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The Total Produce Market Report April 2018

There’s a good supply of super quality home-grown rainbow chard.

Sweet potatoes are in short supply and are commanding high prices. The forced Rhubarb season has now finished and we have moved over to outdoor varieties.

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FRUIT

The first signs of summer….towards the end of the month we will see the first arrivals of European cherries, peaches and nectarines. Initial volumes will be very limited.

The last supplies of Moroccan nadorcotts will soon be all gone, to be replaced by easy peelers from the southern hemisphere. Spanish lemons & Moroccan oranges are still in plentiful supply: we will start to move over to southern hemisphere fruit in early May including apples and pears which will replace the dwindling supply of French, Belgium and home-grown fruit. Prices will increase.

Berries – poor weather in early March has meant a shortage of raspberries and strawberries from Spain. The first English and Dutch strawberries will make an appearance later this month.

Bananas – due to severe weather conditions in Costa Rica price will remain higher than normal.

Melons – Supplies from Brazil will continue for the next few weeks with the first of the new season Spanish melons arriving towards the end of the month.

VEGETABLES

As we move into April we will see an increase in supplies of ‘Jersey Royals’ which will inevitably lead to a reduction in price, although prices at the moment for the early tunnel grown potatoes are expensive. Majorcan new potatoes will offer a more competitive ‘alternative’. Later in the month we will see the first arrivals of Cornish and Pembroke new potatoes. Please remember to keep plenty of mint in stock…

The long awaited new season southern hemisphere onions will make an appearance this month. Expect prices to fetch a premium compared the old season onions.

Snow effected.. cauliflower and purple sprouting remain in short and prices reflect the shortage. New season savoy, hispi and primo cabbage form warmer climates are commanding high prices.

Imports from Kenya – the supply of fine beans, mange tout, sugar snap and tenderstem have been effected by extensive flooding, prices are increasing.

If the weather improves and daytime temperatures reach the dizzy heights of double figures for a prolonged period of time, we will see the first arrivals of UK asparagus. It will be ‘reassuringly expensive’!

The home-grown ‘root crop’ season is quickly drawing to a close, we will need to source swedes, parsnips, carrots, turnips and leeks from France, Spain and Italy.

Sweet potatoes are in short supply and are commanding high prices. The forced Rhubarb season has now finished and we have moved over to outdoor varieties.

Salads

The British tomato and cucumber season has now started: home-grown iceberg lettuce, baby gem and cos lettuce will become available by the end of month.

As is traditional for this time of year, the supply of Spanish peppers & aubergines comes to and end so we now move over to supplies from growers in Holland and the UK.

Looks like we’ll have to continue to supply spring onions from Mexico and Egypt for the foreseeable future as growers in the Vale of Evesham have been hit hard by the recent poor weather conditions.

Exotics

There’s a good supply of super quality home-grown rainbow chard.

Home-grown baby leaf salad leaves should start around the middle of the month depending on the weather conditions.

Wild Garlic has had a tough start to the season but hopefully with the milder weather this should become more plentiful.

Beautiful heritage tomatoes are available in mixed and single varieties.

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