Duncan’s Latest Crop Report – November 2015

9th November 2015
As we move to winter time local brassicas and cabbages are now available at the same time local strawberries, lettuce ad salads are all drawing to a close. We will be switching to Spanish and other Mediterranean countries in the main for salads, peppers and cucumbers. Local tomatoes are beginning to come to an end, there will be some limited availability of local though this will be confined to just a couple of lines.

Local

Garlic We are still using high quality Garlic Farm assured garlic only, for our garlic bulbs, black garlic cloves and smoked garlic bulbs. Having Colin one of the foremost garlic experts on our doorstep is an opportunity to ensure we stock the best garlic available. Tomatoes We now stock new season Isle of Wight cherry tomatoes, mini plum, golden mini plum and classic loose and of course the Organic Heirloom mix. The quality and taste is far better than that of the imports as these are grown on the vine to maturity rather than picked under ripe. The Tomato Stall also specialise in the tastier varieties than just the highest yielding, this is what makes the difference. We also supply Tomato Stall ketchup, oak smoked tomatoes and juices all top quality. Mushrooms New Forest mushrooms are in good supply and consistent quality the texture is much better than imported due to be a day fresher as we collect direct from the grower in the New Forest. Our grower is in the throes of changing his manure to organic this will make his product range even better. These are: Flat, Portobello, Cup, Chestnut and a Gourmet mix (Eryngi, yellow oyster, grey oyster and shiitake). Eryngi, Shiitake, Grey Oyster and Yellow Oyster are all available on a bought to order basis this ensures they are fresh to you straight from the grower. We do still offer cheaper imported button mushrooms where provenance is not an over riding factor for customers who are on a budget. Potatoes We are now getting all our Maris from our grower on the Isle of Wight, John's crop is excellent as always and is all from his main crop. Gourmet Baby Leaf Our Gourmet baby leaf offering is a superb mix of the most delicate of leaves and now comes in a re-sealable 500gm bag, from Secretts Farm. This is ever popular at fine dining establishments and has an ever increasing loyal following for those who want the best. Herbs All herbs are from our grower in the New Forest, during the periods that his herbs cannot grow here he imports quality herbs from abroad until his home grown are available again. Most of the herbs from him are Columbian or Middle Eastern currently. Carrots We now collect local yellow and purple baby carrot these are on a bought to order basis so please allow 48 hours to avoid disappointment. Normal carrots are all UK and will remain so until April or May. Cauliflowers Fantastic large Isle of Wight cauliflowers are now in stock. Brassica Lovely Isle of Wight Kale is in full swing with Purple Sprouting due very soon, Cavelo Nero is also available on a bought to order basis. Celeriac Celeriac from the Isle of Wight is now in stock complete with some fine celery sticks growing from them.

General

Aubergines These are of good consistent quality and reasonable volumes, prices have stabilised recently these are now Spanish due to the quality. Baby Salad Mixes We do a genuine Baby Leaf mix which remains our best seller, this is a fairly robust product and certainly not as delicate as the Gourmet mix, the leaves are now mainly imported. Broccoli We are now coming to the end of the UK season and expect a switch to Spanish due any day, as the UK heads are getting smaller it is time to look further afield. Cucumbers We have switched to Spanish as the UK season has just finished and the last Dutch produce is beginning to look a little tired. Onions Red Onions from the UK new crop are now at their best. We have switched to Spanish onions for normal brown onions as these are the best available. Parsnips We are supplying just UK parsnips once again Medina is leading the way in support of the UK farmers when quality and price are similar we will source as locally as possible. Peppers These are now switching over to Spanish and other Mediterranean supplies quality is fine and sizes are improving from the smaller early crop. Swede We are now on new season UK swede, the quality is far better and product much cleaner than the old crop. Honeydew No issues seen in the latest arrivals these Spanish melons are more elongated than the Southern Hemisphere ones. Galia The Spanish Galia varieties are back in season and prices have fallen back from earlier highs when we were on Southern hemisphere fruit. Cantaloupe Spanish orange melons are coming in with lovely dark orange flesh and very juicy just right for that summer fruit salad. Watermelon Good quality upon arrivals this week - Product is not showing any major quality issues. Good flavour .Slightly lower brix in the small sizes. Lemons We are now stocking Turkish lemons which are now in full swing, prices are competitive and quality is bang on. Limes Good products coming in. Firm and juicy flesh, supplies are mainly Mexican and Brazilian.