Melon season has kicked off so all varieties are becoming more available and by mid-June should be plentiful and really tasty!
May is truly a chef’s delight, transforming our chums in white into the proverbial kid in a sweet shop. We will see a profusion of summer produce appearing which sets the tone and shapes many menus for the coming months.
With a treasure trove of local and UK-wide products available it is absolutely the time to think about provenance!
We also have a few products in transition to be aware of so please take a few minutes to read on so we can guide you through the early summer labyrinth of produce.
Spring is in the air and we all have good reasons to be more cheerful about the months ahead! As a result, here are some things to whet your appetite and to help you plan your menus.
This time of year sees the seasons change and so over the coming month, we will see much more exciting UK grown produce.
Read on to see what’s in store. As Nessa from Gavin and Stacey would say “What’s occurring”!
This month it is all about looking forward, with summer edging closer each day there are some terrific early summer produce starting to appear.
March can also have its seasonal pitfalls with a few products in transition. So, with all this in mind read on to see what lies ahead.
In the “Month of Love” we will see a few small hints of Spring arriving as well as some classics showing a bit of value. So, to find out about the early signs of a seasonal cult classic to making use of a common or garden root…. Please do read on.
With the uncertainty over Brexit and tougher lockdown restrictions throughout the hospitality industry, it is like trying to navigate your way around a SAS assault course blindfolded when penning our January market report.
One standout product in January is Forced Yorkshire Rhubarb. This truly majestic product always adds a vibrant and tasty addition to any seasonal menu.
The product is traditionally grown and picked by candlelight, the long and somewhat laborious task of “forcing” originated back in the 1800s to provide extra fruit throughout the winter months.
Let’s start off by saying we at Total Produce have been full of admiration for the way you in the hospitality industry have worked through a minefield of constantly changing restrictions this year. Well done! We know it has been extremely hard.
Your resilience can only be admired! December will look somewhat different from previous years but please allow us to separate the mistletoe from the holly in order to give you the very best and worst of what the final month of the year has to offer.