With autumn approaching fast it’s time to say goodbye to another tough summer for the fruit and veg world once again. With flash flooding in most parts of the UK and long spells of very high temperatures throughout Europe it’s safe to say it’s been a rough couple of months for our growers.
August always has a mixture of some wonderful late summer treats and as we see autumn starting to creak open the door ever so slightly, there will be an abundance of delightful late summer product with just a dash of pre-autumnal produce.
We are now in the eye of the storm in terms of Summertime (literally). Floods, cooler temperatures and just general dullness have had an adverse effect on many core produce lines throughout the last three or four weeks.
So let’s grab our spades and dig a bit deeper to find some of those ‘jewels of July’ in order to sprinkle your menus with some mid-summer love!
The first of the Spanish Melon season has arrived onto the market which also means the end of the Southern Hemisphere season. The Melon will start off small and prices will be a little high but as we progress through the season the melon size will increase and prices will fall.
European stone fruit season is underway and prices are dropping rapidly with availability increasing each week. These delicious fruits such as Peach, Nectarine and Apricot are always a popular choice throughout the summer. You also find Spanish Cherries starting to appear at your local depot.
Three Cheers for U.K. Produce…
Summer is starting to dance towards us faster so let’s celebrate all the wonderful U.K produce.
There is an absolute Aladdin’s cave of produce with the phrase ‘Bang in season’ written all over it. Let’s get those Seasonal Menus packed with the flavour of May!!
In April we will see the return of English Strawberries (hallelujah!) These tasty fruits will first arrive in small punnets as availability will be low and prices will start high, once the season really kicks in we will see prices drop and availability increase.
We are still a few months away from seeing the first European Melons arrive on our markets, until then we are sticking to the trusty Southern Hemisphere melons!
After the hottest February since records begun we can all start looking forward to some early spring produce arriving onto our Fruit Markets.
Finally, dull January is out the way and we can look forward to some busier months ahead and we have Valentine’s Day just around the corner. Unfortunately, the cold nights and frosty mornings may make it a difficult month. Here’s a quick update on the Fruit and Veg world!
The calm after the storm… Hope you all had a great Christmas and we wish you a Happy New Year From everyone at Total Produce.
Christmas is on our doorstep, time to get some sprouts on your plate!