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Epping Road
Nazeing
Essex
EN9 2DH

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March and April 2012

Market Report March and April 2012 

Well it has been a strange start to the year with a mixture of vey mild and very cold weather as well as being quite dry.  Lets hope the early spring bring some settled weather both here and overseas which will bring us some good produce at competitive prices. With many notable events coming up - St Patricks Day 17th March, Mothering Sunday 18th March,  Easter weekend 6th – 9th April and St Georges Day 23rd April much menu planning will probably be taking place.  Hopefully the information below will help with this.

Vegetables 

The English Asparagus season should be starting so we should see some good quality produce over the next few weeks which will add to the good array of British produce currently available which includes Carrot, Beetroot, Leeks, Swede, Mid Potatoes, Red Onion, Pak Choi and Parsnips.Look out for the Purple Sprouting Broccoli which is now in season and readily available as well as the Red and Green Kale and for something different trythe Kohl Rabi from Italy.  Fresh Peas and Broad Beans from Italy, Morocco and Egypt will also be readily available soonA big cheer for one of the best potato, Jersey Royals, which will make a welcome return.  Good in flavour however the price may not be so good.  New season Cyprus and Spanish Potatoes will start to replace the Old English Main Crop as they start to show signs of decline.  English Green and Savoy Cabbages are now ending however Spring Greens and in particular the Sweetheart Cabbage from Portugal are replacing them.  Aubergines from Belgium are good but can be a bit pricey for their size.

Salad

We now start the switch from Spanish to Dutch and Belgium produce particularly Peppers, Cucumbers and Tomatoes however some quality/flavour  issues may initially arise particularly with the Peppers.  English Cucumbers however, should be on the scene by the end of March at a good price which we hope will continue.  French Fancy Lettuces are looking good and some English Lettuces will also start to appear by end March beginning of April.English watercress took a bit of a  hammering with the week of snow during February however it’s a hardy fellow and we should see it return.

Fruit

Late season Spanish Ortaniques, Minneola’s and Mandarins are now available although they are not as easy to peel as other varieties.  The good news is Spanish Strawberries are available again this year and at a good price however we see the end of the English Cox’s which will be replaced by Dutch and New Zealand varieties.  However don’t forget the good old English Conference Pear is still available for a few more weeks before the Packham and Florelle hit the market and, perhaps for something different sweet tasting Yellow plums. Peaches and Nectarines will now be coming from Argentina which will inflate the price somewhat but we will try and manage this as best we can.

Best Buys

Outdoor and Forced British Rhubarb from Yorkshire is again  on the scene and by the end of March early April be at a good price.  Look out for good quality Cherries in April from France and Spain. Why not try baby kiwi from Chile.  They are not around for long are quite a nice novelty item.  Looking like a grape they are sweeter than a normal kiwi.English Parsnips, Swede and Jerusalem Artichokes are all still good value.  Blood Oranges are a really good option and Lemons are still one of the cheapest products on the market.

Not So Good

Butternut Squash is proving to be a bit pricey and the English Fruit season is coming to an end.


 

previous market reports

Market Report - April 2011
Market Report November 2010
Market Report - September & October 2010
Market Report May 2010
Market Report - March 2010
Market Report - January & February 2010
Market Report - November and December 2009
Market Report - September 2009
August 2009

 

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